The effects of the coronavirus outbreak are still being felt in the tech world, where another high-tech tech event has just been removed from the calendar.
In the same week, Google canceled its annual developer conference scheduled for May, now South by Southwest (SXSW) has been scrapped. The technology and culture event was canceled after the mayor of Austin, Texas, today (March 6) declared a local disaster to address the effects of the virus.
SXSW organizers were convinced that the show would continue, even when participants such as Facebook, TikTok and Twitter withdrew last week. But the assignment from the mayor of Austin effectively prevents SXSW from taking place.
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Here is an overview of which technical events have been canceled so far due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak and how organizers have restructured those events. We have also taken a look at the major technical events scheduled for the coming months, which will now be under pressure to announce their plans after coronavirus cases continue to pop up, both in the US and abroad.
Technical events canceled due to coronavirus (so far)
Mobile World Congress: The annual mobile industry summit in Barcelona is said to have started on February 26, but the organizers pulled the plug in mid-February after many exhibitors had withdrawn. Qualcomm and Sony have both streamed their MWC announcements online, while LG has announced the LG V60 ThinQ through press releases instead of during an MWC press event.
Game Developers Conference: Originally scheduled for the week of March 16, GDC organizers postponed the show a week ago. They say they will try to make a new schedule for the summer.
SXSW: The cultural and technical confab would start on March 13. This is the first time in 34 years that the conference will not take place in March. Organizers say they are "working on the branches" of the city of Austin that blocks SXSW.
Facebook F8: Facebook's developers' conference usually takes place at the end of April, but Facebook has already announced that the event will be canceled. Instead, Facebook says it plans to replace the personal F8 event with locally hosted events, video & # 39; s and live streamed content & # 39 ;.
Google I / O: Google's annual developer conference no longer takes place at the Shoreline Amphitheater in May. This is the event where Google usually shows the latest features coming to the next version of Android, and at least the show of the year we have our first look at the Pixel 3a and Nest Home Max.
Google is still looking for ways to proceed without a personal event, with plans announced on the developer's conference website.
Upcoming technical events: what is happening (for the time being)
Microsoft Build: Microsoft's annual developer conference is scheduled for May 19, a week after Google I / O would have been launched. Nothing is known about any change in the status of Microsoft Build, but you would think that Google's decision to cancel I / O could convince Microsoft to follow this example with its developer event. Microsoft has already canceled its 15 most valuable professional top on coronavirus problems on March 15.
Apple WWDC: No date has been set for Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, although Apple usually organizes that event in the first week of June. Recent WWDC & # 39; s have taken place in San Jose, California, with this year's event likely new versions of macOS, watchOS and iOS 14 in addition to other updates. Apple has restricted the travel of employees to countries most affected by the corona virus and the outbreak has forced the closure of Apple stores in China, so the company is clearly aware of the situation.
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E3: E3 should start on 9 June. Although the postponement of GDC causes gamemakers to ask questions about whether this larger trading event should go ahead for the gaming industry, organizers say for the time being that the status of the event will not change, because E3 is moving forward.
Computex: One of the larger laptop and PC shows of the year starts on 2 June in Taiwan. The stock market will continue for the time being. The 2003 edition of Computex was postponed to September due to the SARS outbreak that year, so there is a precedent that that event will be rescheduled due to health issues.
What about the rumored Apple event in March?
Of course, this list does not include product launch events that have not been announced and that may never be planned because companies weigh the value of collecting lost people in one area in the midst of a health crisis.
For example, it is said that Apple is working on an iPhone SE successor with the iPhone 9 that is expected to debut at an event at the end of this month. However, with the coronavirus outbreak that is already threatening to delay the production of that phone, that event can be reduced – if it is even announced.