In the midst of the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in the world, it has greatly affected the world economy and our daily living and how we conduct our business. As a result of these new transformations that occurred in most countries, thousands of events and conferences around the world have also been canceled or postponed to another period of time, while Others have been converted into activities only to be watched online.
The list of canceling technical events at the beginning was very few, as the World Smartphone Conference in Barcelona was the first technical conference to be canceled in the world. Technology pioneers were surprised by this sudden announcement, but over time many other technical conferences quickly made this decision in The complete closure of countries around the world until the outbreak of the virus subsided, below is a list of the most important technical conferences canceled this year.
Barcelona Mobile World Congress
The MWC is the most famous and largest annual smartphone conference in the world, and is being held in Barcelona. The conference usually includes the announcement of the latest new technology products such as smartphones, tablets, smart watches and other technologies.
It was also expected that the fifth-generation communications technology “5G” will be one of the highlights of this year. The conference was canceled on February 12 due to the urgent health conditions in Barcelona and the global concern caused by the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
Facebook Summit for Global Marketing
The Facebook Marketing Summit was scheduled to be held from 9 to 12 March at the Moscone Center in San Francisco and usually brought about 5,000 guests from all over the world, but in mid-February the company canceled the conference, said Facebook spokesperson Anthony Harrison “We canceled the global marketing summit because of the many warnings of the development of public health risks related to the Covid-19 virus.”
And when Facebook made this decision, many questions arose in the technical community about the fate of Facebook’s biggest technical event this year, the F8 Developers Conference in May due to the continued spread of the virus in the United States.
F8 Facebook developer conference
The F8 conference is the largest annual event for the social networking giant Facebook, and was scheduled to be held in San Jose, California, but Facebook is still planning to hold some small local events of the F8 conference and display them to everyone live online.
“In light of the growing concerns about Covid-19, we made the difficult decision to cancel F8 this year in order to prioritize the safety and health of our developers, employees, and everyone who helps in setting up the conference,” Facebook said in a statement.
Google Cloud Next
Google announced on March 2 that it had canceled its “Google Cloud Next” event due to concerns related to the Covid-19 virus, contented to display it as a digital event only. The conference was scheduled to be held in San Francisco from April 6 to 8, and Google said that all Participants who purchased conference tickets will be refunded.
Google I / O Conference
The annual Google Developers Conference I / O is one of the largest and most famous technical events in the world, in which the company usually announces new digital products and technologies. But on March 3, the company announced that it had canceled the personal aspect of the event, which is usually held at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. Google also banned its employees from traveling internationally without special permission from the company.
Okta Oktane Conference
It is the annual event of a security and identity management company for IT professionals, product leaders and developers. It was scheduled to be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco and it usually brings around 6,000 participants annually.
On March 3, the company announced the cancellation of the conference and turned it into a digital event online only in light of the spread of the Covid-19 virus. It was held from March 30 to April 2, and the broadcast was free for anyone who wanted to watch the conference. The company also fully refunded the amounts paid to the conference attendees.
Think is one of the largest developer conferences in the world hosted by IBM. Last year, at least 20,000 people from around the world attended the event. It was also scheduled to take place at the Musken Center in San Francisco from May 5-7, but the company canceled the conference and turned it into a digital event via the live stream feature.
IBM also introduced new travel restrictions, its employees may travel only in the United States to attend customer meetings, and also plans to reduce international travel and encourage its employees to hold virtual meetings.