All the events that got canceled amid the fear of Coronavirus outbreak: SXSW, Mobile World Congress, Game Developers Conference, Facebook F8, and others
The coronavirus outbreak is really disrupting every field and its operations. There are already rumors that most of the smartphone company’s production has been put on hold due to the fear of coronavirus in China. But this outbreak is also affecting the tech world in many ways. The latest news confirms that SXSW (South by Southwest) event, which was scheduled to start on March 13 in Austin, Texas, got canceled due to the medical emergency. Austin mayor announced the cancellation of the tech and cultural event on March 6.
SXSW official website updated about the cancellation of the event. It says “We are devastated to share this news with you. “The show must go on” is in our DNA, and this is the first time in 34 years that the March event will not take place. We are now working through the ramifications of this unprecedented situation.” All the major partakers in this event, like Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok, pulled out a few days ago.
The organizers ensure that they are in try of providing a “virtual SXSW online experience this year and the SXSW EDU will be the first such event. Through the latest press release, they also told that all the registrants, clients, and participants will be contacted by their team and they will put out detailed FAQs shortly.
The press release ensures that the organizers will continue to work hard to bring people the unique events they love. They said, “Though it’s true that our March 2020 event will no longer take place in the way that we intended, we continue to strive toward our purpose – helping creative people achieve their goals.”
Other events that got canceled due to the fear of Coronavirus everywhere
Here are some of the major tech events that have been called off considering the safety of the people.
Google I/O: Google was one of the first tech giants to cancel its event. The plan for its annual developer conference which was scheduled in May at Shoreline Amphitheatre has been scrapped. In this tech, Google usually showcases the new features coming to the Android OS and the futures of Google’s next gadgets. Google is planning to hold an event without people which could be broadcasted to its developer conference website.
Facebook F8: Facebook typically organizes its developer conference event at the beginning of May or starting of April but this year’s event has been canceled. Facebook also said on a note that “We plan to replace the in-person F8 event with locally hosted events, videos, and live-streamed content.”
Mobile World Congress: The MWC event was scheduled for the last month in Barcelona but it got canceled in the second week of February when many participants called off from the event participation. Major partakers like Sony and Qualcomm announced their next plan in the MWC streaming event while LG did it through a press release to announce LG V60 ThinQ.
Game Developers Conference: The annual conference for video game developers was to be held on March 16 but it got canceled last week by the developers. They said they aren’t canceling the event totally for this year but it will be postponed till the summer.
No news about upcoming events of Apple has come yet. Apple’ WWDC which usually takes place June may remain as per schedule but March event may not happen as per the schedule. iPhone SE 2 or iPhone 9 is speculated to be announced on March 31 in an Apple Event but it can be canceled at anytime soon.