Well today was the day for Google and Android fanboys (myself included). Today was the day that Google IO 2012 tickets went up for sale. What exactly is Google IO? Who gets to go? What is given away? We will discuss that below!
This morning, the morning of March 27th, 2012 at 7AM, Google opened registration for their annual developers conference: Google IO. The conference will be held in San Francisco at the Moscone West building on June 27th to the 29th. In previous years, IO was held in the middle of May but so many people wanted more time at the conference that Google added an extra day and a new date.
Another big difference this year is the price; student and teacher prices are $300 USD and general admittance is $900USD! Last year the prices were $150USD and $450USD respectively. So why the double in price? Well most believe it is to keep the average person from just going.
Each year Google gives every attendee a “swag bag.” This usually includes unreleased hardware with newly announced software. Last year everyone received a special edition Samsung Galaxy Tab and a chromebook. Knowing that attendees get their money back and more by just going to the show, everyone knew IO tickets would be hard to get.
Google IO 2009 sold out in 90 days, ’10 in 10 days, and ’11 in 59 minutes! We can only guess how fast tickets this year will sell out. So if you have not got your ticket by now, it is too late (unless you buy an overpriced ticket on Ebay). I was on the Google IO website for about a hour before registration opened just to make sure I was able to purchase my ticket. I am happy to say I was successful in getting myself a ticket and will be representing AndroidMeter at this years Google IO! Stay tuned for new from IO12 and everything that is announced/released there!
UPDATE: Google IO tickets sold out within 30 minutes!
Images from last years Google IO – ’11: https://picasaweb.google.com/112443892461436166386