Hidden Goo.gl Links Offer Up The Chance To Buy Google I/O Tickets

Tomorrow is the last day to submit your registry for the Google I/O 2014 lottery, which is the first time Google has decided to actually hold submissions to attend the developers conference instead of just letting anyone go and buy up the tickets. The lottery doesn't guarantee you a spot, but rather puts you in a pool of applicants who are also interested in going to this massive event held every year by the worlds largest Search company. The funny people that Google are though, have decided to offer up tickets in another way, by hiding them through out the Google Developers website in various spots which if found, will actually guarantee you the opportunity to buy a ticket. The cost of the tickets is still $900 as one would expect, but if someone were to end up finding one, than they wouldn't have to end up worrying about the lottery.

The hunt for the tickets basically comes down to stumbling upon found goo.gl links that were spread across the Google Developers website. They are supposedly hidden everywhere, and if you find one and click on it you're seemingly taken to a quirky little webpage that has you play out a sort of funny little text based game, which eventually leads you to finding out if the code was valid or not. It's a hilarious little way to give out some stuff like the guarantee of entry to an event, and the way it was done is all Google. We'd expect nothing less.

Plenty of codes have already reportedly been redeemed, but we're also told that Google is constantly adding these all the time, although with the amount that has already been found it might be a bit harder to track them down. The goo.gl links are hidden everywhere from text, source code, Google Dev YouTube videos you name it. If it has to do with the Google Developers site, there's a chance that there might be a hidden goo.gl link. This is certainly a little bit of an odd way to guarantee at least some people a spot at I/O, but as odd as it is whoever ended up finding unused codes is probably more than excited. If you're particularly adventurous, feel free to hunt for one yourself.

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