Google Cancels Its Biggest Annual Event Over COVID-19

Google is canceling its biggest event of the year because of concerns about the coronavirus.

The 2020 edition of Google I/O, an annual developer conference originally scheduled for May 12 to 14 at Google’s Mountainview headquarters, will no longer take place. The company is currently weighing other options to engage with its developer audience.

People who have already purchased tickets for the conference will receive a full refund by March 13 and will not have to re-register to buy a ticket for I/O 2021, Google said.

The annual developer event is the latest in a rapidly growing list of tech events that have been shelved because of COVID-19, which has killed more than 3,100 people around the world, including nine in the United States.

Facebook canceled two conferences last month, including its big annual event, F8, weeks after the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona was also canceled.

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