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.