Google has canceled its biggest event of the year, Google I/O , amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Google I/O was due to take place between May 12th and 14th this year, and the cancellation comes just a few days after Google canceled its Cloud Next event in San Francisco in favor of a “digital-first” event. Lets see what Google said about this.
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 Google I/O event at Shoreline Amphitheatre.
All guests who have purchased tickets to I/O 2020 will receive a full refund by March 13, 2020. If you don’t see the credit on your statement by then, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. Guests who have registered for I/O 2020 will not need to enter next year’s drawing and will be automatically granted the option of purchasing an I/O 2021 ticket.
Over the coming weeks, we will explore other ways to evolve Google I/O to best connect with our developer community.
Google has cancelled I/O. There's an argument to be made that the software dev conferences aren't necessary anyway. Hearing execs speak in platitudes on stage isn't the valuable part; it's talking to devs from all over the world about how they build their products and businesses.— Lauren Goode (@LaurenGoode) March 3, 2020