On Twitter, Google made the announcement that it will be cancelling its annual I/O developer conference due to concerns that arise with health and safety to all those who would be involved with it. There will be no online conference to replace it either.
The tweet from the company said, “Out of concern for the health and safety of our developers, employees, and local communities — and in line with recent ‘shelter in place’ orders by the local Bay Area counties — we sadly will not be holding I/O in any capacity this year.”
This conference, as well as the Google Cloud Next conference, are the big stages the company’s uses to inform their developers, customers, partners and other interested parties about upcoming features, products and services they can all look forward to later on that year. So cancelling this conference is a pretty big deal for the company.
Because the company does not have this large stage to announce its new tools, it makes it a lot harder to spread the word around and acquire the power of human networking which comes with these conferences. Concerns that arise for health, when large numbers of people come together in one place, is the reason behind the cancellation of the conference.
Google does not have any intentions of rescheduling these events in person or virtually at all this year, and will be looking into other means to let their community know about changes, updates and services that will come in the next few months and people can look forward to.
“Right now, the most important thing all of us can do is focus our attention on helping people with the new challenges we all face. Please know that we remain committed to finding other ways to share platform updates with you through our developer blogs and community forums,” the company tweeted.