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Coronavirus Cancellations and Delays: Affecting IT Industry

Coronavirus Cancellations and Delays: Affecting IT Industry

A new coronavirus is spreading
A new coronavirus is spreading

This new coronavirus continues to haunt all industries around the world, from technology and sports to entertainment and politics. President Donald Trump declared a national emergency on March 13. This is a measure after the de facto closure of Italy. Many companies have closed factories and banned business-related travel. Major cultural facilities, such as the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, have been closed. The political concentration has been canceled. In addition, major technology industry events such as E3 Game Show, Facebook F8, Geneva Motor Show, Google I / O, Mobile World Congress have been canceled.

On March 11, the same day that the WHO declared the epidemic
a pandemic, the NBA suspended the rest of the season. Other cultural events
such as the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and the Miami Ultra Music
Festival have been postponed.

COVID-19, a disease caused by a new coronavirus, killed more
than 6,500 people and infected more than 167,000 people.

Apple

  • The company said on March 13 that the Worldwide Developers Conference will be online this year only.
  • Apple closed retail stores around the world, except for China, until March 27. The iPhone maker previously closed 17 stores as Italy locked down. The company’s 42 Chinese stores were previously closed but have since reopened.
  • CEO Tim Cook has given most of the company’s global employee’s permission to work from home. The company is also reportedly restricting travel to Italy, China, and South Korea, and is thoroughly cleaning offices and stores.
  • Many Apple retailers in New York City are reportedly running out of iPhone 11 devices as of March 6.

Google

  • Google is limiting visitors to offices in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, canceling all interviews, and telling Korean and Japanese employees to work from home, Google said on March 9. Confirmed on the day.
  • On March 10, Google announced the COVID-19 Fund, which provides paid sick leave for all temporary workers and vendors worldwide who may not be able to start work because of possible coronavirus symptoms or have been quarantined.
  • Restrictions on business trips to China and Hong Kong.
Coronavirus in pictures: Scenes from around the world
Coronavirus in pictures: Scenes from around the world

Microsoft

  • All employees in Seattle, Puget Sound, and the San Francisco Bay Area recommend that “you should work at home by March 25.” President Brad Smith said he would continue to pay regular wages to hourly-wage campus workers, even if he reduced working hours.
  • Microsoft announced on March 12 that it will cancel the face-to-face Build 2020 developer event. The building show will take place virtually in the same mid-May timeframe as the usual meeting was scheduled, officials said.

Amazon

  • The next re MARS meeting in Las Vegas has been canceled. This conference was in its second year, focusing on AI and robotics. All guests who purchase tickets will receive a full refund of the registration fee.
  • Launched an Amazon-connected corporate rescue fund, providing up to two weeks of salary to employees affected by the coronavirus.
  • An employee at the Seattle headquarters stated that the SARS-CoV-2 test was positive and is currently in quarantine.

Uber

  • Created a support team to assist public health authorities in responding to the epidemic. According to the company, the team may temporarily suspend the accounts of riders or drivers who have been confirmed or signed up for COVID-19.
  • We will temporarily suspend approximately 240 user accounts in Mexico and prevent the spread of coronavirus after they have contacted two drivers that may have been exposed to the virus.
  • If a driver diagnosed with COVID-19 or Uber Eats courier is individually requested by the public health authorities to self-quarantine, they will receive up to 14 days of financial assistance while the account is on hold.

Tech industry events

Several major industry events have been canceled or revamped
due to concerns about the coronavirus. Includes:

  • The keynote and product launch at Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference, usually held in San Jose, California and attracting about 10,000 people, was canceled on March 16. Nvidia said it will continue to hold online training sessions starting March 25.
  • Activision Blizzard’s Call of Duty League lives match is scheduled for 2020. The company will cancel all Home Stand Matches in the Overwatch League until April, before moving on to exclusive online events.
  • Google I / O is the company’s biggest event, where technology giants announce the latest products and initiatives.
  • Mobile World Congress. An industry organization scheduled to be held in Barcelona on February 24 every year.

Also, the annual Game Developers Conference, originally
scheduled to be held from March 16 to 20 in San Francisco, is an unspecified event
after exhibitors such as Amazon, Microsoft, Epic Games, Sony, EA and Facebook
have dropped out. Postponed to date.

The annual cybersecurity RSA meeting was held in San
Francisco in late February, but key exhibitors such as IBM, Verizon and AT
& T Cybersecurity have withdrawn.

The SXSW scheduled for March was also canceled earlier this
month.

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