Google Cloud Cancels Its Biggest Conference of the Year Over Coronavirus Fears

Due to coronavirus concerns, Google Cloud has canceled its biggest annual conference. Google Cloud Next was supposed to take place in San Francisco from April 6 to 8. Last year, the conference had over 30,000 attendees. This year, Google Cloud will instead make its conference digital through “streamed keynotes, breakout sessions, interactive learning and digital ‘ask an expert’ sessions with Google teams.”

“The health and well-being of Google Cloud partners, customers, employees and the overall community is our top priority. Due to the growing concern around the coronavirus (COVID-19), and in alignment with the best practices laid out by the CDC, WHO, and other relevant entities, Google Cloud has decided to reimagine Google Cloud Next ’20, which will still take place from April 6-8,” a Google Cloud spokesperson said in a statement.

Registered participants will be automatically registered for the digital conference at no extra charge. The cancellation highlights how the coronavirus (COVID-19) has been disrupting major tech companies. The outbreak has infected more than 88,000 people and killed more than 2,900.

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