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Google I/O 2014 registration opens April 8th, attendees to be picked at random

Instead of a first-come-first-served affair, Google I/O registration will be open for two days (starting April 8) and attendees will be picked at random.
March 26, 2014

In the past, Google has opened up its I/O registration page to the public, only for folks to mad dash over and grab tickets on a first-come-first-serve basis. The end result is a mess that consists of server crashes and plenty of other drama. This year, Google is doing things a bit differently — though only time will tell if this approach is better or not.

So what’s changed? This time, the Google I/O site reveals that it is opening up registration from 5AM PDT April 8th and will close it up at 5PM PDT on April 10th. Google says there is no need to rush, as Google will simply be picking randomly from the pool of folks that registered and should alert the ‘winners’ sometime after 5PM PDT on the 10th.

Those that are chosen from the list will then be invited to purchase a ticket, which will cost $900 for regular attendees or $300 for an academic ticket. As always, the academic ticket is reserved for full-time students, professors, faculty or staff at a higher school level or higher.

As for when Google I/O will be held? The event runs from June 25 to the 26th this year. While last year’s event focused little on hardware, this year where hoping for more details about Moto 360 and other Android Wear devices as well as possibly the next version of Android. In addition, the will be plenty of other developer workshops and other developer-oriented events.

For those that can’t attend, you’ll be happy to know that the Google I/O keynote and several other I/O-related events will be live-streamed. And of course Android Authority will be on the ground bringing you plenty of great coverage as well!

For more details about Google I/O 2014 and registration, you’ll want to head over to Google’s official I/O site. While you’re there, you might also want to check out a new interactive experiment that you can mess around with, which is basically a series of unique animated puzzles.