CORONAVIRUS: Google cancels biggest annual event

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The giant tech company has added its largest event of the year to the increasingly growing list of events that have been shelved over coronavirus fears.

The Google I/O, which was due to take place at Google’s Mountainview headquarters from 12-14 May, is an annual developer conference.

In a statement, the tech company said: “Due to concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19), and in accordance with health guidance from the CDC, WHO, and other health authorities, we have decided to cancel the physical Google I/O event at Shoreline Amphitheatre.

“Over the coming weeks, we will explore other ways to evolve Google I/O to best connect with our developer community.”

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The event includes thousands of demonstrations, providing developers with the opportunity to experience Google’s latest technology and features. Last year, it attracted over 7,000 delegates.

Delegates should expect a refund by 13 March.

The coronavirus has cancelled dozens of events worldwide including World Mobile Congress, IBTM Asia Pacific and large-scale Swiss events.

Event Industry News has contacted Google I/O for a comment.

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