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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Google I/O 2014 Registration (Google+, Google Wallet required)

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

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

    Good luck, everyone!

  • Doga.Ozkaraca

    isn't it too expensive?

    • wasd

      You get free shit everyday (resell on ebay for $$$)

      • awsd

        every year*

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      "Too" expensive is relative. The registration fee is $900, but as wasd said, they traditionally offset that with giveaways for attendees. I think the purpose of the giveaways is generally to get people to develop for the new hardware, but at any rate it helps offset the cost.

    • http://www.exabit.tk/ Thomas Miller

      What everyone else said: you get free stuff (last year everyone got a Chromebook pixel that cost more than $900)

      And, also, Apple's developer conference, WWDC, costs $1599. Not to mention Microsoft's conference, /Build/, that costs $2199. This is actually a really competitive price in terms of dev conference tickets.

    • yankeesusa

      Not really. If your a student its like getting an annual pass to a theme park. All others can count this on taxes if it is part of their business. Many businesses spend over $900 several times a year in marketing.

    • Kirk Hilles

      Don't forget that you'll need airfare to SF (which can be expensive) and the hotel rooms cost $250 or so per night, plus dinner and other costs, so $900 is only a small part of the total cost.

  • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

    THEE StarLord? Oh my

  • Ttoti

    If you just want free stuff, please don't sign up! This is a conference for developers to learn!!! On that note, good luck everyone

    • Jake Williams

      Free stuff from an event that you pay to go to? A conference for developers to learn? Then why do they allow non developers oh Mr. Google?

      • say

        developers want free stuff too. :trollface:

    • BigTimmay

      Honestly asking here. Do you think someone is going to come here, read your comment, and be like "oh ya i shouldn't sign up because of this comment"?

      I agree with you 100%, but I don't see it making a difference on the people who actually attend thinking they will get free stuff.

    • yankeesusa

      I understand what your saying but if your a tech person that would love to be here i don't see that as a problem. Otherwise google would have found a way to make a restriction to allow only developers.

  • Mike Evans

    Ugh. Please don't sign up if you're not a developer. You'll only be taking a spot from someone who can get valuable information and face time with Google.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Sigh, can we get a time machine so we could skip these 2 months and get straight to the I/O?

  • John Smith

    What struck me is the amount of information they want... if it's so random, why bother with the background info (i.e. company name, what apps we have in the play store, etc.) ?

    • Brayden Reesor

      Well it's only random from the "selected" applications. Chances are, they're allotting a certain % of "selected" applications to people representing companies or with applications on the market.. That'd be my guess anyway. That way they can ensure a certain % of the crowd are actually developers.

  • Brayden Reesor

    Convinced my work to foot the bill! All signed up, now to wait and see...

  • Eason

    I cannot complete the payment when I press the "buy with Google" button, is this normal?
    I can buy stuffs in Google Play with the same google wallet account.

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