When the pandemic arrived within the U.S. early final yr, firms scrambled to determine what to do with their long-standing, in-person developer occasions. For Apple and Microsoft, that meant going digital — one thing firms have performed with blended outcomes.
For Google, it meant calling off I/O all collectively. The corporate canceled the developer convention historically held every Could at Mountain View, California’s Shoreline Amphitheater.
“Out of concern for the well being and security of our builders, workers and native communities — and in keeping with latest ‘shelter in place’ orders by the native Bay Space counties — we sadly is not going to be holding I/O in any capability this yr,” the corporate wrote on the time.
After a yr off, the present is about to return in digital kind. Google despatched out its customary puzzle invitations in the present day, noting that the occasion can be held Could 18-20. (Props to 9 to 5 Google for solving.) Like different online-only occasions of a latest classic, this model of the developer’s convention can be free to attend and open to all. (Dwell, we assume, and never “Olive,” however it’s exhausting to say for certain, based mostly on the graphic under.)
Google joins numerous firms persevering with to carry digital occasions in 2021. Whereas an aggressive vaccine rollout has begun right here within the States, there’s nonetheless loads of questions and considerations encompass the virus’ unfold at massive gatherings — even ones like I/O, that are historically held open air. Apple lately introduced a second digital model of WWDC, set for June, whereas Microsoft’s Build runs May 25-27.