The Google I/O 2014 page is now live and, with it, comes new information on the registration process for this year’s conference. As Android Central points out – this year you won’t have to worry about missing out on trying to buy a ticket but you will have to worry about getting selected to attend. That’s because Google is going to randomly select the developers who can attend the event, provided that they registered to do so somewhere between April 8 and April 10.
There are two ways to look at this. First, it sort of evens the playing field for folks who otherwise can’t jump on their computer to try to register in a matter of minutes. Second, it’s probably super annoying for anyone who desperately needs to attend the show. Also, you won’t know if you’re picked until Google tells you so, sometime after April 10. “Qualified registration applicants will be selected at random for ticket assignments,” Google explains on its I/O site. “The order in which registration applications are received has no bearing on the final outcome.”
Registration begins at 5:00 a.m. Pacific on April 8 and runs through 5:00 p.m. Pacific on April 10. When you go to order, you’ll do so with Google Wallet – but your card won’t be charged until Google actually approves that you’e made the cut. Also, tickets are only available for the people who register, so you can’t turn around and pass it off to a colleague or sell it to someone else.
General admission tickets cost $900, while academic tickets are priced at a third of the price: $300. The events kick off on June 25 and run through June 26 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Developers out there, let us know what you think about this change. Is it more fair than ever? Or super annoying?