While the specter of the spiraling Coronavirus crisis-affected stock’s prices and the lives of many, major crypto and blockchain conferences have also been rescheduled.
One of the largest multi-day events, Ethereum Development Community Conference, EDCON was initially slated to happen in April in Vienna. However, it has been canceled due to ‘the COVID-19 virus”. The notice on similar regards has been sent to their subscribers and community members, noting that the decision was difficult but necessary considering the safety and health’.
“The well-being of the Ethereum community is the most important thing for us. As we are all well aware of the COVID-19 epidemic, we made the hard decision today to cancel EDCON 2020,” the organizers wrote.
EDCON isn’t the only conference that decided to cancel the event this year, however, organizers of yet another biggest event, the Paris Blockchain Week Summit has also paused the event which was supposed to take place in March. The organizers informed the audience that the event is not canceled, rather it is rescheduled in December. Noticeably, the event was expected to happen from March 31-April 01, it will now be expected to take place on December 09-10.
More so, the virtue outbreak continues and has taken a toll on several other functionalities. As a part of caution notice, blockchain companies and firms gave an exception to their workforce to work remotely. For instance, a report earlier stated that the vice president at ZB Group, Aurora Wong said that the Coronavirus outbreak “has caused psychological stress on people” and continued;
“While many cities are not technically in lockdown, it is definitely not encouraged to come out for our own health and the whole society to get the epidemic under control.”
More on the events and conferences, Bitcoin 2020 which was originally planned for two days at the end of March 2020, is now postponed to the third quarter of 2020. The event organizer, BTC Inc., informed that those who have already purchased tickets are encouraged to attend the rescheduled event with the same ticket. However, it has also noted that some attendees could receive refunds. The statement shared by BTC Inc CEO David Bailey said that;
“Our standard policy is that all ticket sales are final, however, this is a unique circumstance. We think you’re going to love the new Bitcoin 2020 event and ask that all registered attendees wait until updated details are announced before requesting a refund,” Bailey wrote. “For any attendee that is unable to participate in the new event, we will work with you individually.”
Moreover, in a statement published by the “DC Blockchain Summit”, the organizers announced that the event will not be taking place this March. While no further details have been published yet, the organizer, however, ensured that they are working on finalizing a new date for the event.