Google has announced it will cancel an offline event at the Cloud Next conference, a cloud-based event, amid concerns about the current COVID-19 outbreak,media outlet TechCrunch reported. The conference was supposed to be the largest ever, with about 30,000 attendees.
Given the cancellation of all recent meetings, the announcement came as no surprise, especially after Facebook canceled the F8 developer conference a few days ago.
Cloud Next was scheduled to take place April 6-8. Google will now host an online event under the name “Google Cloud Next’20: Digital Connect”, rather than offline. As a result, there will still be keynotes and breakouts, as well as the ability to connect with experts.
“Innovation is Google’s gene, and we are using this advantage to bring you an immersive and inspiring event without the risk of travel,” the company said in a statement. “
The virtual event will be free and will be emailed to attendees, and Google says it will automatically refund all tickets to this year’s conference. It will also automatically cancel all hotel bookings made through its Conference Reservations system.
It remains to be seen whether Google’s other major conference, the I/O Developer Conference, will be held in Mountain View from May 12 to 14. The same is true of Microsoft, whose Build conference will be held in Seattle on May 19. This is an important annual conference event for both companies, but given the current situation, it would not be surprising if they were cancelled.