Strange Loop

Sept 30 - Oct 2, 2021


Union Station


St. Louis, MO


Is Strange Loop 2021 an in-person conference?


Is there an option for virtual attendance?

Not at this time. Please fill out our interest survey though - we're thinking about it!

What COVID precautions will be in effect for Strange Loop 2021?

Health guidance and social expectations around COVID precautions are changing rapidly and in full truth, it is difficult to predict many months in advance what will be considered normal or necessary in October. Because of this, we are hesitant to decisively state procedures now when many things will change.

We are planning for reduced attendance at the conference as a whole and are using larger workshop rooms than usual to allow for greater distancing. We have accepted (almost) only US-based speakers, and would discourage international attendees from attending this year just to reduce cross-border travel.

We will continue to monitor large event expectations and work closely with our venues and local health officials to ensure that we are in compliance with all health recommendations at the time of the conference. Ultimately, it is up to every attendee to judge their personal risk and comfort level, and act to mitigate that risk for themselves and others.

Is vaccination required for attendance?

At this moment, we do not feel equipped to verify vaccine compliance, so we do not expect to be checking vaccinations. However, we strongly encourage all attendees to be fully vaccinated if you plan to attend (including boosters if those become available in the intervening months).

This answer could change for many reasons - a surge in cases, changes in capability for verifying vaccinations, updates in health guidance, local ordinances, etc.

Will masks be required for attendees?

We will follow the guidance of the CDC and local health authorities. Currently that guidance indicates that fully vaccinated individuals have a strong level of protection and do not need to wear a mask. Attendees are welcome and encouraged to wear masks regardless to further reduce risk.

Unvaccinated individuals MUST wear a mask in all conference spaces.

This answer could change for many reasons between now and the conference.

What should I do if I am sick before or during the conference?

If you feel sick before the conference, please DO NOT ATTEND. We will give you a full refund (regardless of our standard fee policies).

If you start feeling sick during the conference, please stop attending, quarantine in your room, and contact the organizers and/or the hotel.

Will videos be made available after the conference?

Yes, most keynotes and sessions will be posted on the conference YouTube channel. Workshops are not recorded.