The Google I/O conference, “I” standing for input and the “O” standing for output, has been happening annually since 2008. This year it is being held in San Francisco at the Moscone Center located at 800 Howard Street. In Google’s own words the event is “an annual developer conference featuring highly technical, in-depth sessions, and showcasing the latest from Google’s product teams and partners. The event is open to people 16 years old and over. The 5,500 Google I/O attendees are primarily web, mobile, and enterprise developers building applications in the cloud with Google and open web technologies. Products and technologies featured at Google I/O include Android, Google+, Google Chrome, Google Glass, Google Apps, App Engine and other Google Cloud Platform products, Maps, Commerce, Google TV, and more.”
This conference is geared towards serious developers and enthusiasts alike, and with the cost of tickets for general admission being $900.00, and for students $300.00, it weeds out people who might not be serious about being there. The cost is well worth it, however. Some highlights for people attending this event include getting first looks at the latest platform innovations at Google, picking and attending from over 110 in depth developer and technology talks with world-class keynote speakers, code labs enabling anyone attending to get a chance to work with and be surrounded by some of the best coders in the world, special women’s technology workshops and talks specifically for female developers, a developers sandbox featuring demos and Q and A sessions from over 100 of the worlds top leading technology developers, and people typically get brand new gear from Google that is not available on the market to the general public at the time of the conference. At the end of each day of the conference there will be some of the most awe-inspiring and cutting edge visual and live musical performances ever showcased.
The I/O conference is one of the largest and most influential events of its kind. Unfortunately tickets to the Google I/O conference sold out in a little under an hour after they went on sale, but the top keynote speaker sessions and talks will be widely available to everyone on cell phones, tablets, and computers during and after the conference itself.