Survey Results: You Don’t Worry About Tech Events (But I/O is Your Favorite)

Two weeks ago, we asked you which tech events excite you most in 2019. We gave four options: Apple’s WWDC event, Google I/O, Microsoft Build, or some smaller event such as Github Universe. We published just as I/O and Build were just around the corner.

The results were almost equally divided. I/O was the clear winner, with 28 percent of tech pros saying it was their favorite event; WWDC came in a very close second with 26 percent of the vote. The rest were divided equally between Microsoft Build and ‘other’ events (each of these options earned 23 percent of the vote).

But that’s really only half the story. Our survey didn’t do quite as well as others we’ve posted. It seemed weird, so we took to Facebook for a secondary survey.

This time, we asked if you care about tech events at all. A full 60 percent of respondents to our Facebook survey said they just don’t care about major tech events. (Note: This was a binary question. Respondents to the Facebook survey could theoretically have a different interpretation of a ‘tech event.’)

If we’re being critical, Build and I/O didn’t do much to inspire developers in 2019. Build was a sleepy event, with Terminal and a new Linux shell for Windows 10 dominating headlines (all great things, but not terribly exciting). The I/O keynote tugged at heartstrings with some sappy ads, and allowed Google a platform to make its case for being cool (while still siphoning your data), but our observations suggest tech pros saw right through that facade. Google chose to bury Flutter and Kotlin news, which was far more important to the crowd attending (and many of those watching at home).

WWDC promises to be a critical time for developers who write apps and services for Apple’s ecosystems. We’re still expecting ‘Marzipan’ to make a splash in a few weeks, which will dominate how we all develop iOS and macOS apps moving forward.

Then again, a lot of developers and engineers are busy working with legacy code and squashing bugs. Within huge companies, ‘moving fast’ isn’t always an option, which might be the real reason over half of tech professionals are just not that concerned about the new shiny stuff shown off at tech giants’ events.