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List of IT & tech events cancelled/postponed/ or going virtual due to coronavirus

List of IT & tech events cancelled/postponed/ or going virtual due to coronavirus

One after another, the world’s leading IT and tech events are either getting cancelled, postponed, or being switched to virtual events because of the rapid spread of the coronavirus. Let’s take a look at the top events and conferences around the globe that have been impacted by COVID-19.

The spread of deadly COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, is having a huge impact on every industry. Not only the leading IT events and conferences are getting cancelled or postponed, but also the big festivals, international concerts, and sports leagues have faced this difficult question— Can a public gathering be hosted at the risk of spreading the coronavirus?

And the answer, for every event, has been a big NO.

What is coronavirus and how did the outbreak begin?

Coronavirus is a family of viruses that causes diseases in animals. Some of the coronaviruses are capable of transmitting from animals to humans.

The coronavirus outbreak started from a wet market in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Both dead and live animals, fishes, and birds were being sold at the wet market. Such places are very likely to spread viruses from animals to humans because the hygiene standards aren’t high where both the live and dead animals are butchered.

Although the actual animal source that caused the coronavirus hasn’t been confirmed yet, but it is believed that the bats are the original hosts of COVID-19.

Countries with the highest number of coronavirus cases

Currently, there have been over 220K coronavirus cases around the world, with around 9K cases resulting in deaths. The top 10 countries with the highest number of coronavirus cases include China, Italy, Iran, Spain, Germany, USA, France, South Korea, Switzerland, and UK.

Countries with the highest number of coronavirus

Impact of coronavirus on global economy

According to Oxford Economics, the coronavirus outbreak will cost the global economy over $1 trillion, which is around 1.3% of the total global economy in 2020.

Last month, Apple reported that the company wouldn’t be able to meet the quarterly revenue target because of shortage in iPhone supply in the Chinese market. This shortage is the result of COVID-19.

“Work is starting to resume around the country, but we are experiencing a slower return to normal conditions than we had anticipated. As a result, we do not expect to meet the revenue guidance we provided for the March quarter,” Apple mentioned.

Along with Apple, most of the tech giants and businesses in other industries will fail to meet their quarterly revenue target.

Complete list of IT and tech events cancelled or postponed due to coronavirus

Since the time World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared the coronavirus a pandemic, the businesses, events, concerts, and conferences were forced to change their plans.

As an official media partner of several IT and tech industry events and conferences in 2020, including MWC Barcelona, Blockchain Expo Global, Convergence India 2020, Cloud Expo Asia, Smart Nation Expo, and many more, we have heard from many events that the event has either got cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19.

While the COVID-19 outbreak is widespread, the events are ensuring a safe experience for the attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors. In March and April only, our team had four trips to cover the partner events. Now, we have none. For the remaining months this year, we have more than ten conferences to attend, and we just hope that things get better and everything comes down to normal.

Nonetheless, most of the events in March, April, and May have got postponed only to June or the coming months. But we are keeping a track on the websites of all the major events to keep our readers and audience informed.

Below is a complete list of all the IT and tech events and conferences that have got cancelled, postponed or switched to virtual-only.

1. Adobe Summit

Status: Switched to virtual

Date: March 31

2. Agility 2020

Status: Cancelled

3. Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC)

Status: Switched to virtual

Date: June (final dates yet to be announced)

4. Atlassian Summit

Status: Switched to virtual

Date: April 1-2

5. Atmosphere’20

Status: Switched to virtual

Date: March 22-27

6. Big Data & AI Toronto

Status: Postponed

New Date: September 28-29

Venue: Toronto

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7. Black Hat Asia

Status: Postponed

New Date: September 29 – October 2

Venue: Singapore

8. Call and Contact Centre EXPO 2020

Status: Postponed

New Date: Yet to be announced

Venue: Yet to be announced

9. CanSecWest 2020

Status: Switched to virtual

Date: March 18-20

10. Cisco Live

Status: Switched to virtual

Date: June 2-3

11. Cloud Expo Asia, Hong Kong

Status: Postponed

New Date: September 23-24

Venue: Hong Kong

12. CloudTalk Global – 2020

Status: Postponed

New Date: June 11

Venue: Istanbul

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13. Cloud Summit 2020

Status: Postponed

New Date: Early 2021

Venue: To be announced

14. Code Conference 2020

Status: Postponed

New Date: September 8-10

Venue: US

15. Collision

Status: Switched to virtual

Date: June 22-25

16. Convergence India 2020

Status: Postponed

New Date: July 7-9

Venue: Yet to be announced

17. Data Innovation Summit

Status: Postponed

New Date August 20-21

Venue: Sweden

18. DEF CON China 2.0

Status: Postponed

Date: Yet to be announced

Venue: Beijing

19. Dell Technologies World 2020

Status: Switched to virtual

Date: Yet to be announced

20. DocuSign Momentum 2020

Status: Switched to virtual

Date: March 4

21. Data Quality & Management in Financial Institutions

Status: Postponed

New Date: Yet to be announced

Venue: Yet to be announced

22. DTG Summit

Status: Postponed

New Date: October 5

Venue: London

23. E3 Expo

Status: Cancelled

24. EmTech Asia

Status: Postponed

New Date: August 4-5

Venue: Singapore

25. Esri Developer Summit

Status: Switched to virtual

Date: March 10

26. Enterprise Connect Orlando 2020

Status: Postponed

New Date: August 3-6

Venue: San Francisco

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27. Facebook Developer Conference (F8)

Status: Cancelled

28. Game Developers Conference (GDC)

Status: Postponed

New Date: August 4-6

Venue: San Francisco

29. Gartner Data & Analytics Summit

Status: Postponed

New Date: September 9-11

Venue: London

30. Gartner Data & Analytics Summit

Status: Postponed

New Date: September 21-24

Venue: Grapevine, TX

31. Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo

Status: Postponed

New Date: October 18-22

Venue: Orlando, FL

32. Google Cloud Next ‘20

Status: Postponed

New Date: Yet to be announced

Venue: US

33. Google I/O

Status: Cancelled

Date: May 12, 13, 14

Venue: California

34. Internet of Things (IoT) World

Status: Postponed

New Date: August 10-13

Venue: USA

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35. Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit (SAS 2020)

Status: Postponed

New Date: Yet to be announced

Venue: Yet to be announced

36. Microsoft Build

Status: Switched to virtual

Date: May 19-21

37. Microsoft Ignite

Status: Postponed

New Date: September 21-25

Venue: New Orleans, LA

38. MSPWorld 2020

Status: Postponed

New Date: September 30- October 2

Venue: New Orleans, LA

39. MVP Global Summit

Status: Switched to virtual

Date: March 16-19

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40. MWC Barcelona

Status: Cancelled

Date: February 24-27

Venue: Barcelona, Spain

41. NAB Show – National Association of Broadcasters

Status: Postponed

New Date: Yet to be announced

Venue: Yet to be announced

42. NVIDIA GTC 2020

Status: Switched to virtual

Date: Yet to be announced

43. ODSC East 2020

Status: Switched to virtual

Date: April 14-17

44. Oracle Code One

Status: Postponed

New Date: September 21-24

Venue: Las Vegas

45. Oracle Modern Business Experience

Status: Postponed

New Date: September 21-24

Venue: Las Vegas

46. Oracle Open World 2020

Status: Postponed

New Date: September 21-24

Venue: Las Vegas

47. Percona Live

Status: Postponed

New Date: Yet to be announced

Venue: Yet to be announced

48. Paris Blockchain Week Summit

Status: Postponed

New Date: December 9-10

Venue: Paris, France

49. Red Hat Summit

Status: Switched to virtual

Date: April 28-29

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50. Rising 2020

Status: Postponed

New Date: June 19

Venue: Bangalore, India

51. Shopify Unite 2020

Status: Cancelled

52. SaaStr Annual 2020

Status: Postponed

New Date: September (exact dates yet to be announced)

Venue: San Francisco

53. SAP Concur Fusion

Status: Switched to virtual

Date: April 10

54. SAP Ariba LIVE

Status: Switched to virtual

Date: March 18

55. SAP SAPPHIRE Now

Status: Postponed

New Date: Yet to be announced

Venue: Yet to be announced

56. SAS Global Forum

Status: Switched to virtual

Date: Yet to be announced

57. Semicon Korea

Status: Postponed

New Date: February 3 – 5

Venue: COEX, Seoul

58. Smart Nation Expo 2020

Status: Postponed

New Date: September 8-10

Venue: Kuala Lumpur

Smart Nation 2020 Expo postponed due to coronavirus

59. Strata Data & AI

Status: Switched to virtual

Date: March 17-18

60. SXSW Conference

 Status: Cancelled

61. TNW Conference

Status: Postponed

New Date: October 1-2

Venue: Amsterdam

62. The Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition (OFC 2020)

Status: Switched to virtual

Date: March 8-12

63. WiCyS (Women in Cybersecurity)

Status: Cancelled

64. WSLConf

Status: Switched to virtual

Date: March 10-11

65. X4: The Experience Management Summit

Status: Postponed

New Date: Yet to be announced

Venue: London and Sydney

Wrapping up:

These are a few of the top IT events and conferences in 2020 that have been either cancelled, postponed, or are going virtual/digital due to coronavirus. Let’s just hope for the best and take precautions to avoid the COVID-19 disease till things come down to normal.

We missed an event? Let us know in the comments section and help us make the list more comprehensive for everyone’s benefit.. 
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