Tech writer Andy Ihnatko joined Boston Public Radio on Friday to speak about why many tech companies are canceling their annual events due to coronavirus.

"This about the season when all these big companies meet to explain to programmers and developers who use their services and hardware about their new features," Ihnatko said. "They're bringing thousands and thousands of people to their home campuses, usually San Francisco Bay area, and obviously this is a big problem during coronavirus."

These conference are a way for independent developers and hardware manufacturers to interact with engineers and learn about new roll-outs, Ihnatko said.

"It was a big deal that the Game Developers Conference that usually has 28,000 people was canceled. Google I/O, which is their big annual shindig with 6,000 people was canceled, and Facebook canceled the [F8 developer conference]," he said.