Google has canceled its biggest event of the year because of coronavirus concerns

Google has canceled its biggest event of the year because of coronavirus concerns

Business·2020-03-04 04:52

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Google has canceled its annual Google I/O developers conference because of the coronavirus, according to multiple reports on Tuesday.

The cancellation comes after several other high-profile events have been delayed or scrapped for the same reason, including Mobile World Congress and Facebook’s F8 conference.

In an email to attendees announcing the cancellation, the search giant said it was following health guidance from the CDC and WHO.

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Google has canceled its annual Google I/O developers conference over coronavirus-related concerns, the company said on Tuesday. The cancellation comes after a string of other high-profile events have been scrapped because of the virus, including Mobile World Congress and Facebook’s F8 conference. Blog 9to5Google first reported Google’s decision to call off the event.

Google said it will cancel the physical event, which usually takes place at the Shoreline Ampitheater in Mountain View, California, and will “explore other ways to evolve Google I/O to best connect with our developer community.”

“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,” a Google spokesperson said in a comment to Business Insider. “Over the coming weeks, we will explore other ways to evolve Google I/O to best connect with and continue to build our developer community. We’ll continue to update the Google I/O website.”

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