Google I/O is Google's premier annual conference for developers and last year, the event sold out in less than an hour. After postponing the event and expanding it to three days, Google just announced that tickets will go on sale on March 27th at 7am PT. Once again, developers will have to get in line early, though, as registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Last year, Google hinted at a new registration process where developers would have to solve programming puzzles to be eligible for tickets. Now it looks like the company has moved away from this idea.
One issue a lot of developers have with the first-come, first-serve nature of registration for this event has been the fact that a lot of attendees at developer conferences are now often not developers themselves. I/O, where Google has developed a tendency to give away a lot of pricey gadgets that are often worth more than the ticket fee, has become somewhat notorious for this.
Tickets for I/O will cost $900 for general attendees and $300 for students and university faculty members.
Here are some more details from Google: [list]
- Registration will open first-come, first-serve on March 27th at 7 AM PDT / 14:00 UTC.
- Rooms at the W Hotel are currently going for $279. Limited time offer, while supplies last.
- Code Labs have graduated from Bootcamp and will now be incorporated into our 3-day agenda.
- This year’s After Hours theme is Carnival 2112.
- Real-time transcription (CART) will be provided live during the keynote and some breakout sessions.[/list]
It's also worth noting that you will need to have a Google+ account to register and that you will have to use Google Wallet to pay for your registration.