IO 2012

​Update 2: And general attendee tickets are gone, too. Registration was open for just 28 minutes, meaning tickets sold out more than twice as quickly as last year. Congrats to those who managed to score one!

​Update: Twenty minutes in, and academic tickets already appear to be sold out.

Original story: Grab your credit card and your Google account and head to, because registration for the Google IO 2012 developer conference is now open! Last year's conference sold out in under an hour, so you'll want to hurry to get your ticket, if you're interested in seeing the latest and greatest from Google and its partners this Summer.

Last year we got our first look at the revamped Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Google's "Chromebook" laptops, as well as the first hints about the direction of Ice Cream Sandwich. This year we're expecting more tablet and smartphone goodness, along with more on Google's entertainment services, including Google TV and Google Play.

This year's IO has been extended from two to three days, and runs from June 27-29 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Tickets will cost $900 for general attendees, or $300 for academics, double last year's prices. We'll be there, of course, so keep watching our IO landing page for more news as the event approaches.

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Google IO 2012 tickets sell out in 28 minutes


so I hit register exactly at 7am pst and it still came up with no available tickets, how is that possible??!

I hit the registration link at exactly 7am as well, and kept trying again when I received the no ticket message until the link was deactivated when all tickets were sold out app 28 minutes later. I was disappointed since I was all signed in, and started the process as soon as the link became live. I did not care how long I had to wait while the system searched since I thought I would get a ticket since the process was advertised as first-come, first-serve, not a random luck situation. I wanted to purchase the ticket as a birthday gift to myself for a milestone birthday, but at least many of the sessions will be streamed. Maybe I will have better luck next year for a milestone birthday + 1 gift to myself.

I couldn't get a ticket :( but my dad did. Funny thing: he clicked register a few minutes after I did. :'(

i dont get this at all.. perhaps its only letting so many through every little bit? why would it give you the option to try again otherwise?

LOL...academic tickets sold out in under 10min. Google really needs to raise the prices on those. Bet a lot of students are just going in for the free swag ;-)

I'm sitting here clicking multiple times for a General ticket (first few times said "no tickets availalbe" and I'm a developer :-P
This is crazy...hotel prices are twice as high as April because it's tourist season too...

I was kind of hoping they would implement a system somehow to make sure you have some kind of programming background.

All sold out...and looks like I don't get to visit San Fran this year. Sigh.
Just for that, I'm going to write an iphone app or better yet a Windows Phone app...that'll teach Google :-P

I too was getting the please wait while we check for tickets garbage. Then it would time out and say it couldn't find anything and to retry.

What a gong show.

Definitely was NOT first come first served. I bet google initiated some sort of screening process by looking over your google+ page and then selecting those they wanted to attend the conference.

If Google did initiate some sort of Google + check for ticket criteria, they should have been upfront about the check, and what they were looking for to avoid many wasting their time trying to register. Whether we agree with a filter criteria or not, it is certainly within Google's rights to implement some type of filtering process; however if they did, they certainly should have included the process on the registration page.

My student friend and I were together trying to get tickets and I got in while he was rejected. He didn't have a Google+ presence until the night before and I am connected to the Google Devs and Google I/O pages. Also, the ticket came through right when I right-clicked and opened the source code for the loading page. Probably coincidence, but I chuckled.

"In the past, scalpers have posted passes to Google I/O and Apple's WWDC on sites like eBay and Craigslist, looking for a major return on their investment. Last year, for instance, tickets to Apple's WWDC ranged from $2,125 to $4,599.

The same held true today: By 9:30 a.m. PT, one Google I/O ticket was being hawked on eBay for $2,700, or three times its face value."


This is seriously messed up. Google is supposed to restrict who can sell tickets to prevent crap like this. I hope they clamp down on these scalpers or cancel their tickets :-P

Sadly, there is little that Google can do about ticket scalping as California law defines scalping as the resale of tickets "at the venue for above face value". Since the users in question are selling nowhere near the Moscone Center, there is not a lot Google or the venue can do.

They sold out way faster than 28 minutes. No academia tickets message went up at about 5 minutes in and the no general tickets message went up about 15 minutes in. They were really sold out within 8 seconds though for academic tickets and a similar amount of time for general tickets. Basically everyone that got on right at 7am got a random chance of getting tickets and everyone else that got on after that was just plain out of luck.

I really hate people who's sole purpose was for scalping. But if people didn't buy into to I others wouldn't do it so often