As the novel Coronavirus spreads internationally, it has caused tech companies and event organizers to reconsider whether it’s safe to hold large conferences and tradeshows.
Facebook announced decision to cancel its annual F8 software developer conference due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. It was scheduled to take place on May 5 and 6 in McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. Around 5,000 people attended last year’s event. „We need to prioritize the health and safety of our developer partners, employees and everyone who helps put F8 on,” Facebook Director of Platform Partnerships Konstantinos Papamiltiadis said in a blog post. Facebook said it plans to connect with developers through other means, including “through a combo of locally hosted events, videos and live streamed content.”
The coronavirus outbreak
Previously, Facebook announced to pull out of March’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco and PAX East, a gaming convention scheduled to take place in Boston from Feb. 27-March 1. Other important events were affected in the actual circumstances. As an exemple, Mobile World Congress in Barcelona was canceled after a number of vendors, including Ericsson, ZTE, LG, MediaTek, Facebook, Nvidia and more either pulled out of the show, scaled back operations or chose not to send employees.