The world is in the midst of a pandemic due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, and it’s impacted the global economy and how we live and how we conduct business.
As a result, thousands of events around the world are being canceled, postponed or turned into online-only events in the wake of the coronavirus and the looming threat of COVID-19. If you have something on your calendar for next month, or even this summer, check again, because it might be canceled or postponed. Things change daily, and this list is being updated regularly.
SEE: Coronavirus having major effect on tech industry beyond supply chain delays (free PDF) (TechRepublic)
Tech conferences being canceled around the world
At first, the list of cancellations was just a trickle, with Mobile World Congress announcing on February 12 that it was cancelling its conference in Barcelona. The tech world was astounded by that announcement, but many other conferences were quick to follow suit. Now, it’s a daily announcement of cancellations, and not just those in March or April, but those scheduled for May, June and beyond. It only makes sense, with entire countries shut down as people isolate and quarantine for untold weeks and months on end as they wait for the risk of coronavirus to ebb.
Many conferences have opted to become virtual events, while others are postponing until the fall in the hopes that the coronavirus and COVID-19 will have waned. With coronavirus cases well over the 1 million mark, and global deaths now pushing toward 100,000, no one really knows how long this will last. In the meantime, here’s a list of the cancellations that matter most to tech pros.
As Bill Detwiler reports on ZDNet, two big recent occurrences illustrate how the COVID-19 outbreak is permanently changing the nature of tech industry events. O’Reilly Media completely shut down its events business, citing the toll COVID-19 has taken on families, livelihoods, and the economy. This is not a delay, a deferment, or a change in the schedule. Second, the postponement and potential cancellation of DrupalCon North America is threatening the financial viability of the event organizer.
Tech conferences that have canceled
Tech conferences around the world began to be affected in mid-February when GSMA wisely canceled Mobile World Congress in Barcelona after a massive exodus of exhibitors. GSMA, which produces MWC, announced on February 12 that it was cancelling. It was scheduled to take place Feb. 24-27 in Barcelona and normally attracts more than 100,000 visitors and is the largest show in the world focusing on mobile devices. The show was canceled after tech giants such as LG, Sony, Nvidia, ZTE, Ericsson, Amazon and Intel pulled out of the show.
Google announced that it was cancelling I/O 2020, slated for May 12-14, due to the growing coronavirus threat. Google said in a statement, “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.”
SXSW canceled due to coronavirus concerns, announcing on March 6 that the City of Austin required it to shut down. It was scheduled to run from March 13-22 in Austin, Texas.
The Game Developers Conference (GDC) had been scheduled for March 16-20 in San Francisco. It’s where publishers and developers preview new gaming tech. It canceled after Microsoft, Sony, Epic Games, EA, Unity, Facebook and Kojima dropped out, as well as all China-based attendees.
SEE: Coronavirus: Business and technology in a pandemic (ZDNet special feature)
The F5 Agility 2020 conference canceled.
Facebook announced that it was cancelling its global developer conference, F8. The conference was scheduled to take place on May 6-8 in San Jose, Calif. It will hold some smaller local events in lieu of the main conference, and it will share videos and live-stream content.
Facebook also canceled a Global Marketing Summit slated for San Francisco on March 9-12.
Google canceled its Google News Initiative Summit. The conference had been scheduled for late April in Sunnyvale, Calif.
Cisco Systems canceled Cisco Live Melbourne, scheduled for March 3-6 in Melbourne, Australia.
CERAWeek by IHS Markit 2020 was scheduled to take place March 9-13 in Houston, Texas, but was canceled on March 1.
NAB Show – National Association of Broadcasters was slated for April 18-22 in Las Vegas but has canceled and might reschedule this fall.
SEE: Coronavirus and its impact on the enterprise (TechRepublic Premium download)
Tech conferences that have changed formats to digital only
Adobe Summit was scheduled to take place from March 31-April 2 in Las Vegas and was turned into a virtual event.
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, WWDC 2020, will now be online only. “We are delivering WWDC 2020 this June in an innovative way to millions of developers around the world, bringing the entire developer community together with a new experience,” Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said in a press release.
Cisco Live, scheduled for May 31- June 4 in Las Vegas, has been converted to an online-only event.
Dell World, set for May 4-7 in Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, has been converted to an online-only event.
Forrester CX Sydney, which was scheduled for April 29-30 in Sydney, will now be an online-only event on April 20.
Forrester CX North America, which was scheduled for June 16-18 in New York, will now be an online-only event on June 16-18.
Forrester SiriusDecisions Summit, which was scheduled for May 3-6 in Sydney, will now be an online-only event on May 4.
The 2020 Global Health Conference &amp; Exhibition is a health IT conference in Orlando, Fla. It was originally scheduled for March 9-13 and it became a digital-only event.
Google has scrapped plans to hold Google Cloud Next in person April 6-8 and has turned it into a digital event.
IBM’s Think has also gone digital. It will be held May 5-7 with “live streamed content, interactive sessions and certifications, and locally hosted events.”
LiveWorx 2020 has gone virtual. It was scheduled to take place June 8-11 in Boston, Mass. and now it will be a digital event.
Microsoft Build will now be a digital only event. The developers conference was scheduled for May 19-21 in Seattle, and now it will be online.
Microsoft canceled its Most Valuable Professional Summit, announcing that it would become an online event. The MVP Summit was set for March 15-20 in Bellevue and Redmond, Wash.
Nvidia GPU Technology Conference is a developer conference in San Jose, Calif. It was originally scheduled for March 22-26 and turned into digital only.
ODSC East 2020 – Open Data Science Conference, set for April 13-17 in Boston, canceled the in-person event and turned it into an online-only event.
Okta’s Oktane canceled the in-person portion of its annual event for IT professionals, product leaders, and developers. It changed to an online-only event on March 30-April 2.
OSCON was set for July 13-16 in Portland, OR and now it will be an online-only event.
Red Hat Summit 2020 was set for April 27-29 in San Francisco and now the in-person portion is canceled and it will be an online-only event.
SAP Ariba Live spend management conference in Las Vegas, Nevada was originally scheduled for March 16-18 and became digital-only.
SAP SAPPHIRE NOW was set for May 12-14 in Orlando and now it will be an online-only event.
Salesforce World Tour Sydney went from an in-person conference to an online-only event on March 4.
Shopify Unite 2020 developers conference was set for May 6-8 in Toronto and now the in-person portion is canceled and it will be an online-only event.
Women Tech Global Conference 2020, scheduled for June 10-12, has been moved to an online-only event.
SEE: IT pro’s guidebook: Remote work (TechRepublic)
Tech conferences that have been postponed
Black Hat Asia, originally scheduled for March 31 to April 3 in Singapore, has been postponed until Sept. 29-Oct. 2.
DrupalCon North America has been canceled and the event organizers are exploring new dates for the North America event, which had been slated for Minneapolis in May, but nothing has been announced. As of now, the Barcelona 2020 event is still slated for Sept. 14-17.
EmTech Asia has been postponed from March 24-26 in Singapore, to August 4-5. The organizers of the international technology summit said they decided to postpone the event due to concerns over the coronavirus.
Enterprise Connect 2020, originally slated for March 30-Aprii 2 in Orlando, FL has been postponed to Aug. 3-6 in San Francisco.
Future Vision: DTG Summit 2020, which was set for May 6 in London, has been postponed until Oct. 5.
Ingram Micro Cloud Cloud Summit 2020, which was set for May 12-14 in Miami Beach, FL, has been postponed until early 2021.
IoT World Developer Conference, scheduled for April 6-9 in San Jose, CA, has been postponed until Aug. 10-13.
Kaspersky’s Security Analyst Summit, originally set for April 6 – 9 in Barcelona has been postponed until Fall 2020.
Oracle Modern Business Experience, originally set for March 23-26 in Chicago has been postponed until Sept. 21-24 to coincide with OpenWorld.
Paris Blockchain Week Summit set for March 31-April 1 in Paris has been postponed until Dec. 9-10.
Percona Live Open Source Database Conference, set for May 18-20 in Austin, TX has been postponed with a new date TBD.
Recode Code Conference 2020, set for May 26-28 in Beverly Hills, CA has been postponed until Sept. 8-10.
SaaS Connect Cloud Software Association, slated for April 15-16 in San Francisco has been postponed until Oct. 5-6.
TNW Conference, slated for June 18-19 in Amsterdam has been postponed until Oct. 1-2.
This article was updated on April 7, 2020 with updated coronavirus information and conference cancellations and postponements.
The latest cancellations: How the coronavirus is disrupting tech conferences worldwide (TechRepublic)
The tech pro’s guide to video conferencing (TechRepublic download)
Coronavirus domain names are the latest hacker trick (TechRepublic)
COVID-19 demonstrates the need for disaster recovery and business continuity plans (TechRepublic Premium)
As coronavirus spreads, here’s what’s been canceled or closed (CBS News)
Coronavirus: Effective strategies and tools for remote work during a pandemic (ZDNet)
How to track the coronavirus: Dashboard delivers real-time view of the deadly virus (ZDNet)
Coronavirus and COVID-19: All your questions answered (CNET)
Coronavirus: More must-read coverage (TechRepublic on Flipboard)