Google I/O 2011If you weren't lucky enough (and able to survive the server crush) to register for Google I/O 2011 before all the tickets sold out, Google VP of engineering Vic Gundotra has announced that Google will be handing out 100 free tickets to winners of a mini-developers challenge.  The contest starts March 16, spans 10 days, and 10 winners will be selected each day.  Sure sounds better than eBay auctions.  Here aer the gritty details:

"We will announce a new challenge on the contest site on select dates at either 9am or 4pm PDT, that will last for 24 hours each. There will be 10 days of challenges with 10 winners on each day, spanning the following developer products:
  • March 16 - Android, 9:00 am
  • March 17 - Chrome, 9:00 am
  • March 18 - App Engine, 9:00 am
  • March 21 - YouTube APIs, 9:00 am
  • March 22 - Game Developers, 9:00 am
  • March 23 - Google Maps / Geo, 4:00 pm
  • March 24 - Commerce, 9:00 am
  • March 25 - Developer Tools / GWT, 9:00 am
  • March 28 - Accessibility, 4:00 pm
  • March 29 - Google Apps / Enterprise, 4:00 pm
Each of the challenges will focus on one of our developer products and has two rounds. Plan to be in front of your computers for the first half-hour that the challenge starts to complete a series of questions for Round I, which will qualify you for the main coding challenge in Round II. You will have a little over 20hrs to complete Round II. "
The contest is valid to residents of all 50 United States, and the District of Columbia.  Winners will be announced April 4.  Check the source link for more information and links. [Google Code blog]