How the Coronavirus Has Impacted the Tech Industry
As the COVID-19 outbreak spreads, tech conferences are being canceled, postponed, or turned into virtual events. Tech companies are also restricting employee travel.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the novel Coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic, and as the infectious disease continues to spread, the affects on public health and the global economy is unmistakable. In a March 11 statement put out through the WHO website, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said "We have never before seen a pandemic sparked by a Coronavirus. This is the first pandemic caused by a Coronavirus."
As of Wednesday, the virus had been detected in 116 countries. Data compiled by Johns Hopkins University on COVID-19 cases show more than 127,000 confirmed cases and more than 4,700 deaths. More than 68,000 people have recovered.
In the US, officials have reported over 1,000 cases in 37 states and Washington D.C. There are 32 reported deaths from the COVID-19 disease. 15 states have declared a state of emergency, including California, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.
On Wednesday night, President Trump announce a ban on non-U.S. citizens who have recently been in many European countries entering the U.S. Last week, Vice President Mike Pence announced that travelers coming into the US on direct flights from Italy and South Korea will be screened for symptoms, travelers from China were already being screened. The US Senate approved a bill to provide $8.3 billion in emergency supplemental funds for Coronavirus response. President Donald Trump signed the bill at the White House on Friday. U.S. lawmakers were working on additional legislation to combat the Coronavirus and serious economic consequences this week.
According to the American Conservative Union (ACU), an attendee at CPAC 2020 has been diagnosed with the novel Coronavirus. Both President Trump and Vice President Pence attended the event, but according to reports neither Trump nor Pence came into direct contact with the infected individual. Several US lawmakers who were at the conference however, did come into contact with the infected attendee. Sen. Ted Cruz, Rep. Paul Gosar, Rep. Doug Collins, Rep. Matt Gaetz, and Rep. Mark Meadows (President Trump's pick to be his new acting chief of staff) have all said they will go into self-quarantine after being told them met the individual. Video of the President arriving in Georgia for his tour of the Centers for Disease Control on March 6, shows Rep. Collins shaking Trump's hand. According to the White House press secretary, the President has not been tested for the novel Coronavirus.
In last week's Monday Morning Opener, Larry Dignan examined how the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak is affecting global supply chains and consumer demand. On Friday he looked at how the disease may accelerate the future of work, including an increase in telecommuting, greater importance on video conferencing and digital collaboration technology, and less travel. As Larry wrote, "One thing is certain: The Coronavirus is likely to mean the definition of business, as usual, will change."
While we won't know the Coronavirus' effects on the overall nature of work for some time, one sector of the tech economy that's already feeling an immediate impact is industry events. Whether as a result of travel bans, laws banning large gatherings, or an abundance of caution, officials are being canceling, postponing, or converting tech events to virtual events..leaving conference organizers, attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors scrambling to make alternative plans. Companies are also instituting travel restrictions for employees. So, I decided to use this Monday Morning Opener to compile a list of the events that have been called off, pushed back, changed format, or are being held as scheduled.
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Tech conferences canceled, postponed, or going virtual
Adobe Summit (Mar. 29-Apr. 2 in Las Vegas) - In-person canceled; online-only event
Apple WWDC (June) - TBD no announcement as yet
Aruba Networks Atmosphere 2020 (Mar. 23-26) - In-person canceled; online-only event
Atlassian Summit 2020 (Mar. 31-Apr. 2 in Las Vegas) - In-person canceled; online-only event
Black Hat Asia 2020 (Mar. 31-Apr. 3 in Singapore) - Postponed until Sep. 29-Oct. 2
CanSecWest (Mar. 18-20 in Vancouver) - Being held as scheduled
Cisco Live (May 31- Jun. 4 in Las Vegas) - Being held as scheduled
Cisco Live Melbourne (Mar. 3-6 in Melbourne) - Canceled
DEF CON China (Apr. 17-19 in) Beijing - Postponed TBD
Dell World (May 4-7 in Las Vegas) - In-person canceled; online-only event
DocuSign Momentum (Mar. 4 in San Francisco) - In-person canceled; online-only event
Domopalooza (Mar. 18-19 in Salt Lake City, UT) - In-person canceled; online-only event
E3 (Jun. 9-11 in Las Angeles) - Canceled
EmTech Asia (Mar. 24-36 in Singapore) - Postponed to Aug. 4-5
Enterprise Connect 2020 (Mar. 30-Apr. 2 in Orlando) - Postponed to Aug 3-6 in San Francisco
ESRI Developer Summit (Mar. 10) - In-person canceled; online-only event
F5 Agility 2020 (Mar. 16-19 in Orlando, FL) - In-person canceled; online-only event
Facebook F8 (May 6-8 in San Jose, CA) - Canceled
Facebook Global Marketing Summit (Mar. 9-12 in San Francisco) - Canceled
Future Vision: DTG Summit 2020 (May 6 in London) - Postponed until Oct. 5
Game Developers Conference (GDC) (Mar. 16-20 in San Francisco) - Postponed to Summer 2020
Gartner CIO Symposium/ITxPo (Oct. 18-22 in Orlando) - Being held as scheduled
Gartner Data & Analytics Summit (Mar. 9-11 in London - Postponed
Gartner Data & Analytics Summit (Mar. 23-26 in Grapevine, TX) - Postponed
Google Cloud Next (Apr. 6-8 in San Francisco) - In-person canceled; online-only event
Google I/O (May 12-14 in Mountain View, CA) - Canceled
Google News Initiative Summit (Late Apr. in Sunnyvale, CA) - Canceled
HPE Discover (Jun. 23-25 in Las Vegas) - Being held as scheduled
Infor Inforum 2020 (Sep. 14-16 in Las Vegas) - Being held as scheduled
Ingram Micro Cloud Cloud Summit 2020 (May 12-14 in Miami Beach, FL) - Postponed until early 2021
IoT World Developer Conference (Apr. 6-9, 2020 in San Jose, CA) - Postponed until Aug. 10-13
Kaspersky's Security Analyst Summit (April 6 - 9 in Barcelona) - Postponed until Fall 2020
Microsoft Build (May 19-21 in Seattle) - Being held as scheduled
Microsoft Ignite (Sep. 21-25 in New Orleans) - Being held as scheduled
Microsoft WSLConf (March 10-11 in Redmond, WA) - In-person canceled; online-only event
Microsoft MVP Global Summit (Mar. 15-20 in Bellevue & Redmond, WA) - In-person canceled; online-only event
Mobile World Congress MWC Barcelona (GSMA) (Feb. 24-27 in Barcelona) - Canceled
MSPWorld (Mar. 15-17 in New Orleans) - Rescheduled for June 2020
Mobile World Congress MWC Americas (GSMA) (Oct. 28-30 in Los Angeles) - Being held as scheduled
NAB Show - National Association of Broadcasters (Apr. 18-22 in Las Vegas) - Canceled; possible rescheduled for Fall
Nvidia GTC - GPU Technology Conference (Mar. 22-26 in San Jose, CA) - In-person canceled; online-only event
O'Reilly Strata Data & AI Conference (Mar. 15-18, San Jose, CA) - Postponed; Merged with Strata Data & AI (Sep. 14–17)
ODSC East 2020 - Open Data Science Conference (Apr. 13-17 in Boston) - Being held as scheduled, offering virtual option.
OFC 2020 (Mar. 8-12 in San Diego, CA) - Being held as scheduled
Oktane Live - (Mar. 30-Apr. 2) Online-only event
Oracle Code One (Sep. 21-24 in Las Vegas) - Being held as scheduled
Oracle Modern Business Experience (Mar. 23-26 in Chicago) - Postponed until Sep. 21-24 to coincide with OpenWorld
Oracle OpenWorld (Sep. 21-24 in Las Vegas) - Being held as scheduled
Paris Blockchain Week Summit (Mar. 31-Apr. 1 in Paris) - Postponed until Dec. 9-10
Percona Live Open Source Database Conference (May 18-20 in Austin, TX) - Being held as scheduled
Qualtrics X4 Summit (Mar. 10-13 in Salt Lake City, UT) - Postponed to early Fall 2020
Recode Code Conference 2020 (May 26-28 in Beverly Hills, CA) - Being held as scheduled
Red Hat Summit 2020 (Apr. 27-29 in San Francisco) - In-person canceled; online-only event
RSA Conference (Feb. 24-28 in San Francisco) - Held as planned (IBM, AT&T, Verizon, and other vendors withdrew)
SaaS Connect - Cloud Software Association (Apr. 15-16 in San Francisco) - Postponed until Oct. 5-6
SaaStr Annual 2020 - (Mar. 10-12 in San Jose, CA) - Canceled; rescheduled Sep. 2020, SF Bay Area
Salesforce World Tour Sydney (Mar. 4 in Sydney) - In-person canceled; online-only event
SAP Ariba LIVE (Mar. 16-18 in Las Vegas) - Canceled
SAP Concur Fusion (Mar. 9-12 in Orlando) - In-person canceled; online-only event
SAP NOW (Mar.) - Canceled
SAP SAPPHIRE NOW (May 12-14 in Orlando) - Being held as scheduled
SAS Global Forum (Mar. 29-Apr. 1 in Washington, DC) - In-person canceled; online-only event
Shopify Unite 2020 developers conference (May 6-8 in Toronto) - In-person canceled; online-only event
SXSW (Mar. 12-22 in Austin, Texas) - Canceled
TNW Conference (Jun, 18-19 in Amsterdam) - Postponed until Oct. 1-2
VMworld (Aug. 31-Sep. 3 in San Francisco) - Being held as scheduled