Friday, February 21, 2014

Google I/O 2014 to be held June 25, 26; registration turns into lottery

Did you win the Powerball $425 million jackpot on Wednesday night? If you did not, don't feel bad; just start figuring your odds to attend Google I/O 2014, as on Wednesday the company announced a new registration system, one that amounts to a lottery.

For those who have experienced the rigors of trying to get into Google I/O -- last year's conference sold out in under an hour, with those trying to get into experiencing server overload -- the changes to the registration process may be more important than the actual dates (June 25 - 26). They might not be welcome, though.

Google's Sundar Pichai said the following in his Google+ post:
Also, quick note for those who want to join in person: this year we’re making some changes to registration, so you won’t need to scramble the second registration opens. We'll be implementing a new system, where you can submit your interest to attend Google I/O 2014. Successful applicants will then be randomly selected and notified shortly thereafter.
Don't start looking for the registration server just yet. Pichai added that more information will come in March, including registration info.

Google I/O will be held June 25 - 26 at Moscone West in San Francisco, Calif. The dates place the conference post-WWDC, where Apple will likely discuss iOS 8 and perhaps a new iPhone. Google I/O, though, is famous for introducing new major versions of Android, as well as handing out free hardware to attendees.

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