Tech industry braces for Mark Zuckerberg big F8 keynote, new product tools

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is seen on stage during a town hall at Facebook's headquarters. Reuters/Stephen Lam

The annual developer conference F8 2017 will unfold on April 18 to 19 at McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg quite recently announced that he was writing his keynote speech.

When Zuckerberg posted a snap of himself on his social networking site wearing what looked like superimposed colorful glasses and head gear, colleagues and netizens joked about it. Facebook’s Corporate and Internal Communications executive Netta Conyers-Haynes wrote that if Mark “could deliver the keynote” in such a look, “that would be awesome.”

The comment drew an interesting response from the famous entrepreneur and philanthropist. He replied, “Maybe in a few more years when we have full augmented reality...”

Zuckerberg’s speech is a highly anticipated focal point of the event since it will unveil product announcements. After that, many tech-savvy individuals will plunge into various sessions with developers and Facebook employees as well as partners ready to talk about their product thrusts.

Facebook Developers, which is based in Menlo Park, California, urged entrepreneurs and technology enthusiasts to check out the meetups in their countries to be able to view the international event.  Meetups are slated to in about 45 tech hotspots – key cities – around the world.

Facebook has often introduced new features and made new announcements at the conference, Business Insider reported. Among the top priorities that Zuckerberg laid out in the past were connectivity, artificial intelligence and virtual reality.

The tech titan in recent months has introduced several new tools in line with his thrust of building a global community – and keeping people connected and safe.

.  Among these are helpful tools geared towards people who may be victims of bullying or possibly on the brink of having suicidal thoughts.

Also recently launched was Town Hall, a tool that helps users locate and contact their elected representatives on Facebook. Zuckerberg announced that it is being rolled out initially in the US.

The Facebook co-founder has always stressed the importance of building ”a civically-engaged community. That entails creating new tools to help people engage in a thoughtful and informed manner.

It is all about making one’s voice heard, especially on decisions that have an impact in one’s life. In other words, it is about empowerment in the digital age. Zuckerberg maintained that the more people engage in thoughtful discussions and become involved in the political process, the more they can feeeel connected to their respective communities. 

Facebook had earlier introduced tools that are helpful during natural disasters. A recent one, Community Help, allows people to instinctively extend  a hand to help during a crisis.