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Google I/O 2014 registration moved to next week, extended to 4 days

Google decided to move the start of the Google I/O 2014 registration period to April 15. It will run for four days instead of the original two days.
April 8, 2014

Just a few hours before the registration period for Google I/O 2014 was scheduled to open, Google decided to delay it to April 15.

On the bright side, the original two-day registration period will be extended by two days. The new registration period will begin on April 15 and end on April 18.

Google Developers announced the delay and the new schedule in a Google+ post, saying that developers are “still working to make the registration process even easier” for interested parties.

Google I/O is the annual gathering of awesome boys and girls to talk about awesome stuff developer-focused conference that brings together programmers and Google fans to discuss web, mobile, and enterprise technologies and solutions. This year’s conference will be held on June 25 and June 26 at Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco, California.

Despite the delay, Google won’t change its plan to use a different registration procedure this year, one that’s expected to open up the conference to a wider and broader audience. Instead of using the first-come-first-served approach, Google will be essentially holding a lottery to select attendants. The lucky winners will be picked randomly after the registration period ends on April 18.

New registration process

The new registration process means that you won’t need to risk a heart attack from rushing to be in line before the seat slots run out. You can register anytime during the registration period.

If you’re thinking of registering, make sure that you’ve set up your Google+ account and Google Wallet. The latter is needed for paying for your ticket. At registration, you will need to authorize Google to charge your Wallet account automatically if you are selected to attend the conference.

Ticket prices

Google has not announced any change to the prices. General admission tickets cost $900 each. But, you can avail yourself of the special academic admission ticket priced at only $300 if you are any of the following:

  • full-time student at a high school or higher education institution;
  • professor or faculty member at a high school or higher education institution;
  • staff at a high school or higher education institution; or
  • fresh graduate this year.

If you qualify for academic ticket pricing, make sure you bring proof or documentation (e.g, school ID, transcript, credential, and the like) during check-in at the conference, otherwise you will not be admitted. Academic tickets cannot be converted to general admission tickets.

A Google I/O ticket may only be used by the person it is issued to and may not be resold. To be able to claim your Google I/O badge during check-in at the conference, you will need to present a photo ID.

Benefits of participation

Your admission ticket will let you enjoy the following:

  • two days of sessions and product demos;
  • After Hours reception (where free food and drinks will be served);
  • attendance at the keynote session;
  • complimentary breakfast, lunch, and refreshments;
  • conference badge;
  • T-shirt; and
  • other giveaways.

The admission prices do not cover hotel accommodations or transportation. If you are selected to attend and decide not to, you may request a refund until June 1.

Are you attending Google I/O 2014? Why or why not? What things are you looking forward to in this year’s edition of Google I/O?