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Collision cancels in-person portion of annual conference, moves online

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, orange, emerging from the surface of cells, gray, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. Organizers of the Collision conference say they are cancelling the in-person component this year amid global concerns around a novel form of coronavirus. THE CANADIAN PRESS/NIAID-RML via AP
March 06, 2020 - 8:41 AM

TORONTO - Organizers of the Collision conference say they are cancelling the in-person component this year amid concerns around a novel form of coronavirus.

The annual tech conference was due to be held in Toronto in June, but organizers say it will instead run a livestreamed version of the talks the conference was set to host.

Organizers said in a statement that their decision was difficult, but made out of an abundance of caution given the size and scope of the event.

Collision says next year's conference will be hosted in-person and will count as the second of three years it had planned to be held in Toronto.

Collision draws about 30,000 attendees from all over the globe and this year was due to feature high-profile speakers from Uber, Sidewalk Labs, Patagonia, PayPal, Mailchimp and more.

Toronto Mayor John Tory said in a statement that he was disappointed by the news, but is committed to working with the organization and making sure the online component and the conference next year runs smoothly.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 6, 2020.

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