IBM pulls out of RSA Conference citing virus outbreak concerns

The fear surrounding COVID-19, the coronavirus disease that first appeared in late 2019 in Wuhan, China, led to the cancellation of Mobile World Congress 2020 in Barcelona. Now other large tech industry conferences are losing big company participation as concerns over employee safety and quarantines persist.

IBM, for example, has pulled out from the RSA Conference in San Francisco, which is scheduled to take place from February 24-28. The story broke on Twitter as journalists were circulating a statement sent out by IBM.

As of February 12, on its page of regular updates about coronavirus concerns, the RSA Conference organizers noted that the conference was going to proceed as planned. "Approximately 83 percent of our current registered attendees are from the United States as are 82 percent of our exhibiting organizations. The travel restrictions implemented by the U.S. Government on January 31, 2020, remain in effect and according to the CDC’s latest situation summary, the health risk from coronavirus for the general American public is considered low at this time," the conference wrote on its events page.

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Phil Harvey, US Bureau Chief, Light Reading

john rick 2/17/2020 | 3:21:35 AM
nice I have written a blog on this has a complete comparison of both
FastCache 2/16/2020 | 5:08:36 AM
Time for a rethink? As an innovation driven industry maybe it is time to rethink the old trade show, conference circuit format. For sure personal relationships matter and face to face meetings will continue to be important. However, in recent years there have been an increasing number of questions about the cost and return on industry events. Also there is the whole issue of corporate responsibility and carbon footprint also being debated in the background.
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