Facebook Connect 2021 Date Set
The Facebook Connect, the VR and AR industry’s most important developer conference will be taking place unusually late this year. The 2021 “Connect” developer conference takes place on October 28th and will take place virtually.
Additional updates such as the registration details are set to come soon. The date for the event was posted on the FacebookConnect.com website.
Facebook hadn’t announced the Facebook Connect yet. It was not even known what name it will be called this time. Facebook’s F8 developer conference typically happens early in the year and provides updates on the tools for its existing social networking service. On the other hand, the Facebook “Connect” conference is typically held late in the year and delves into the updates related to Facebook’s VR and AR ambitions. Facebook Connect was originally referred to as Oculus Connect and was first held in 2014 following Facebook’s acquisition of the Oculus startup. In 2020, the conference was rebranded to “Facebook Connect”.
Previously, Mark Zuckerberg had used Facebook Connect as a platform for charting out his vision for VR and AR technologies. Facebook’s research experts often use the conference to outline their long-term path for technologies such as haptic hands, codec avatars, and varifocal optics. The platform is also used by Facebook product leads to host sessions explaining the tools that the company is planning to avail to developers in the coming year.
It had been known that the Facebook Connect conference would take place online, like last year’s Facebook Connect, and this was confirmed last week by the head of Facebook’s XR division Andrew Bosworth.
The date of the next Facebook Connect has now appeared on the official website. The conference is will take place on October 28th, 2021. The official announcement with details of the program as well as the registration options are set to follow shortly.
The Second Facebook Connect is Coming So Late
The 28th October date is unusually late for the developer conference. The conference usually occurs between mid-September and early October. Facebook took very long before announcing the event this year and this might have been due to the pandemic. Also, Facebook might have been planning a regular event a few months back and decided to switch to the digital format at the last minute once it became clear that the COVID-19 pandemic would still be posing a health risk to the general public, particularly in light of new fast-spreading strains of the virus.
Facebook is also likely to present its first data glasses during this year’s Connect conference and announce its release date and price. It is plausible that this wearable or some other important Facebook announcement wasn’t ready in time, forcing the postponement of this year’s Facebook Connect conference.
The online format is likely an inconvenience for Facebook which would have preferred to present its first smart glasses physically in front of journalists and developers than via a livestream.