Google I/O registration opens at 4PM PST (7PM EST), but there’s no need to rush

by: Bogdan PetrovanApril 15, 2014

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As promised, Google  will open the registration process for its I/O developer conference today at 4PM PST, but unlike past years, this time there’s no need to rush to reserve a ticket.

Google has changed the registration process in order to avoid the virtual stampedes from the past years, when technical glitches and the sheer number of users trying to secure a ticket caused widespread frustration. This year, Google is assigning tickets through a random draw, giving all would-be attendees that registered through April 18 equal chances at buying a ticket.

After the registration period closes, Google will hold the draw and notify the winners via email. You will need to authorize the $900 payment (via Google Wallet) when you register, though your account will only be debited if you won a ticket. You have until June 1 to request a refund in case you change your mind.

Google I/O will be held a bit later this year, and will be just two days long, compared to three in 2013. On June 25 and June 26 at San Francisco’s Moscone West Center, Google is expected to announce updates on Android and its apps and services, as well as officially introduce a version of Android optimized for TVs. Android Wear, Project Ara, or Project Tango are some of the other exciting projects that Google could provide updates to at I/O 2014.

Head over to the Google I/O 2014 page to submit your registration, and good luck.

  • MasterMuffin

    Wait it’s $900?? I know they give free stuff away, but wow

    • Mike Reid

      Pretty cheap IMO for what you get. At least $400-500 worth of stuff, PLUS Google I/O. I’m guessing this year a phone or tablet will be given out PLUS a Google Wear watch.

      What other big, successful tech company has a yearly event that’s ALWAYS sold out where at least half the ticket price is worth the free stuff ?

      I’d sign up myself, but the flight and hotel costs put it out of my budget.

      • MasterMuffin

        Okay you got me sold :) I’d sign up, but I’m too young to travel alone and nobody would come with me :/

  • Vardan Nazaretyan

    Any idea on any extended events? Last year there was one near me and I blindly missed that. AFAIK, it was even free of charge to enter, but it wasn’t anything near what the real deal is. It must have been a live stream with maybe some reps standing ready to answer some questions the viewers had but nonetheless there was at least something worth visiting.