I get most value at conferences from the so-called “corridor track” of meet ups outside of the formal talks. I’m also interested in the meta information like which subjects get highest priority in the agenda and in seeing the various presentation styles up close. I’m not sure how it’s possible to replicate all of that in a virtual conference, but it looks as though we’ll have to…:
[…] Not all tech conferences will disappear as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the number will likely fall as companies that conduct them shift to virtual events (like O’Reilly) or face financial peril (like the Drupal Association). In addition, companies that sponsor or pay for their employees to attend these events will reevaluate the benefits of doing so versus the costs. Pent-up demand for face-to-face events after travel returns to normal will not trump economics.
For a list of canceled or postponed tech conferences, check out the following ZDNet articles:
- Coronavirus tech conference cancellations list: Apple WWDC, Microsoft Build, E3, NAB, Gartner, Dell World and more
- A list of security conferences canceled or postponed due to coronavirus concerns
- Linux and open-source conferences: List of what’s canceled or going virtual