Google has announced it is cancelling its biggest conference of the year over concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.
Google made the announcement in a blog post, in which it highlighted its commitment to following guidance from the CDC and WHO. As a result, the company is planning on reimagining the event as a digital conference.
“We are transforming the event into Google Cloud Next ’20: Digital Connect, a free, global, digital-first, multi-day event connecting our attendees to Next ’20 content and each other through streamed keynotes, breakout sessions, interactive learning and digital ‘ask an expert’ sessions with Google teams.
“Innovation is in Google’s DNA and we are leveraging this strength to bring you an immersive and inspiring event this year without the risk of travel.”
The company plans on holding the conference over the same dates, April 6-8. In the meantime, Google will continue to provide updates as the plans develop.