Local tech company Atlassian cancels major conference in Las Vegas

Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes.

Australian software giant Atlassian has joined the growing list of major tech companies that have been forced to cancel their annual conferences amid coronavirus fears.

Atlassian has pulled the plug on its annual developer conference in Las Vegas, which was expected to attract 5000 delegates over three days at the end of March.

Atlassian will instead hold a “remote summit” streaming some of its planned content online.

“As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation has continued to evolve around the world, Atlassian has been actively assessing the risk and impact on a daily basis and monitoring guidance from public health authorities,” Atlassian said in a statement.

“In the end, because the health and safety of Atlassians, our customers, and partners are our highest priority, we’ve decided to suspend this year’s Summit in Las Vegas.”

The latest tech event casualty follows yesterday’s news that Amazon Web Services was cancelling its AWS Summit and Amazon Innovation Day that were to be held at the International Convention Centre Sydney at the end of March.