Amidst the coronavirus outbreak, many big events have been either postponed or canceled, such as the Mobile World Congress 2020.
Nowadays, canceling live events that were scheduled in the next four months or so have become a norm. And now, one of the most anticipated tech events is not only postponed but totally canceled.
Have you also been patiently waiting for this year’s Google I/O event?
Google has announced that it will completely cancel the I/O event this year. Sad to say there will be no seeing any of it this year.
Google I/O 2020 completely canceled
One of the most anticipated tech events every year is Google’s very own I/O Developers Event. The event is set to happen this May 12 – 14.
Unfortunately, with only a few months to go, Google has to pull the plug on this event. Due to the health concerns brought by the coronavirus, this event will not see the light of day anymore.
Our daily lives have been greatly affected by this global pandemic. No one is excused as everyone around the world is experiencing the wrath of the novel coronavirus.
Because of the rapid spread of the coronavirus, which would potentially lead to a more fatal Covid-19, both organizers and attendees have become more cautious of large gatherings.
But there are already ordinances and guidance in place that prohibit those anyway. The World Health Organization (WHO) is still encouraging people to stay at home in order to help prevent spreading the virus.
Because of what’s happening, there are more tech-savvy companies who have resorted to online alternatives for announcements and events. You might think that Google will do the same, unfortunately not.
As it turns out, it is not that easy to organize even an online event under these circumstances.
No online I/O event this year either
Although Google I/O 2020 event was not supposed to happen until mid-May, the tech company was being overly cautious when it called off the physical event earlier this month.
And as already mentioned, there were already many events that were canceled early on or last minute. One being, key participants have already backed out. Second, the fear of the rapid spread of the virus amongst large crowds.
Initially, Google was expected to have some of its I/O 2020 activities online. It would not involve interaction with people, plus, it would even reach an even broader audience as simply as streaming it live.
The tech company was planning to run online workshops and webinars for the developers and press. Sadly, things went from bad to worse in just a couple of days.
So, Google has made the hard decision to completely cancel the event.
Preparing for an online event would still require people to be physically present to set and ready things up. Someone has to be there to record and live stream. Additionally, presenters need to be in the place too.
Other companies that had also planned online events might just follow suit.
At this time, it is very difficult and too risky to push employees to go to work to prepare such activities, even is these activities are only available online.
In these trying times, we have seen different companies do their parts in fighting this virus.
All we can do is to stay at home and sanitize in order to help spread the virus to more vulnerable people.