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Well, it's that time of year again, folks: Google has just announced the official registration date for the 2013 I/O conference, and it looks like you better be on the ready bright an early at 7AM PT on Wednesday, March 13th. Like last year, the tickets will go for $900 for general attendees and $300 for academic. Of course, a Google Wallet account is required to pay, and a Google+ account is also requisite.

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It looks like the company is shooting for May 15-17 this year, so mark you calendars. Oh, and if you plan on trying to get a ticket – you better be ready, because they usually sell out in minutes.

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Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • TylerChappell

    I forgot to wake up early last year. Not this time El Goog, Not this time.

  • onpoint G

    Who wants to spot me the cash I'll take pictures for yall :)

  • madmike318

    Moto X-Phone!

  • Floris

    Looks like they're really pushing forward on design this year, even this I/O invitation looks great. I guess Android is moving towards the style of recent Google iOS apps, like an evolution of holo.

    • Ivan Myring

      What do you mean Google iOS

      • http://blog.ravrahn.net/ Owen Cassidy

        Apps for iOS that were made by Google.

      • ProductFRED

        Google Maps on iOS, for example, looks better than it does on Android.

        • enoch861

          Sad but true. Google Maps on iOS is beautiful.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

        Google now own iOS, I guess. XD

        Seriously Google should buy Apple!

  • FarmerTechno

    So I'm not a developer, but I want cool shit for free. I can go, right?

    • cy_n_ic

      $900 isnt very free but yes if you meet the requirements posted

    • GazaIan

      Technically you're paying $900 dollars for the shit, thus no longer making it free.

    • Bill

      It's because of people like you that actual developers who would like to go to learn something don't get the chance. Do us all a favor and stay home.

      • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

        In a way, I almost want Google to stop giving away stuff because it encourages people to invade the conference to get "the latest thing" when they have no interest in development. It blocks real developers from getting in and (in that super hyperbolic way) hurts the quality of apps coming out for Android. It would be great if developers weren't fighting with non-devs to get in.

        • John O’Connor

          While I believe there should be some limit to general population attendees Google could differentiate by giving away a reference device for the developers separate from what they give all attendees. There may very well be budding developers/programmers in the general population who may be sitting on the next big idea and such a conference can be a catalyst for their foray into the field or least into Android development.

          It would make sense to have a confirmed developer pre registration prior to general sale. I myself have not yet began programming with Android specific SDK's but it is something I have a genuine interest in. The giveaways are an added bonus of course. I honestly don't believe the uninterested will pay the $900 dollars if they are not going to participate in any of the important aspects of the conference. That would be just silly, like flying to Tahiti to walk around a costco that is having a grand opening for authentic tahitian food samples. Probably a bad analogy, but I dont believe Google's aim is for exclusion of potential. Not many , if any, companies strive for pie in the sky ideas and innovation near regardless of cost to the bottom line.

          Every success story of much merit is generally preceded by many failures.

          • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

            You've obviously missed the news. Last year there was going to be a test for all attendees that was intended to keep out non-devs, but it never happened for some reason. At least, I never heard a stated reason. The reason Google gave for the test was that there were several people attending I/O the previous year who went to watch the keynote (if they even got into the room), picked up their gadgets, and never came back. One of the Googlers even described a group of 4 or 5 guys he ran into at a bar after the first day finished. He struck up a conversation with them because two of the guys were playing with the Galaxy Tab 10.1. None of them were developers, but they had all grabbed tickets right away.

            The ticket prices have never been far from that of the gadgets they've given out and there are a ton of looky-loos and fan boys that are super excited to just see the keynote in person. To them, it's like going to the Super Bowl. Thanks to last year's stunts during the two-day keynote and the gadgets pricing out to slightly more than the ticket price, I honestly expect this year to be worse.

  • Zoosh

    I'm wondering what exactly you need at registration to get the academic pricing.

    • http://www.ninetwozero.com Karl Lindmark

      Same here!

    • Kcls

      Same! That would make this SO much more enticing for me.

    • http://halljake.com Jake Hall

      Pretty sure you can just buy the ticket with academic pricing but you need a valid student ID at the door. This is from the help section of last year's I/O

      "We do offer a limited number of tickets at a discounted rate of $300 for Academia (students, professors, faculty/staff). We will require a current school ID or other proof that you’re qualified to receive this special rate when you check in at the conference. Without qualifying proof, you won’t be admitted to the conference and no refund will be issued. Tickets purchased at regular price cannot later be converted to academic price."

      • Zoosh

        Awesome, thanks.

        • http://halljake.com Jake Hall

          No problem!

      • Scott Standish-Parkin

        Would this include those who work for public schools?

  • ghes

    Where is it?

  • Itaré Victor Galvêas Garrute

    Android 5! KLP

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=867995173 Eduardo Pimentel

    Android Key Lime Pie maybe?

    • paxmos

      I think that is real taste of goo gel...sour

      • Ivan Myring

        Kill yourself.

        • paxmos

          ok

        • paxmos mum

          Ivan, you bastard, I hold you responsible for paxmos' suicide.

          • Ivan Myring

            Good. Now join your son. Bitch.

  • John O’Connor

    Exercise your fingers for the F5ing!

    • paxmos

      is that the Freak finger???

  • RitishOemraw

    Anyone wanna guess how many minutes it will take for it to be sold out?

    • Joe Dahle

      43 minutes

      • RitishOemraw

        Nice, I'll try to keep this in mind when the exact amount is posted.....Any more people willing to stake their guessing honor in the guessing game of the year!!!??? (at least untill may...I GUESS <-- *hint*hint*See that there.....that's what you ought to do)

      • RitishOemraw

        Close, but not close enough

    • Mike Reid

      0.05

      • RitishOemraw

        No you are doing it all wrong...you got to compensate for the likeliness that the server hosting the sign-up website won't be able to take the load and people get frustrated and some people arriving later might still get a ticket before earlier people.....at least...that would be my advice.

      • RitishOemraw

        See, I told ya so!

  • paxmos

    I would not pay 9 cents to attend the Goo gel i/o...what a rip off!!!!...

    • Zoosh

      Fine. Better for the rest of us that do want to go.

      • paxmos

        Go right ahead........You have the right to waste your money

        • TylerChappell

          You won't be missed.

          • paxmos

            I love you too...

          • TylerChappell

            I'm single, shall we go on a date?

          • paxmos

            You can suck my dxxx

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      Why are you even reading about this if you clearly aren't interested?

      • John O’Connor

        He has to meet his mandatory troll quota, we are getting to the end of a short month. ;-)

        Now I will be keeping my fingers crossed that I will be able to get a ticket this year and not refresh until sellout.

        • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

          I'm with you, I'm really hoping to get in. I've been dying to go and this year is the perfect time to start. I wish they could open up capacity for more people.

          Seriously though, the trolls have been really thick this month...

        • paxmos

          No trolling here buster. I am an android user, but a bit frustrated with goo gel

          • SAI

            For the love of god, just say Google. wtf is goo gel? Gel is not pronounced the same way as the "gle" in Google. Gel is that jelly like substance so when you say goo gel, it has a completely different connotation.

          • paxmos

            You are absolutely right. Google it is.

      • paxmos

        Just because I don't agree with this, does not mean that I don't have the freedom to read and comment on an article.

        • LiamBryant

          Yes everybody has the freedom to comment on an article, but not all people should...

          • paxmos

            Including you...

          • LiamBryant

            Good one.

    • GazaIan

      So, a developer intended conference at a high maintenance facility where you're merely guaranteed one or more free products is a rip off? The prices of ANY developer conference is high, and you usually don't get as much out of them than you do with I/O. Not only that, but this conference lasts three days, you get to learn a bunch of things you can use in the development of new applications, and you're given devices that can be used as either dev devices or just take it as a gift. You get the biggest bang for your buck with Google I/O, damn nearly making it a bargain if you ask me.

      Last year, attendees were given a Nexus 7, a Nexus Q, and a Galaxy Nexus. At the least, that's $800 at Google's msrp. Extreme bargain.

      • paxmos

        I thank you for a civilized response to my comment, not like a few others gone on a rampage almost immediately trying to silence me just because they don't agree with me. All I said was that I would not pay 9 cents, that is my opinion and look at the responses....Thanks again

  • heat361

    Too bad its going to sell out in 5 seconds :(

  • Khanh

    Will attendees get the new Chrome Pixel!? totally worth it! or X phone..

    • John O’Connor

      probably a no on the pixel.. but I am sure we will see some goodies

  • shadowx360

    There is a typo in the image. "Registration opens *and closes* at 7:00 AM PDT (GMT-7)"

  • shadowx360

    There is a typo in the image. It should say "Registration opens *and closes* on March 13, 2013 at 7:00 AM PDT (GMT-7)"

  • Scott Standish-Parkin

    In regard to the academic pricing, would this include staff who work for public schools?

  • enoch861

    I just wish that $300 included a flight ticket.

    • challenge_accepted

      Is this in cali or new York?

      • enoch861

        No clue. Probably California.

        • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

          For the last few years, Google I/O has been held in San Francisco, California at the west hall of the Moscone Event Center. Apple also holds their WWDC conference in the same location. I doubt there will be any changes this year for either conference.

          • enoch861

            Thanks for the clarification

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000779020091 Dushyant Chogle

    I would love come, but additional traveling charges from India across pacific are ridicules .
    :(