Conference cancellations due to Coronavirus in 2020

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Conference cancellations in 2020 from Coronavirus

Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has been sweeping the globe since late 2019. The World Health Organization (WHO), US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), US Department of State, and more have issued emergency advisories about the Coronavirus epidemic.

The risk of transmitting airborne viruses is greatly increased in large crowds of people.

Online events like Cloud Data Summit mean that you aren’t exposed to these types of infections. And there are many other benefits like a greatly reduced attendance cost and getting more of your time back.

Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2020

Attendance: 109,000
Exhibitors: 2,800
Duration: 3 days
Started: 1987
GSMA Mobile World Congress

Barcelona, Spain

The world’s biggest phone show, Mobile World Congress, is no longer taking place this year. MWC is usually held annually in Barcelona, and it has a big economic impact of 492 million euros, and also generates 14,100 part-time jobs.

The GSMA MWC series (formally known as Mobile World Congress) is the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry, and incorporates a thought-leadership conference featuring prominent executives representing global mobile operators, device manufacturers, technology providers, vendors, and content owners.

In February 2020, a large number of vendors announced plans to withdraw from the then-upcoming show, tentatively scheduled for 24–27 February, due to concerns over the Chinese novel coronavirus outbreak (which are magnified by the strong Chinese presence in the telecom industry). This included major vendors and operators such as Deutsche TelekomEricssonIntelLGNokiaSTMicroelectronicsVivo, and Vodafone. On 11 February 2020, it was reported that GSMA was considering cancelling the event entirely; health measures were already to be instituted, including a requirement for Chinese attendees to undergo a two-week quarantine prior to the event, as well as body temperature checks of attendees. Chinese vendor Huawei, as well as Samsung, announced plans to remain with a reduced presence, with Huawei primarily sending its European executives only.[3][4][5] On 12 February 2020, GSMA CEO John Hoffman announced that MWC 2020 had been cancelled, stating that the event had become “impossible” to host under these conditions.

12 February 2020, Barcelona: Since the first edition of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in 2006, the GSMA has convened the industry, governments, ministers, policymakers, operators and industry leaders across the broader ecosystem.

With due regard to the safe and healthy environment in Barcelona and the host country today, the GSMA has cancelled MWC Barcelona 2020 because the global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak, travel concern and other circumstances, make it impossible for the GSMA to hold the event.

The Host City Parties respect and understand this decision.

The GSMA and the Host City Parties will continue to be working in unison and supporting each other for MWC Barcelona 2021 and future editions.

Our sympathies at this time are with those affected in China, and all around the world.

Official statement on

Facebook Global Marketing Summit

Attendance: 5,000
Duration: 4 days

San Francisco, California

Facebook has canceled its upcoming global marketing conference out of caution for the coronavirus outbreak, according to Reuters. The conference was set to take place in March at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, and 4,000 people were expected to attend.

The Global Marketing Summit by Facebook is an event conducted every year by the Facebook Marketing Partnership Team. In this flagship event of theirs, they share their key product roadmaps, the latest trends, and opportunities for growth.

The theme of the Global Partner Summit by Facebook always revolves around on how to build powerful products than those that already exist and offer more frictionless solutions for advertisers and marketers alike. Facebook always brings and hosts all the leading advertising and creative technology companies, media agencies, and consulting firms from around the world to discuss how they could create exponential value for advertisers and consumers alike by connecting, collaborating, and creating together during this event.

Our priority is the health and safety of our teams, so out of an abundance of caution, we cancelled our Global Marketing Summit due to evolving public health risks related to coronavirus

The Verge

Eyeo Festival 2020

Attendance: 600
Duration: 3 days
Started: 2011


A Gathering for the Creative Technology Community

The Eyeo Festival brings together a rich intersection of people doing fascinating things with technology. Artists, data designers, creative coders, AI & XR explorers, storytellers, researchers, technology & platform developers all cross paths and share inspiration at Eyeo. Join us for 4 days of enthralling talks, unique workshops, the code+ summit, and thought-provoking interactions lead by passionate thinkers and makers. It’ll be better with you there. Converge to Inspire.

Blackhat Asia 2020

Attendance: 1,300
Duration: 4 days
Started: 1997


Black Hat is the most technical and relevant information security event series in the world. For more than 20 years, Black Hat Briefings have provided attendees with the very latest in information security research, development, and trends in a strictly vendor-neutral environment. These high-profile global events and Trainings are driven by the needs of the security community, striving to bring together the best minds in the industry. Black Hat inspires professionals at all career levels, encouraging growth and collaboration among academia, world-class researchers, and leaders in the public and private sectors.

From its inception in 1997, Black Hat has grown from a single annual conference in Las Vegas to the most respected information security event series internationally. Today, Black Hat Briefings and Trainings are held annually in the United States, Europe and Asia, providing a premier venue for elite security researchers and trainers to find their audience.

After careful consideration of the health and safety of our attendees and partners, we have made the difficult decision to postpone Black Hat Asia 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak. We understand the inconvenience this may cause and will follow up directly with all of those who are scheduled to attend and exhibit to determine appropriate next steps.

Please know we are planning to host Black Hat Asia 2020 in the fall this year. We hope you are able to join us and will provide an update with the new event dates as soon as possible.

Our sympathies are with those affected during this difficult time.

Blackhat official statement

WordCamp Asia 2020

Attendance: 1,300
Duration: 3 days
Started: 2006

Bangkok, Thailand

Due to concerns over COVID-19, WordCamp Asia was cancelled today. As Matt Mullenweg shared in the announcement,

The excitement and anticipation around this event have been huge, but there are too many unknowns around the health issues unfolding right now in the region to explicitly encourage a large public gathering bringing together over 1,300 people from around the world.

…I greatly appreciate the work everyone — from organizers to attendees, speakers to sponsors — put into making this a big success. So many people have come together to create an event to inspire and connect WordPressers, and I am confident that this passion will carry through into the event next year. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the virus so far, and we sincerely hope that everything is resolved quickly so that this precaution looks unnecessary in hindsight.

More details from the WordCamp Asia organizing team are available, including how to request a ticket refund. Many thanks to the organizers, sponsors, speakers, and volunteers for all their hard work to date — hopes are high that we will all be together at WordCamp Asia in 2021!

Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC)

Attendance: 2,000
Duration: 10 days
Started: 1949

CPPC is a political legislative advisory body in the People’s Republic of China. The organisation consists of delegates from a range of political parties and organizations, as well as independent members. The proportion of representation of the various parties is determined by established convention, negotiated between the parties.

Multiple Chinese state-run media reported today (Feb. 17) that the Standing Committee of the NPC will next Monday (Feb. 24) discuss a resolution to postpone this year’s legislative meeting, scheduled for March 5. The reports signal a decision to postpone has effectively been made, which would mark the first delay of the gathering since it adopted the early March schedule in 1995. News agency Xinhua (link in Chinese) cited a spokesperson from the committee as saying the main consideration for the delay was due to the fact than many of the delegates are currently on the frontlines of battling the virus.

Read the full story on Quartz

Attendance numbers sourced from XinhuaNet

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