The annual Google I/O Conference is not happening this year, a company spokesperson confirmed. Originally scheduled to take place on 12-14 May in California, the event was cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
“Due to concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19), and in accordance with health guidance from the CDC, WHO, and other health authorities, we have decided to cancel the physical Google I/O event at Shoreline Amphitheatre,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “Over the coming weeks, we will explore other ways to evolve Google I/O to best connect with and continue to build our developer community. We’ll continue to update the Google I/O website.”
The Google I/O Conference is the company’s most immersive event with thousands of demonstrations that give global developers in its ecosystem a chance to touch, feel and interact with Google’s latest technology. The event draws thousands of attendees from many parts of the world awaiting the new features of Google products such as Android and YouTube.
Google is among a growing number of tech companies to postpone, alter or cancel big events because of the coronavirus. The Mobile World Congress last month and the ITB Berlin are two of the big events that were hit by the health crisis. Other sectors of the travel industry are affected as well.
The company said in an email that it will refund those who bought tickets for the event. It is not yet confirmed if the event will take place virtually like the Google Cloud Next 2020 in April. Organisers are looking for ways on how to manage events during times like this.
The COVID-19 virus has resulted in 91,300 confirmed cases and at least 3,110 deaths globally, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.