Alright, Android developers and general enthusiasts: the floodgates are open. Google is now accepting registrations for Google I/O 2014, which takes place at the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco on June 25th and 26th. If you've got a spare nine hundred bucks and the means to get there, you can submit your details and hope for a spot.
Things are a bit different this year. Instead of a mad dash for a limited number of tickets, not to mention no small amount of confusion and frustration as Google's registration buckles under the pressure, attendance will be under a general lotto system. Submit your information any time between today and Friday (April 18th) and Google will randomly select among "qualified applicants." The process is truly random, and those who register this morning will have no better chance of being selected than those who squeak in late Friday night. This isn't a contest or a sweepstakes - even if you "win" a spot, you'll still have to pay for a ticket. Google Wallet accounts will be charged the moment you're selected, so make sure you've got the dough on the 18th. Tickets are non-transferrable once issued.
Students and faculty at an accredited high school or college (or those who graduated in 2014 prior to Google I/O) can get in for the discounted price of $300, but in addition to the standard ID required at the Google I/O check-in, you'll have to provide a school ID or transcript. If you don't, you won't be allowed in, and no refund will be given. General refunds for tickets will be available up until June 1st. Attendees must be at least 15 years old, and those who are under 18 will need a signed parental consent form or a parent or guardian present at check-in.
Good luck, prospective I/O attendees. If you can't make it to the event for schedule or budget reasons, Google will be providing plenty of live stream and recorded video, and of course, we'll be covering all the Android and Chrome-related news to come out of Moscone. You can kill time waiting for the lottery to end by checking out all the geeky goodness from the I/O site itself. Here's the FAQ if you've got any other questions.