Today Notre Dame announced the cancellation of IDEA Week 2020.
Here is a portion of the notification that went out to participants:
IDEA Week 2020 has been canceled and will not be rescheduled. This decision includes the Trevor Noah and OneRepublic performances, the Fighting Irish Esports Invitational tournament and the over 50 other events that were scheduled to be part of the week. The only event that will not be canceled is the McCloskey New Venture Competition, which will be conducted virtually.
More than 20,000 people from over 30 states were expected to attend IDEA Week from April 18-25. Although the event was slated to start more than a month from now, we concluded that given the current and projected status of the coronavirus pandemic, such a concentration of people would be unsafe.While this decision will no doubt be disappointing to many of you, your safety, as well as the safety of our staff and community, is of utmost importance to us.Though it’s true that our 2020 event will no longer take place, the mission of IDEA Week -- promoting the community-transforming benefits of entrepreneurship and innovation -- will continue the rest of this year and in 2021 and beyond. If you purchased tickets to Trevor Noah, OneRepublic or IDEA Week, you will receive a full refund automatically. Because of the unprecedented number of event cancellations in the United States, it may take some time to refund tickets, but we are committed to doing this as quickly as possible and hope to complete all refunds by April 30, 2020.If you have questions regarding this process, please visit our IDEA Week cancellation FAQ page.