Unfortunately, due to the uncertainties of the global pandemic, IFA 2021 will be held online, the physical event has been canceled.
“Several key global health metrics did not move as fast in the right direction as had been hoped for – from the rapid emergence of new COVID-19 variants, for example in South Asia, to continued uncertainties about the speed of the rollout of vaccination programmes around the world,” the organization explains in a statement.
Organization retracts decision one month later
IFA has decided that its on-site event at the Messe Berlin venue should be canceled and they are now aiming for the next event to be held physically in 2022.
The decision of IFA, the largest technology event in Europe, adds more uncertainty to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which despite the various casualties still maintains the decision to be held physically. Companies such as Samsung, Lenovo, Nokia, or Ericsson have expressed that they will not be attending these events.