Google is canceling its I/O developer event.
Google’s next I/O developer conference was set to take place from May 12th to May 14th, but amid the coronavirus outbreak, the company has decided to cancel its event in accordance with health guidance from the CDC. This is the first time Google has canceled an I/O event, its flagship developer conference, since its first edition in 2008.
The I/O developer event is regularly used to introduce new changes and updates to Android, Google-powered hardware, and services like Google Maps, but as concerns around the coronavirus continue to reveal themselves around the world, Google has begun exploring new ways to connect with its developer community. Through a statement, the tech company has said that attendees will be refunded in full by March 13th, and those who purchased tickets for this year’s event will be automatically granted the option of buying a Google I/O 2021 ticket.
To make up for the economic impact of canceling the event, TechCrunch reports that Google is pledging $1 million to local Mountain View organizations to support small businesses and increase STEM and computer science opportunities in Mountain View schools. For further doubts, Google asks customers and the general piblic to please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other tech events have also canceled due to the virus concerns, including the Mobile World Congress of last month, which was scheduled to happen this week in Barcelona, followed by Facebook’s F8 developer conference in San Jose, California, and the Game Developer Conference, the world’s largest mobile trade show. These decisions have experts fearing over the fate of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, which is normally held in early June.
“Celebrating our global developer community at F8 each year is incredibly important to us at Facebook, but we won’t sacrifice the health and safety of our community to do so,” said Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, Facebook’s director of developer platforms and programs, in a statement.