Final preparations are underway Monday for Facebook's big F8 Developer Conference. For the first time, it will be held in San Jose. More than 4,000 people from around the world are expected to be at the San Jose Convention Center Tuesday.
Facebook has held this conference at Fort Mason in San Francisco. It’s now at the convention center, big enough to hold all the attendees and that means big business for San Jose.
The San Jose Convention Center is decorated with pride, as it hosts F8, Facebook's annual developer conference. Ryan Hong arrived from Korea. It's his first time in California. He was hoping for better weather, but overall glad to be here.
“I’m based from an IT company,” said Hong. “I’m pretty excited to be here because I love Adobe, Facebook,” said Hong. “The atmosphere is pretty good.”
He’s among the thousands of visitors in town for F8. Organizers said it's the perfect location in the heart of Silicon Valley, given the event has doubled in size to more than 4,000 people, outgrowing the facility in San Francisco.
“We have over 30 percent more international attendees this year which is very exciting for us,” said Desiree Motmedi of Facebook. “People are here from Brazil, Japan and India. We also have a live stream for folks to watch online.”
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is expected to deliver the keynote address, as attendees will learn the latest technologies in messaging, virtual reality and artificial intelligence.
“For me personally,” said Hong. “I’m very interested in camera services and what Facebook will promote for camera"
“I’m interested in seeing all of it,” said Theodore Andricos from New York. “The stuff that relates to what I do but also the stuff that's a little more out there like the virtual reality stuff they are working on.”
Besides Facebook's F8, Apple is also moving its worldwide developer conference to San Jose. Signs are already up for Silicon Valley Comic Con. The conferences underscore San Jose’s brand as the tech epicenter for Silicon Valley.
“They will fill more than 2,700 hotel rooms,” said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. “This is great economic boom to our city. At the same time we have seen in downtown San Jose an explosion of interest in tech.”
According to Team San Jose, that manages the convention center, F8 could have an economic impact of more than two million dollars. Nearby Original Joe’s is already seeing the extra foot traffic.
“Especially when it's tax week, tax season, it's typically a very slow week so we are definitely excited to have this conference here,” said Christopher Landon of Original Joe’s.
The public can go inside a modular set up outside the Convention Center to experience a free virtual reality tour. The conference ends Wednesday.