Google is cancelling its I/O developer event following the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The event was due to take place between May 12th to 14th this year.
The cancellation follows a string major tech events cancellations that have taken place in the last two weeks. All pegged on the growing concerns of coronavirus. Google recently cancelled their attendance for Games Developer Summit in mid-March moving it to an online-only event.
“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 /O event at Shoreline Amphitheatre,” explains a Google spokesperson
Google typically uses I/O as its biggest news event of the year to introduce new changes to Android, Google-powered hardware, and even updates to services like Google Maps. And recently, working on exploring “other ways to evolve Google I/O to best connect with and continue to build our developer community.
Those that purchased tickets will be fully refunded by March 13, while registered guests this year will automatically be able to purchase I/O 2021 passes (via Twitter).
In the meantime. Google will be providing $1 million to local Mountain View organizations to help with the lack of I/O and its more than 7,000 attendees. This is specifically focusing on helping to raise awareness about the coronavirus. As well as aiding small businesses, increasing STEM education, and supporting organizations working with unhoused neighbours.
The tech giant has for long live-streamed almost every single keynote and session on YouTube. Thus, it should be equipped to translate I/O into a digital event like the GDC.
The company is yet to mention the proceeds of the event. There is a high possibility the event will also be a digital event. But from notable sources Cloud Next ’20 scheduled for April in San Francisco is now a virtual “Digital Connect” event that includes “interactive learning” and digital Q&A sessions with Google teams. I/O 2020 will likely take a similar format.