Conferences Going Virtual
Written by Nikos Vaggalis   
Monday, 06 April 2020

Due to the Covid-19 planetary wide scare, many conferences instead of being canceled have gone purely virtual. To know which ones are choosing this delivery method Spokable has posted an ever-updated tracker of virtual conferences, at the moment covering over 40 online events.

Having cancelled Strata California and Strata London events, O'Reilly  went virtual with Strata Data & AI Superstream.

Other major conferences that followed suit during March were :

  • Spring Live

  • Microsoft Developer Virtual Conference

  • Cloud Data Summit

This trend is becoming popular as everybody looks like going virtual.

To keep an eye on those current or upcoming conferences the people at Spokable, which bills itself as "an inclusive speaker collaboration project that connects storytellers with audiences"  have compiled the "40+ Confs Gone Virtual" list which hosts conferences by event streaming date.

For example, looking at that list for April, the following event are taking place:

  • Cloud Next '20: Digital Connect

  • The Live Coders Conference

  • Red Hat Summit Virtual Experience

Covid-19 might have intruded all aspects of life, but alongside its carrying of illness, it is also caausing society to adapt.Things that would eventually materializ,e but would take years to do so, are now sped up multi-fold.
E-learning ,teaching remotely and working from home are coming out clear winners with their adoption rate being augmented like never before.

Conferences is another sector adapting. Many such world class events required hefty tickets, booking hotels and flights in order to attend..Going virtual requires just an internet connection and a slashed ticket price or even be free, highlighting the positive effects of this unfortunate crisis.

As a matter of fact O'Reilly has officially announced that, going forward, it has closed down in-person conferences, with Laura Baldwin posting:

Today, we’re sharing the news that we’ve made the very difficult decision to cancel all future O’Reilly in-person conferences and close down this portion of our business.

Without understanding when this global health emergency may come to an end, we can’t plan for or execute on a business that will be forever changed as a result of this crisis.

Instead O'Reilly is adopting virtual as its standard for events such as conferences:

With large technology vendors moving their events completely on-line, we believe the stage is set for a new normal moving forward when it comes to in-person events.

The many needs that brought customers to in-person events haven’t gone away; we have to adapt and find ways to meet those needs in new ways.Now, we look forward to the future and helping the technology community find new ways to connect and learn from each other even when face-to-face gatherings are impossible

It's safe to assume that even after the virus has left us, society will have adapted to new ways and things won't go back to what they used to be, well at least not completely. For example, working remotely will be the new norm.Traditional companies would transitionally revert to a mix of a few days working from home and some working remotely until they go completely remote;the same for teaching at Colleges and the rest.



As the saying goes "Some of the world’s greatest innovations have taken place during times of great crisis".

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