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Google I/O site goes live, new random registration system open from April 8-10


Update: Registration is open April 8-10. Google’s first draft of its blog post mistakenly said April 7-9.

After briefly announcing some details earlier this month, a website for the upcoming Google I/O developer conference has just gone live with more info on registration. Google previously announced it would implement a new registration system that would randomly select applicants to avoid tickets selling out in minutes, and today the company provided more info on the system in a blog post. It also announced that registration will be open from April 7-9 April 8-10:

Now, on to what I know you’re waiting to hear about most. A month ago, we mentioned that this year’s registration process would be different. You won’t need to scramble the second registration opens, as we will not be implementing a first-come-first-served model this year. Instead, registration will be remain open from April 7 – 9 and you can apply any time during this window. We’ll randomly select applicants after the window closes on April 9, and send ticket purchase confirmation emails shortly thereafter.

Starting at 5:00am PDT on April 8th  until 5:00pm PDT on April 10th, you’ll have the chance to register for your shot at a ticket. If you’re lucky enough to get one through the new registration system (Google will randomly select on the 10th), you’ll pay $900 for general admission or $300 if you’re a student.

Google also announced that in addition to a livestream of the event, it will be having I/O Extended events in certain areas that it will announce in the near future.

The 2014 Google I/O developer conference, an event where Google usually announces new products and shows off upcoming features for developers, is slated fro June 25-26 at Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco.

Here are some tips from Google and the fineprint on ticket sales:

Here’s what to expect during the registration application window:
  • You will need to sign into Google+ to begin the registration application.
  • You will then complete the required registration fields and continue on to authorize the purchase of your ticket via Google Wallet. At this time, Google Wallet will not complete the charge, but a pre-authorization will be placed to ensure the funds are available.
  • Your credit card will only be charged if you are assigned a ticket. By completing the registration application, you are authorizing Google Wallet to complete the charge at the conclusion of the application window, should you be randomly selected to receive a ticket.
  • Tickets can only be used by the original registrant and cannot be transferred or resold.
  • Ticket holders have until June 1, 2014 to request a full refund.
  • In order to obtain your Google I/O badge at check-in, a photo ID is mandatory.

As always, you’ll need a Google+ account and Google Wallet to register. Google has a help page up here with details for those planning on attending the event.


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Jordan writes about all things Apple as Senior Editor of 9to5Mac, & contributes to 9to5Google, 9to5Toys, & He also co-authors 9to5Mac’s weekly Logic Pros series and makes music as one half of Toronto-based Makamachine.