Facebook Sets Dates for 2020 F8 Conference

Facebook has announced that the 2020 edition of its developer conference, ‘F8’, will take place across 5-6 May at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose.

The event tends to see the social network’s top executives, including Mark Zuckerberg, present their vision for the company and outline key product changes.

There is no word yet on what the conference is likely to involve, though Sarah Perez at TechCrunch points out that it will be an opportunity for Facebook to respond to the rise of TikTok and Snapchat. 

Director of Platform Partnerships Konstantinos Papamiltiadis wrote in a statement: “This is such an important event for us; it’s one of our favorite ways to celebrate all of you: the developers, creators, entrepreneurs and innovators who build incredible experiences using our platform and tools, and participate in our programs. 

“F8 will feature product demos, deep-dive sessions that showcase how technology can enable you to come together and create your best work, and opportunities for you to network with our global developer community and learn from each other.”

In May 2018, Facebook announced it was moving into online dating at an F8 event. The news sent Match Group’s stock tumbling, though the market leader later recovered after reporting positive quarterly results.

At F8 2019, Zuckerberg and co. brought Dating to countries including Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Laos, Brazil, Peru and Chile.

The product team also unveiled ‘Secret Crush’, a feature which allows users to anonymously express interest in their existing connections. If both parties express interest in one another, a match is made.

Apple’s developer conference, WWDC, also takes place in San Jose. This week, the tech giant announced it was transforming its WWDC app into a complete content hub for its developer community. 

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