Google has opened the registration for tickets to I/O 2019, taking place this coming May. If you are a developer or a student that is looking to attend the company's annual developer conference, you're going to want to register by February 27. This gives you a little less than a week to get your registration in.
Since Google I/O tickets are very hard to come by, even after Google moved to the Shoreline Amphitheater to allow for more people to attend, it decided to do a lottery-type system for tickets. Everyone needs to register their interest for attending Google I/O before the February 27 at 5PM PST deadline. Afterwards, Google will randomly draw winners to attend its developer conference. This is slightly better than in years past where you had to continue to refresh the page and hope your order went through. Seeing as tickets would sell out in mere seconds.
Google I/O tickets this year are going to be $1150 for developers and $375 for students. For students, you will need to prove that you are a student to get in at that price. This is up from the $1000 and $300 prices that were standard for many years, before moving the conference to Mountain View.
This year, Google I/O will be taking place from May 7 to the 9, at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View. Where Google has held I/O for the last three years. This is a concert venue, so you are going to be outside all day, for three days. It also allows Google to have a lot more space for showing off its products and for different sessions.
Google I/O is the company's big developer conference. It's not really a consumer-facing conference, this is where Google will talk about software that it is working on, and will release later in the year. Typically, Google will release the second developer preview of the next version of Android. It also updates us on what they are working on with the Google Assistant, Google Home and just about any other platform that it has under its umbrella.
The keynote is generally the first day, and it runs about two to three hours. That keynote is actually the most consumer-friendly part of the conference. Seeing as there is a developer keynote after lunch on that day, where Google will really get into the coding aspects of what they are looking to do. Google will also hold keynotes for its other platforms throughout the week, including one for VR and AR generally. Now, Google has not released the schedule for this year's I/O just yet, but it usually runs about the same every year.
Google I/O is a pretty big event for Google fans, but in recent years, it's been more geared towards developers, with its fall hardware event being more focused on consumers. This is a good thing actually, since Google I/O is indeed a developer's conference, so it makes sense. But it still gives us a peak into what Google is working on and what to expect from Google and Android Q later on in the year.