PARIS — Viva Technology has canceled its 2020 edition.
The Paris-based tech conference, which was initially set to run June 11 to 13, chose to scrap its fifth edition due to the confinement measures ordered by the French government on March 16.
“The confinement measures decided by national authorities have made it impossible for us to prepare and organize the event at the scheduled dates,” read a statement circulated by VivaTech on March 19.
The event organizers didn’t specify whether the event would be rescheduled. However, the statement hinted at “alternative solutions” which are currently being studied by the main partners of the event, to be revealed soon.
“The co-presidents of the event, Maurice Lévy, Pierre Louette and myself, cannot maintain our June event in this context; the health and safety of everyone is our priority,” said Julie Ranty, managing director of VivaTech, in the statement. “We are considering alternative solutions. This complex period pushes us to adapt and be even more creative.”
Last year, French President Emmanuel Macron, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alibaba chairman and cofounder Jack Ma opened the technology conference, which was attended by 124,000 visitors.