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Coronavirus: Tech Festival South by Southwest canceled

The South by Southwest (SXSW) film, music, digital and tech festival has been canceled due to concerns about the corona virus. The city of Austin made the decision on Friday, the organizers say. This decision had to be followed. "We are devastated."



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In the run-up, there were already numerous cancellations by prominent companies, including Facebook, Intel and Twitter, for the SXSW planned for March 2020. Even a petition for a cancellation did not stop the organizers from sticking to the date for the festival in the Texas metropolis for some time.

The SXSW has taken tens of thousands of international visitors to Austin since 1987 and is one of the most important industry meetings. The organizers announced that they would consider an alternative date. "The show must go on," says the Message from the organizers, after which a virtual online SXSW is also being worked on.

Meanwhile, many tech-related events have been canceled and canceled due to concerns about the spread of the corona virus. These included Facebook's F8 developer conference, the Cebit successor Twenty2X, the Game Developers Conference, Google's developer conference I / O and the Geneva Motor Show.


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