A Google spokesman confirmed Tuesday that the company will cancel its annual I/O developer meeting because of the outbreak. In an email to attendees, Google said it would refund people who bought tickets. “Out of concern for coronavirusands and in accordance with the health guidance of the CDC, WHO and others, we have decided to cancel the I/O Developer Conference at the Coastline Amphitheatre,” a Google spokesman said in a statement.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll explore other ways to conduct conference events and continue to build our developer community. We will continue to update on the I/O website. “
Last year, Google’s I/O developer conference attracted more than 7,000 attendees.
Google announced Monday that the Cloud Next 2020 conference in San Francisco, scheduled for April 6-8, was online “out of concern for health and safety reasons.” It comes after the company canceled an internal sales meeting scheduled for April in Las Vegas and a global news initiative summit scheduled for May in Sinneville, California.
Google has also restricted travel for its employees after a member of the company’s Zurich office tested positive for the virus.
Shares in Alphabet, Google’s parent company, fell more than 3 percent after news of the cancellation.