21
Apr
charlie

If you entered Google's new lottery system for I/O 2014, go check your email account. Odds are pretty good that you've got an email, or that you will receive one shortly. Several Google+ users are showing off their fancy invitations. Those who have "won" the right to purchase their $900 tickets have already been charged via their Google Wallet accounts.

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Source: Bao-Long Nguyen-Trong, Google+

And if you didn't get in? Well, Google will let you know that, too. The process is entirely random - even Android Police's own Liam Spradlin (who's a technology journalist and an actual factual visual designer to boot) drew a short straw.

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Take heart, losers - and we mean that in the nicest way possible. Everything from Google I/O is uploaded to YouTube pretty quickly for the benefit of Android and Chrome developers, and there will be plenty of news coverage during the event itself, including right here on Android Police. And besides, you didn't need any cool new hardware anyway, right?

If you didn't get in, you might be able to snag one of the elusive "golden ticket" codes hidden around Google's web properties, and there might be more invitations sent out as some of the attendees cancel their reservations. Google I/O 2014 takes place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco on June 25 and 26th.

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.

  • James Jun

    My heart and soul cries. It's only my second year I've anticipated it, but still. The rejections hurts D:

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    :/

    • Aooga

      This was surprisingly accurate.

      • Matthew DiGiacomo

        Oh well hello there lol

        • Aooga

          Yeah I'm addicted to android news sites.

          • Matthew DiGiacomo

            Are you me?

          • Aooga

            lol. I'm addicted to pretty much anything that has a circuit in it, and the websites that talk about things that have circuits in it.

  • Chris Seward

    any word on whether academic tickets have been chosen as well? Haven't received anything either way.

    • Aooga

      Yeah they have. I got rejected.

      • Aleksey_US

        I got rejected too :( even though my company sent me to /build in SF a few weeks back I would have paid my own way this time... $300 student ticket was a bargain as well... guess I'll have to purchase my own glass/moto watch...

      • BillyGates

        I/O..I/O.. and of to it you don't go..boo..hoo..hoo..hoo..boo...hoo..hoo..hoo..I/O..I/O

    • Cael

      I was denied T_T

      • Aooga

        But you got a Moto X! Thats almost as good as going to IO...maybe...probably not...yeah no.

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

      I saw an accepted $300 charge on G+ somewhere, so I'm guessing yes.

    • Jun Kyoung

      I was able to get one! If anyone was interested in knowing, I didn't include that I had any experience with app development, etc. but I was still able to procure a ticket (perhaps this proves that the process was randomized?).

      I got the following email at 2:22pm PST and I got the charge confirmation at 10:44am PST.

      • Aooga

        I guess it was random. Have fun in IO!

  • Guest

    Nope..

  • SVem26
  • Shamu

    *Cries on Android plushy

  • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

    Why Google

  • Aooga

    Why do they ask if you have any apps on the play store if it really is random? Oh, and I got rejected.

    • Thaddeus Dannar

      If you are selected, it makes it easier for them to point you at the right types of sessions, hands on coding, and developer office hours. I don't think it made a difference in the selection process, I'm a developer and I was not selected either.

      • Aooga

        You might be right.

    • jordanjay29

      HOPEFULLY it's just for demographics purposes.

  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    Is anybody from the AP team going? =)

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

      I am.

      • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

        Nice! =D Congrats, hope you get some nice hardware there :)

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        You better make sure you give us full coverage...

      • Chainfire XDA

        Beers at the W again? :)

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

          Sounds like a plan.

  • Jonathan Ly

    How many people here ACTUALLY want to go to learn about and discuss the future of android as an actual developer, and how many people just want tickets to get free shit?

    Yeah its nice to get a free Chromebook Pixel or a suite of Nexus devices, but seriously, come on, its not the end of the world and realistically speaking -

    Cost of Ticket
    Cost of Hotel room
    Cost of food
    Potential air fare

    Assuming you're able to go while you have vacation days and there's no loss of wages, those combined costs will probably be pretty high, unless you already live in the Bay Area or Bay Area adjacent.

    • Aooga

      I do. :)

      • Jonathan Ly

        I very much hope you got in then! :D

        • Aooga

          Sadly, no. I will watch it live online though. I hope I get in before I can't use my academic discount anymore :)

          • Jonathan Ly

            Man I honestly don't think its worth it. Since I/O 2011 and they gave out the android-branded Galaxy Tab 10.1, the prices have gotten out of control.

            Obviously since you're going to learn that would be great, maybe try to see if your school can help you out? Talk to your CS department on somewhere, professor has to have grant money lying around that you can use and actually be able to report back to them.

          • Aooga

            No, I can afford it, it's just that I didn't get in (haven't for the past 3 years now lol). It's not a huge deal, but it would be nice to actually talk to some people there and learn from people that have a LOT more knowledge than me. Thats why I said I wish Google had a "conference" that was just a place where developers can meet other developers. I know there are conferences like that and I've been to them, but I wish there was a purely android focused one. Google IO is really a great conference that Google put together, but they're seriously defeating the purpose by giving away free stuff. Honestly, you don't need ANY of that to develop on Android. There are tons of virtual devices/emulators that now work just as well as phones, and sometimes even have more features. Well...got that out :)

    • Ivan Yudhi

      Good thing none of those apply to me (I live in the area).. Well except food. I need food.

    • jordanjay29

      I do. I'm a CS student in my senior year, this would have been a great opportunity to network and get a chance to see some of the things Google is working on. Sure, the free shit is a bonus, and it's very costly, but it would have been worth it. Too bad they didn't pick me.

    • me

      You're actually paying for that "free shit" with the near $1k ticket price.

      • Jonathan Ly

        Exactly. Only academia tickets get the best bang for buck.

  • David Margolin

    screw the lottery... they should just give out tickets to every ap reader and writer.... would make for the most #holoyolo crowd ever...

  • Aaron Huffman

    The poll still isn't working, guys.

  • Andrew

    No go for me :(

  • Alex Vainshtein

    As i predicted, no luck for me :(
    Bring back the old registration system!!!

  • Ali

    I got denied as well. If anyone has a code please leave me a message

  • Nick Cannon

    We're all winners

    • Richard

      You sure? I dont see it mentioned anywhere in the emails that the people who didn't win would be getting numerous google devices that are worth more than the ticket itself

      • Nick Cannon

        Updated hardware and software is a win for everyone

  • Nick

    The only developer conference where no one attending is an actual developer.

  • descendency

    I wish I could go but A, I wasn't invited and B, my work wouldn't let me even if I were.

  • Brayden Reesor

    Denied :(