Google IO

Registration for this year's Google IO developer conference in San Francisco will begin at 7 a.m. PDT March 27. And you'd better set your alarm -- the 2011 conference sold out in less than an hour. Here's the pricing breakdown:

  • General attendee: $900 -- up significantly from 2011.
  • Academia (student, faculty): $300

Google's got a few rules to follow, too -- only one ticket can be purchased per person, and it's up to Google to approve any ticket transfers. You'll also need access to Google+ and Google Wallet to register.

It's worth a reminder that you'll undoubtedly be hearing about the hardware Google likes to give away at its developer conferences -- last year it was a Samsung Verizon LTE Mifi and a special-edition Galaxy Tab 10.1 -- but graft is the absolutely wrong reason to go to IO. The giant wall of candy and robots and the big official party and the hours and hours of information from the people that make all this happen? Now that's the reason to go.

The 2012 Google IO conference has expanded to three days and runs from June 27-29 at Moscone West in SOMA. And you can bet your bippy we'll be there for the whole thing.

Be sure to check out our complete coverage of Google IO 2011 for a taste of what we might see this year.

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Google IO 2012 registration to start March 27


Man those are some steep prices... good thing I'm a student! $300.00 + plane ticket + hotel = Credit Card time. Does anyone know how they check student status? Do they ask for your student email or ID or what? I just want to be as prepared as possible.

Is it an event an average person can go and enjoy? I would like to go but not if the atmosphere will be...unfriendly. "herp derp you're not a developer you don't belong here" etc

If you are not a developer, please do not attend. Your taking a space away for a developer (like me) to attend. We use this conference to learn about new features of Android, programming tips, and most of all networking with other developers for future knowledge.

If you want kick ass apps developed, please leave the developers conference for developers.

Here's a slightly more friendly answer.

Yeah, there's a lot there for non-developers between the demonstrations and the developer sandbox. I'm not a coder, and everybody's friendly enough. I get a little lost in some of the developer sessions, but that's what I've got Jerry for (among other things) -- translation. :)

That said, I would urge you to consider whether you could learn just as much via the live streams. It certainly is cheaper, and Dist is correct in that it really is a developer event and not a public event.

Thanks for the replies, this is what I kind of expected and thought I'd ask anyway, appreciate the responses! I figured it was a public event... *sigh* we need more of those, I met you at the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 event in NYC, you're alright Phil!

But what people don't realise is a non developer could go to this and it could be the inspiration for them to learn, innovate and become a developer, so if you have the money; it's not like it's illegal to go to it being a non-developer. My mate studying computer sciences said he'll take me one year out of Uni and we could both learn more about the behind the scenes stuff and he could enhance his Android ideas/skills/direction. Coming from the UK we'd make it a several week visit though and go to Cedar Point and several other places in the US including a nice few days visit around San Francisco, whoops off topic, anyway, summary, if you got the buck why not but if it's just to get "free stuff" then leave your potential ticket to a developer that would get more from it.

Sorry I get a bit worked up over things like that. I saw too many people there last year that were there only for the party and swag...

*sighs...* i love android... wish i could learn how to program with it. lol. i wanna be able to build my own version of 4.0 from the source code, but sadly, all i can do is work out how to root stuff... i found my own exploit that should work on ALL phones that have a version of CWM on them, and i managed to root 2.3.6 without any traces besides the su file, so... yeah... ive been rooting for about a week. lol. i just wish i could code......... eh...

Its really not that difficult once you learn and practice. THe hard part is actually picking up a programming book and finding time to read it.

So I just spoke to my boss about going and he is discussing it with his co-boss. Being the sole Android (and Web) developer in a small-ish company has its perks :)

I do hope I get the green light! Maybe I'll even get to meet other Android Central members!

I'm hoping the price is expensive enough for the average person to realize that they can't make money by attending the conference and selling the goodies that tend to be given out. $900 will buy you a tablet and a phone of your choice without the need to go to the conference. I'm sure a lot of people bought tickets in the past with the only goal being to sell the giveaway for a profit.

Looks like they are restricting the number of student tickets too. I don't know if they did that in the past, but I'm hoping to not get booted out of going just because 40,000 people are trying to get the next free tablet that will now cost them $900.