UPDATE (3/6/20): CED Venture Connect and The Muster have been postponed. Raleigh officials also pulled out of sending a delegation to South by Southwest. Read the latest here, here and here.


RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – Three of the biggest tech events in the Carolinas are still going ahead as scheduled despite growing concerns over the coronavirus but another has been postponed.

The CED Venture Connect Summit, set for March 17-19 at the Raleigh Convention Center, was postponed Thursday night.

But Bunker Labs is proceeding with its March 12 event.

“Bunker Labs is a National Non-profit with employees and volunteers located across 35 Chapters in 24 States, delivering monthly programs and events to Veteran and Military Spouse & Family Entrepreneurs. As such, we are watching very carefully the COVID-19 Virus outbreak as it continues to spread across the United States,” Bunker Labs said Thursday.

“We are monitoring closely, the guidelines of Federal, State and Municipal Agencies as it pertains to the safety of our staff and program participants. We will follow those guidelines regarding the potential cancellation of upcoming events if it becomes necessary for the safety of our participants.

“The Bunker Labs Atlantic Muster Across America Tour is scheduled for March 12 at the Met Life GTO 201 MetLife Way in Cary. At this time, it is scheduled to take place, as planned”

DIG SOUTH is set for April 22-24 in Charleston, SC.

The East Coast Game Conference is scheduled for April 7-9 in Raleigh.

“We are moving forward as planned, working closely with our venue partners to ensure all CDC guidelines are met for large gatherings,” a CED spokesperson tells WRAL TechWire’s Shannon Cuthrell.

“The safety of our attendees continue to be a top priority for us as we continue to monitor the situation. I will be in-touch should the status of our event change.”

Added a DIG SOUTH spokesperson:

“Yes, DIG SOUTH Tech Summit is still on … None of our sponsors, speakers or attendees have canceled to date.”

East Coast Game Conference officials also are tracking the virus situation but moving ahead.

“Yes, we are still on,” a spokesperson said about the game event,

” We meet with the Raleigh Convention Center yesterday to ensure the health and safety of all our attendees, guest, and volunteers.  We are monitoring the situation to ensure the health and safety of our community and following the public health guidelines for both federal and state policies, as well as the guidance of global health authorities.”

Regional tech events still on schedule despite coronavirus concerns