Facebook will hold its annual F8 developer conference this year as a fully virtual one-day event on June 2. The conference was canceled in 2020 among many other tech events due to the Coronavirus pandemic. However, it is good to see that Facebook gets its developers involved again with the event this year.
The new event will be called F8 Refresh due to its newer online format. Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, vice president of platform partnerships at Facebook, said the event would return to the “roots of Facebook: a place to celebrate, inspire and help developers grow.”
“Our virtual stage will be open to developers around the world and will be streamed live on our Facebook developer page on June 2,” added Papamiltiadis. Developers who are interested in it can register on Facebook’s F8 Refresh website.
No Mark Zuckerberg speech
A major change to the new F8 Refresh will be the absence of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg from the event’s keynote address. However, we may see Zuckerberg contribute to the event in other areas. The same was confirmed by The Verge.
Instead, Papamiltiadis will host the opening presentation, which will include information on new releases and new production tools for Facebook, Instagram, Oculus, and WhatsApp. We could also see updates on whether Facebook is creating its own tool to tackle apps like Clubhouse.
Facebook is expected to talk about the company’s developments in areas such as augmented reality and virtual reality. The company can also share more about ongoing challenges, such as platform moderation. However, no major event updates like those seen in previous iterations of the event are expected.