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Google I/O Registration Open Today Through Friday (Updated)

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Today is the big day for Android  and Google enthusiasts alike – Google I/O registration opens! I/O is Google’s annual developers conference, where the world gets a peak at what Google has planned for its services over the next year. These services include all of our favorites, such as Android, Chrome, Glass, Drive, and much more.

This year, unlike years’ past, Google is holding a lottery for I/O tickets. In the past, users would rush to the I/O website hoping to snag a pair (with most people leaving frustrated), but this year is much different. The I/O registration window will be open today (April 15) to Friday (April 18). This gives people three days to sign up, which means no rushing and hopefully no site crashes. 

At the beginning of next week, Google will randomly select its attendees, which means it doesn’t matter when you register. As always, you will need a Google+ account tied to a Google Wallet account, as that is the way they charge you for the tickets.

General attendee tickets are priced at $900, while academic tickets are $300. Remember, you will need a .edu email address to get an academic ticket.

If you are interested in attending this year, keep you eyes peeled on this site to signup for the ticket lottery that starts at 4pm PDT.

Update:  Google I/O registration is now open!

Via: Google I/O
  • Leighton Hall

    Ok so… what is the registration code? Im a Comp Sci major and I REALLY WANT TO GO!

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  • ddevito

    Rumor is that with the lottery system there will be no freebies this year.

    • James Briano

      Keyword: Rumor

  • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

    $300 is cheap compared to the airfare, food, hotel, and missing work.

    • JoshGroff

      Yeah, the extras add up fast…

  • DanielMena9

    Wish I had vacation days to go …

    • JoshGroff

      I have the vacation time but am lacking the funds, lol.

  • http://idle0095.com/ IDLE0095

    Two tickets here I come.

  • Cael

    I can afford $300! yay

    • Kirk Hilles

      Yes, but can you afford the $250 per night to stay in SF and airfare and taxi costs and everything else?

      • Cael

        Yes I can.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I might as well try. What’s the worst that can happen?

  • Mark Aaron Collado

    Wish I had money to go

  • trixnkix637

    I would love to go but I can’t justify the $300 expenditure (just bought a PS4 plus saving for the Moto X+1). There’s always next year.

    • John Davids

      $300 is the academic price if you are a current student or faculty of a school. $900 for general admission. I wouldn’t worry too much about the cost though, as Google has always given away enough swag thats worth more than the ticket price. Last year they gave every single person in attentance one of these:

      https://play.google.com/store/devices/details/Google_Chromebook_Pixel_LTE?id=chromebook_pixel_lte

      • 213ninja

        really???? that’s incredible.

        • The Narrator

          Not that the Pixel is useful, but its nice to watch movies i suppose lol

          • 213ninja

            debbie downer!!!!!!!!

          • The Narrator

            No, cause just sell it for $1000 and make $700 profit. Ha

        • John Davids

          Yeah, and in 2012 everyone got the just-announced Nexus 7 tablet like 2 months before it went on sale, and a Nexus Q and an early production Chromebook before those were out too. Not to mention all the amazing talks and workshops. I hope I get to go someday. Being poor is super lame.

          • Kirk Hilles

            I went to the 2012 and it was awesome, but in terms of deals, it was 2011 where you really scored. My co-worker went and got a tablet before it was available to the public that he said he could’ve sold for over $1,000 and such. 2012 had lots of stuff (Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 and Nexus Q) but it was available to the public pretty much right away, so it wasn’t like you could see the stuff for big $. Last year’s Chromebook was worth a fair amount.

      • trixnkix637

        I definitely plan to go for all of the reasons you’ve listed. Even at $900 the networking and knowledge gained probably even out the cost.

        • Kirk Hilles

          I went 2 years ago and it was awesome, however I don’t understand the people that classify it as a “networking” event. Maybe its just because I’m shy, but it wasn’t like I was making connections with people that would get me a job (although I love my job) or connecting . In terms of knowledge, they focused on new features and such and it wasn’t like it was a crash course in how to develop an Android app or whatever. You can learn just as much by watching the streaming sessions for free.

  • Charlie

    Registration starts at 4:00pm PDT (7:00PM EDT). The registration page is here: https://www.google.com/events/io/registration

    • Ian

      Thanks!

  • The Narrator

    $300 and all the free things! !!

    • Kirk Hilles

      Presuming you get free things this year. There will be very limited student tickets at that price and don’t forget airfare and $250/night lodging.

  • Eric Palmero

    Strange, I can’t seem to find the registration page.

    • WCM3

      i was having the same problem. Looks like it’s not active until 4pm (PDT)..

  • Colton

    Anyone been to IO before? How was it actually being there?

    • BigTimmay

      Other than the main keynote + cool some toys you play with, it’s aimed at developers. If you have no desire in development, then you will only like the main keynote and kiosks.

      • Colton

        very cool. i’m comp sci major (in school now) so I think it would be cool to go one year when I’m further in my classes though

        • BigTimmay

          Cool. Hope you get picked to go.

        • Brandon Schlack

          Was a comp sci major and went last year. Its a huge blast. I mostly ended up going to the design and UI/UX sessions though because those were more interesting for me, and was a huge influence in me switching my major to Integrated Media (basically Software Design) along with my comp sci minor.

          As a student, aspiring developer, and Google fan (not fanboy), the best part for me was just meeting everyone, from Google and other companies alike. It was fun being able to talk about all that was going on that was centered for developers. I am now discussing an internship for this summer from one of the contacts I met there over lunch. So for me, and for other students looking to go into development, just meeting these people and networking is well worth the cost of admission.

          So Colton, and any other aspiring developers, I hope you all get a chance to go, and hope to see you there.

          • Colton

            Wow that’s pretty awesome! I’ve always thought software design was cool also, I need to check it out. Thanks for the insight, I hope to go one day!