Every year, the Google faithful from around the world gather in San Francisco to hear what’s next for everybody’s favorite monolithic tech giant at Google I/O. To get in, you need to buy a ticket, but said tickets usually sell out within minutes. Google will be changing that this year.
Sundar Pichai took to Google Plus on Wednesday to announce that Google I/O would be returning to the Moscone Center on June 25. The event will run until the next day and will once again be live streamed all around the world to individuals and Google I/O Extended community events.
Interestingly enough, Google will be doing away with its first come first serve ticket sales system this year. In previous years, Google has had to put up with complaints from developers who encountered errors and problems that prevented them from obtaining tickets despite them being on the Web site as soon as it opened. Google has also had to contend with scalpers that buy tickets in bulk and sell them back to developers at double or triple the original cost.
To prevent all that from happening this year, Google will be implementing the only fair solution – a lottery system. Here’s how it will go down:
…this year we’re making some changes to registration, so you won’t need to scramble the second registration opens. We’ll be implementing a new system, where you can submit your interest to attend Google I/O 2014. Successful applicants will then be randomly selected and notified shortly thereafter.
Pichai says that Google will begin sharing more details on Google I/O 2014 next month. In the meantime, you might want to check out previous coverage from Google I/O 2013 to relive all the magical moments from last year’s developer conference.
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