Given the coronavirus outbreak, IT companies are either cancelling tech events, or postponing them or doing online-only versions. Here's what the tech event calendar looks like in 2020 amidst a globally declared pandemic.
The novel coronavirus outbreak that started in China’s Hubei district is now a worldwide pandemic as declared by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and as the virus continues to spread across countries, restrictions are being put on public gatherings with governments urging citizens to maintain social distance and self-quarantine. This has also led to a big disruption in the global tech event calendar. Tech events are either getting postponed, shifted to online-only live streams or getting downright cancelled.
As of Thursday, 19th March, there are 214,915 confirmed cases across the world with over 8,733 dead. The situation in India, though kept under control has also started to rise exponentially. The total cases in India now stand at 166 as of writing this article, and the number is increasing every day. To help contain the contagion, governments across the world have already stopped accepting tourists and foreigners. The Indian government has also cancelled all visas of incoming foreigners. Schools, colleges, multiplexes, malls and historical sites have been closed. You can stay updated on covidout.in, a tracker built specifically to track the virus' spread in India.
Tech brands have taken a big hit as well. Since this is a category that evolves through conferences and summits, a lot of tech companies have postponed their launches. Some have also cancelled them altogether, while some are doing online-only events. We will keep updating this article to keep you informed about developments around tech events. Whether they will be streamed online, or postponed or cancelled altogether.
Feb 24 - Feb 27: Mobile World Congress (Cancelled)
March 5: Realme 6 series launch (online-only live stream)
March 12: Redmi Note 9 series launch (online-only live stream)
March 13 - March 22: SXSW (Cancelled)
March 16: Moto Razr launch (Online-only live stream)
March 16- March 20: Game Developers Conference (Postponed; Brands are holding individual online-only streams)
March 24: Redmi K30 Pro, K30 Pro Zoom China launch (online-only live stream)
March 26: Realme Narzo 10, 10A launch (Pre-recorded live stream) (UPDATE: Suspended indefinitely)
March 26: Huawei P40 series launch (Online-only, live stream)
March 31: Adobe Summit (Virtual, online-only)
March 31: Xiaomi Mi 10 5G launch (online-only live stream) (UPDATE: Postponed)
April 6 - April 8: Google Cloud Next (Postponed)
May 6 - May 8: Facebook F8 Conference (Cancelled)
May 12 - May 14: Google I/O (Cancelled)
May 19 - May 21: Microsoft Build (Virtual)
June 2 - June 6: Computex (Happening as planned) (UPDATE: Postponed to September)
June 9 - June 11: E3 Conference (Cancelled)
June 11 - June 15: Dreamhack Summer (Ticket sales suspended)
June 2020: Apple WWDC (Online-only)
June 30 - July 2: Mobile World Congress Shanghai (Happening as scheduled)
August 3 - August 7: Game Developers Conference (New Date)
September 28 - September 30 : COMPUTEX 2020 (New Date)
...We will be updating this article with more information as soon as more news develops.