Event tech startup Hubilo pivoted from physical to virtual events in 20 days in response to pandemic lockdowns and nabbed big-name backers.
COVID-19 has caused governments and companies alike to start closing down huge conferences and events – the $1.5 trillion global event industry has seen the vast majority of events close, rescheduled, or go entirely virtual. In February, Facebook announced that it was cancelling the annual F8 tech conference, Twitter has shut down any unnecessary travel until further notice – including barring CEO Jack Dorsey from attending SXSW in March, which itself was canceled soon after. Even the World Health Organization’s annual conference was closed due to coronavirus fears. Even before COVID-19 struck down conferences and events, many were phasing out
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