Facebook has traditionally used the two-day conference to show off the nifty new tools and products that will help expand its dominance and capture more of the public attention. This year's event will have plenty of that, but it should also chart a path into a future that CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said will be more focused on privacy and community—and, Zuckerberg surely hopes, less ensconced in scandal.
It was just over a year ago, after all, that the Cambridge Analytica scandal forced people to fundamentally rethink Facebook's relationship with their data. In the months since, the company has suffered its first major hack, stored millions of passwords in plaintext, and its main platform was implicated in global atrocities.
On Tuesday, you can expect a smattering of updates from all corners of the Facebook universe, from virtual and augmented reality tools and hardware to potential updates on Facebook's hotly anticipated but stealthy blockchain efforts. Hopefully they'll also share some details on how Zuckerberg's push to enable encrypted messaging among all of Facebook's platforms might work in practice.
You can see a full rundown of what to expect right here. Want to watch along live? You can tune in to the keynote address—which starts at 10 am PDT/1 pm EDT Tuesday—by signing up here, or check this page for WIRED's livestream when the action begins.
While the biggest news will come during Zuckerberg's keynote on Tuesday, videos of all the F8 sessions will be available on demand on the Facebook for Developers website. Wednesday's keynote also starts at 10 am PDT.
And don't forget to follow along on WIRED's liveblog for insights from our reporters, who will be both inside the convention center and watching from afar. That'll kick off about an hour before the event.