TechCrunch has the info on what conferences are canceled, and who is bailing from stuff not yet canceled. (And can I say it is about freaking time that someone recognizes that there is real danger in this thing, because I’ve been underwhelmed by the response of governments the world over.)
The GDC Gaming convention (San Francisco) is apparently still going on, even though COVID-19 is apparently loose on the ground in California. Amazon is the latest to ditch GDC this year.
Facebook, Sony, Microsoft, Unity and Epic Games have all pulled out of the conference over concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak. Now, Amazon joins them.
What I don’t understand is why anyone would attend.
F*c*book has canceled its developer conference. Daily Crunch: Facebook cancels F8 over coronavirus concerns.
Facebook has confirmed that it has canceled its annual F8 developers conference over growing concerns about the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. More specifically, the company says it’s canceling the “in-person component” — there may still be video presentations, along with live-streamed and local events, under the F8 umbrella.
And the Auto Industry is also awake to the dangers. Geneva Motor Show canceled over coronavirus fears.
The Geneva Motor Show is the latest trade show to cancel over fears of the coronavirus. The Swiss auto show is one of the largest car shows in the world and is usually the venue where high-end and exotic auto makers roll out new models and wild concepts.
I do take exception to that “fears of coronavirus.” It isn’t cowardly to recognize the reality of a situation. It is rational.
Auto shows predate the Internet, and fall into the general category of, “We’ve always done it that way.” And if tech giants can’t figure out how to interact with their customers/partners/whatever without a face-to-face chat, then something is wrong with our 21st Century model of how stuff works.
Europe is really experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak, or what certainly looks like the start of a problem. California has been shown to have the virus loose on the ground, so it would only take one individual to send the virus to a lot of places. OK, so you won’t get to drink in the “hospitality suites.” Use the money you saved to buy a nice bottle of expensive Scotch, or whatever your poison of choice is. This will be probably be cleared up next year anyway. If we don’t continue to go out of our way to make things worse.
I’m sure there is more that is being or that has been canceled. But these three are all currently on the first page of TechCrunch homepage.