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Google's upcoming I/O conference generated quite a bit of commotion earlier this month when all of the tickets offered to the public sold out within 59 minutes in a messy mash-F5-to-get-through-the-crashing-servers rampage. In fact, it got so ridiculous that at first Android Police ended up with no tickets of our own either (don't worry though, I will still be there to provide coverage).

Considering most of the public attention at the conference will be concentrated around Android, it is pretty incredible just how popular it became since last year, when tickets were available for 50 days after going on sale. Whether this year's attendees are after an inevitable prize that historically comes with each ticket (a free phone 2 years ago and 2 free phones a year ago) or are really interested in Google's technologies is unclear, but what is clear is the desperation around making it to the event.

Now, some bad news for those who couldn't get in on the day of the sale: taking a quick look at eBay's completed auctions, we found this today:

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As you can see, the tickets that did go on sale went for as high as $2,025 and as low as $1,100 (the one that didn't sell was pulled prematurely). That's a whole lot of cash for a [transferable] $450 general and $150 academia/student entry.

The few tickets that are still available for sale seem to be just in high of a demand as the ones that have been already sold:

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To say that your chances of getting through if you haven't already are looking to be pretty slim would be an understatement.

I have no good way of concluding this post, so I'll just say this: for those who are not making it, Google will be broadcasting both days' keynotes live. Videos of the sessions should also be available shortly after the conference.

And finally, here's to hoping that next year, Google will replace the wimpy Coldfusion-based ordering system in favor of something powered by their own technologies, like the App Engine, so that those of us who are there from the first minute to claim the ticket actually get it. How about that, Google?

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • Neil

    So, how much are you (Android Police) selling your tickets for?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      One hundred million yen?

  • http://iandouglas.com Ian Douglas

    Saying "all of the tickets sold out within 59 minutes" is inaccurate, because they started selling seats a week early to people who had attended IO in the past. In essence, it sold out in 7 days (and 59 minutes).

    The *remaining* tickets sold out in 59 minutes, but no word from Google how many tickets that actually was.

    • http://iandouglas.com Ian Douglas

      Still, I hope Google cracks down on the scalpers, 'cause anything more than face value is just stupid. Yeah, supply and demand, etc., but why pay $500 for an "academia" ticket (from the screenshot) when it cost the person $150. And Google's gonna want valid student ID when you get there anyway...

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Right, I meant all of the tickets that went up when the public reg was opened up. It should have been about 4000, considering the total should be 5500, and the early reg was 1500.

    • http://www.siriusapplications.com/ Isaac Waller

      I never got an early access and I attended I/O 2010; was I missing something? (I still got tickets for this year, but during the public registration...)

  • String

    And how many of the tickets to this *developer conference* went to members of the press, do you think? Given every tech blog under the sun seems to have scored one or more tickets, that's quite a few devs who won't be getting the benefit of an event meant for them.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      You'd be surprised, actually. Google didn't grant us any - I bought a ticket at full price.