Update that was posted to our discord:
Planning continues on what is set to be the keyboard event of the year but we thought we’d take this time to address some concerns.
Obviously, we are acutely aware of the COVID-19 outbreak and its potential impact on the event. We have no intention of cancelling the meetup unless we are made to do so. That said, we are keeping abreast of broader planning, and while the government has not yet implemented widespread restrictions, they have not ruled out limiting gatherings and movement. There is also a possibility that the venue itself may cancel the event and not allow us to attend.
We’re optimistic about the whole thing, and working under the assumption that it is going ahead (and very excited!) but we’re also being realistic that there is a chance it may not. Hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. Our possible contingency plans currently include relocation, rescheduling and refunding (all the “re”'s).
We would like to encourage you all to look into your arrangements too, be pragmatic, some of you are travelling a long way to come, check your insurance and cancellation policies for travel and accommodation.
Of course we will keep you updated, and welcome any questions.
There will also be further announcements nearer the time with guidelines regarding best practices and hygiene, and we will be taking measures at the event to make sanitisation available for attendees and keyboards.
In more FUN news, we have confirmed donations for giveaways and prizes from the likes of (in no particular order and I’m sure I’ve forgotten some) Mechboards, Cherry, GMK/Uniqey, Signature Plastics, Yiancar Designs, Jelly Key, Pexon PCs, Novelkeys, Alchemist Keyboards, IDB, proto[Typist] (whoever that is), Cooler Master, Das Keyboard, Vortex, WASD, Zeal PC, Ultimate Hacking Keyboard, CandyKeys, SantiGo Customs, Kustom PCs, Kaihl, Leopold, The Keyboard Company, The Key Company, Durgod, Glove Caps, myKeyboard.eu, Keebworks, Mechbox, and more to come I’m sure!
We have a number of presentation and workshop spots lined up, if you have any suggestions or want to put yourself forward let us know