Google IO 2020, which was slated to run from Could 12-14, has been canceled over coronavirus issues. The bodily occasion, anyway, as it would stay on in digital kind.
“Over the approaching weeks, [Google] will discover different methods to evolve Google IO to greatest join with our developer neighborhood” based on an official assertion emailed to confirmed attendees, which tech knowledgeable Nate Harris tweeted (beneath):
Google I/O canceled attributable to #Corvid19 , convention will likely be distant as an alternative @AndroidPolice @arstechnica @Google @googledevs #GoogleIO pic.twitter.com/YyQ2c8mTIPMarch 3, 2020
The Google Builders twitter account swiftly adopted up with a tweet of its personal confirming the cancellation of the bodily occasion, and pointed to the official Google IO 2020 website which posted the identical statement that was beforehand emailed out to attendees.
To offset the commerce shortfall from the cancelled occasion, Google is reportedly pledging $1 million to native organizations in Mountain View, which is able to assist small companies and, curiously, additionally go towards efforts to extend STEM and pc science alternatives in Mountain View colleges, based on TechCrunch.
What is the digital different?
Whereas this implies a bodily occasion will not be held, Google IO 2020 may nonetheless go on as a digital convention – an rising different as the specter of a spreading coronavirus has pushed occasions like MWC 2020 to cancel outright and GDC 2020 to be indefinitely postponed.
Nvidia GTC 2020, as an illustration, could have all its panels and keynotes streamed digitally based on its authentic schedule. Heck, even Google’s personal Cloud Subsequent switched to an online-only present, together with different enterprise occasions like Microsoft MVP and Adobe Summit. Slightly than cancel, conferences are scrambling to go digital.
Whether or not Google opts to do the identical with IO is unclear, as they’ve assured that anybody who bought tickets will get a full refund by March 13, 2020, per the assertion. Those that had registered for this yr’s present will be capable of purchase tickets for subsequent yr’s Google IO 2021.
As not too long ago as February 28, Google confirmed to Verge government editor Dieter Bohn that Google IO 2020 would nonetheless be held bodily, and had been notifying ticket winners within the days main up. However with extra companies pulling out of occasions over coronavirus issues, it is attainable Google noticed the writing on the wall and selected to offer attendees extra discover for IO – earlier than they did it anyway because the virus spreads.