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Coronavirus: 15 events cancelled by Google, Facebook, Xiaomi, Realme and others

Coronavirus: 15 events cancelled by Google, Facebook, Xiaomi, Realme and others

Major Tech Companies had lined up their events besides the major MWC 2020, for upcoming launches, however all of them have landed in soup due to recent havoc created by Corona Virus

Tech companies like Google, Microsoft, Facebook and others have cancelled their annual conferences and events due to the coronavirus disease outbreak. While most of the cancelled events were scheduled to take place in the US and Europe, tech events in India have also started to get cancelled.

Cyber-security professionals who couldn’t attend some of their favorite conferences before — primarily due to time, travel, or health reasons — may find that some events are now being streamed and they may be able to watch sessions from the comfort or their home or workspace.

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The outbreak has claimed over 3,000 lives globally while over 89,000 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19. The SARS-CoV-2 virus was first reported in December 2019 in Hubei, central China and has spread to over 60 countries. Here is the list of tech events that got cancelled due to the spread of coronavirus disease.

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Some conferences have canceled, some have postponed the event, while others have gone virtual.

The list below encompasses a list of upcoming events and their respective status. Conferences not listed are scheduled to go on as planned. The list includes only cancellations, postponed conferences, or those who announced plans to stream their content.

FIRST CTI – March 9 to March 11, Zurich – Current status: Canceled.
Wild West Hacking Fest – March 10 to March 13, San Diego – Current status: Virtual.
Red Team Summit – March 11 to March 12, Menlo Park – Current status: Postponed to June 11-12.
Women in Cybersecurity – March 12 to March 14, Aurora (Colorado) – Current status: Canceled.
ICS West (trade show) – March 17 to March 20, Las Vegas – Current status: Postponed to July, new date to be announced.
Cyber Security & Cloud Expo (trade show) – March 17 to March 18, London – Current status: Postponed, new date to be announced.
Pwn2Own CanSecWest (hacking contest) – March 18 to March 20, Vancouver – Current status: Optional remote-participation. Hackers participating in the Pwn2Own hacker contest can attend, but they can also ask content organizers to execute exploits on their behalf.
InfoSecurity Belgium – March 18 to March 19, Brussels – Current status: Postponed to May 27 – 28.
InsomniHack – March 19 to March 20, Geneva – Current status: Postponed to June 4 – June 5.
Fast Software Encryption – March 22 to March 26, Athens- Current status: Postponed. New date to be announced later.
BSides Budapest – March 26, Budapest – Current status: Postponed to May 28.
Black Hat Asia – March 31 to April 3, Singapore – Current status: Postponed for September 29 – October 2.
BSidesCharm – April 4 to April 5, Baltimore – Current status: Proceeding on adjusted rules. Remote speakers will be given the option to use video conferencing and avoid traveling to the conference.
BountyCon – April 4 to April 5, Singapore – Current status: Postponed to August 31.
FIRST TC – April 6 to April 8, Amsterdam – Current status: Postponed to next year.
GISEC – April 6 to April 8, Dubai – Current status: Postponed to September 1 – 3.
Kaspersky’s Security Analyst Summit – April 6 to April 9, Barcelona – Current status: Postponed for September. Exact date to be announced later.
DEF CON China – April 17 to April 19, Beijing – Current status: Postponed, new date to be announced.
Mediterranehack – April 18, Salerno – Current status: Postponed, to September 5.
Internet Freedom Festival – April 20 to April 24, Valencia – Current status: Canceled.
Area41 – June 11 to June 12, Zurich – Current status: Postponed to June 2021, next year.
BSides Liverpool – June 29, Liverpool – Current status: Postponed to later this year.

Conferences scheduled past May have not announced any changes to their schedule yet. Most are hoping the COVID-19 outbreak would subside and they can go as planned. ZDNet will update the list with new cancelation announcements as we draw near the scheduled dates.


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