The Berlin government has imposed a ban on holding mass events with the participation of more than five thousand people until October 24 — accordingly, it will not be possible to hold the IFA in the usual format. However, the organizers are considering alternatives. There are no specifics yet, but it is difficult to come up with anything other than online broadcasts. In theory, the IFA can “move” to another location — but this is unlikely.
The Verge adds that IFA is not the first major technology event to be affected by the coronavirus. Most other industry conferences were either completely canceled or moved online. These include Google I / O 2020, MWC 2020, SXSW 2020, Facebook F8, GDC 2020, Oculus Connect, E3 2020, Apple WWDC 2020, Microsoft Build 2020, and Gamescom.
Recall, IFA — the largest European exhibition of electronics and home appliances, held in Berlin. One of the oldest industrial exhibitions in Germany and one of the most important trade shows in the world. It has been held since 1924.