Coronavirus: Google I / O developer conference canceled

Because of the spread of the corona virus, Google has decided to cancel the developer conference in Mountain View and plans to host it in a different form.Reading time:1 min.Save in pocketreadPrint viewread comments10posts

So now: Google will not hold its developer conference I / O as planned. The company informed participants who could get hold of one of the coveted tickets on Tuesday evening that at least the presence at the headquarters in Mountain View will be canceled. A company spokesman confirmed the cancellation to US media.

“Because of concerns about the coronavirus and in accordance with the recommendations of the CDC, WHO and other health authorities, we decided to cancel the physical portion of Google I / O in the Shoreline Amphitheater,” the company said. In the coming weeks, Google plans to provide information on how the developer community can be brought together for exchange.

The Google I / O should take place from May 12th to 14th. Admission ticket holders get their money back. If you were lucky enough to get one of the coveted tickets this year, you won’t have to take part in the lottery again next year for I / O, but can buy a ticket again, Google promises.

After numerous cancellations of European events – from MWC Barcelona to the Geneva Motor Show and ITB Berlin to Cebit successor Twenty2X and the Leipzig Book Fair – events on the US west coast have recently been canceled. Facebook initially canceled its F8 developer conference , followed by the Game Developers Conference (GDC) and Nvidia’s GTC .

The big developer conferences are the most important events for IT giants like Google and Microsoft. Both companies had recently canceled smaller conferences, which was seen as an omen for the main events . As expected, Google has now canceled the I / O. With this, the eyes turn to Microsoft: The group is still sticking to the implementation of the build, which should take place one week after the I / O. However, it is now very likely that the build will also fail.

The South By Southwest Technology Music Art Festival (SXSW), for which tens of thousands of people make a pilgrimage to Austin, Texas every March, is under pressure. But despite numerous cancellations by prominent companies such as Facebook, Intel and Twitter and a petition for a cancellation, the organizers have so far held on to their festival. ( vbr ) Read comments ( 10 )Go to the homepage

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