Enlarge /. Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google (and now also Alphabet), speaks at last year's Google I / O conference on May 7, 2019.
The spring series of technology fairs in Silicon Valley continues to wane in view of communicable diseases: Google's I / O developer conference for 2020 has now been canceled because the company has raised concerns about the corona virus.
"Due to concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and in accordance with the health guidelines of the CDC, WHO and other health authorities, we decided to cancel the physical Google I / O event," the company said. Instead of bringing a whole bunch of breaths together and possibly bringing people together in one place, we'll "explore other ways to evolve Google I / O to best connect with our developer community," probably with a strong focus on online delivery .
Anyone who has purchased a passport for the 2020 I / O will receive a full refund by March 13, the Google website states. All registered participants for the 2020 show will automatically receive an "invitation" for the 2021 issue.
Google is the latest, but probably not the last Silicon Valley company to drop personal conference plans for this spring. Facebook canceled its F8 developer conference last week, which is scheduled to start on May 5. The next day the game developer conference, which was due to start on May 16, was canceled.
Countless other industries and sectors follow this example. For example, the auto industry has scrapped this year's Geneva Motor Show. Science isn't immune either – one of the world's largest physics conferences, the March meeting of the American Physical Society, was due to start this week and instead was canceled at the last minute for the same reason.