Shopify announces plans for ‘Reunite’ in place of ‘Unite’

After canceling its annual partner conference Unite over coronavirus concerns, Shopify has announced a livestream event entitled Reunite.

Stylized as “(re)unite,” the event is planned for May 20, 2020 and will run one hour — from 11 a.m. to noon eastern.

On the event’s website, does not specifically mention if any speakers outside of its exec team will participate, instead listing that the event will include product announcements, trends discussions from its leadership and case studies from business owners.

Not surprisingly, it appears the event will have a special focus on and its impact on business owners.

Unlike Unite, Reunite is being marketed to a broader audience that includes partners and current or future business owners.

The livestream is open to the public and participants are being asked to register online prior to the event. The stream is free and users only need to provide an email address and select a broad category of what type of work they do to sign up.

Shopify then sends a confirmation email with links to add the event to digital calendars that also includes information on how to access the stream.

Unite had been scheduled to take place in early May 2020, but the company canceled it early in the coronavirus outbreak due to concerns about people from around the world traveling to a single location and being is close contact with each other.

Meanwhile, Shopify has also been holding “Partner Town Halls” to connect directly with partners — which typically include developers, designers and consultants who work with other businesses to create businesses via the Shopify platform.