Jan 25 AT 2:18 PM Taylor Wimberly 15 Comments

Countdown to Google I/O 2011 begins

Google just opened up their official site for Google I/O 2011, the largest developer conference for those working with Android and Google’s other platforms. Registration has yet to open, but make sure you bookmark the site and follow @GoogleIO if you plan on attending. This show always sells out fast, so don’t delay when registration finally begins.

The site already has a sessions track which hints at some of the topics which will be discussed. Romain Guy will be discussing the highlights of Honeycomb, Eric Chu will cover the improvements to the Android Market, and Jason Bayer will teach us how to build Android apps for Google TV.

Early bird pricing will start at $450 and bumps up to $550 on April 17. Students will be able to register for $150 and this year’s BootCamp will cost you $100.

We attended Google I/O the last two years and it is by far my favorite Android-related event. I’ve already heard that this year’s event will be special and you don’t want to miss it, but we have no idea what surprises Google has up their sleeve yet.

From Google: Google I/O brings together thousands of developers for two days of deep technical content, focused on building the next generation of web, mobile, and enterprise applications with Google and open web technologies such as Android, Google Chrome, Google APIs, Google Web Toolkit, App Engine, and more.

Source: Google I/O

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  • http://Website james

    Now th question is is it worth the $1800 flight from the uk?

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      If you are a serious Android developer, then I would say yes. Google always gives out the latest Android device, so you will come home with a new development kit to work with.

      • http://Website Rayhaan Merani

        I’m a huge Android fan and beginner developer. I am also in 9th grade, and can pay 150 as a student. What device does Google hand out this year? They hand a device for you to work with?

      • http://asurroca.com Alfonso Surroca

        I was wondering about that. When they give out devices, do they give them to *all* attendees? Because if you’re paying $450 a ticket and get a device that costs at least $500, aren’t your tickets effectively less than free (assuming you were planning on buying such a device and traveling to San Francisco or already live there) ? Sounds like a sweet deal to me.

    • http://Website Riper

      you must be able to find cheaper flights. I found ones for $800, from sweden!

  • http://www.lookkittens.co.uk mac

    $1800 for a flight! i paid £1400 with hotels and flying premium.

    you have to say a saturday night to get a cheap flight
    fly out saturday – attend bootcamp on monday as well. fly back thursday

    • http://Website james

      It was a rough guess. And that’s including the ticket to io.

      I am trying to develop software but in a slow going way. Would love to go but realistically need the money for start up costs for a business.

  • http://Website Shawn

    When does Google give away the device? I don’t want to miss it but I don’t know if I can be there for every hour of the event. Is it at a particular session or keynote?

    • http://www.twitter.com/DrJeckyl Dr.Jeckyl

      Usually at the main keynote.

      My guess is this year will be tablets. Would love to score a Xoom. $450 ticket price vs $500 – $800 off contract/wifi only seems very much worth it.

  • http://Website Phylicia

    Do last year’s attendees get to sign up early????

    @Shawn, they announced the Evo giveaway at the keynote on the 2nd day. You had to take your badge to the front desk at some point that day to pick it up.

  • http://Website Oscar Zavala

    Am a huge Android fan and I am a beginning developer and also am in 9th grade and am 14, so I can pay $150 for student. But question I don’t knoow anyone that’s going over there and I live all the way in Victorville, California and I don’t know if I can go cuz am in 9th grade and am 14?? So what should I do?

    • http://zalzalaweb.com/jens anakin78z

      Email googleio2011@google.com and ask them. I imagine you can still attend, though you might want to check with your parents about getting there & back.

    • http://Website John

      I believe in the FAQ’s that you have to be at least 16 yrs old to attend, and under 18 need to have parents note. Sorry :<

  • http://sivartech.com Travis

    Excited about @googleio ? Then download the Google IO 2011 countdown widget for your Android phone http://bit.ly/fy4u45 (Free)

  • http://Website tech.currentblips

    Google I/O 2011 recap: Chromebooks, Music Beta, Movies and more

    Read more: http://www.tech.currentblips.com/2011/05/google-io-2011-recap-chromebooks-music.html#ixzz1M9jNdo1S

  1. jamesGuest 4 years ago

    Now th question is is it worth the $1800 flight from the uk?

    • If you are a serious Android developer, then I would say yes. Google always gives out the latest Android device, so you will come home with a new development kit to work with.

      • Rayhaan MeraniGuest 4 years ago

        I’m a huge Android fan and beginner developer. I am also in 9th grade, and can pay 150 as a student. What device does Google hand out this year? They hand a device for you to work with?

      • Alfonso SurrocaGuest 4 years ago

        I was wondering about that. When they give out devices, do they give them to *all* attendees? Because if you’re paying $450 a ticket and get a device that costs at least $500, aren’t your tickets effectively less than free (assuming you were planning on buying such a device and traveling to San Francisco or already live there) ? Sounds like a sweet deal to me.

    • RiperGuest 4 years ago

      you must be able to find cheaper flights. I found ones for $800, from sweden!

  2. macGuest 4 years ago

    $1800 for a flight! i paid £1400 with hotels and flying premium.

    you have to say a saturday night to get a cheap flight
    fly out saturday – attend bootcamp on monday as well. fly back thursday

    • jamesGuest 4 years ago

      It was a rough guess. And that’s including the ticket to io.

      I am trying to develop software but in a slow going way. Would love to go but realistically need the money for start up costs for a business.

  3. ShawnGuest 4 years ago

    When does Google give away the device? I don’t want to miss it but I don’t know if I can be there for every hour of the event. Is it at a particular session or keynote?

    • Dr.JeckylGuest 4 years ago

      Usually at the main keynote.

      My guess is this year will be tablets. Would love to score a Xoom. $450 ticket price vs $500 – $800 off contract/wifi only seems very much worth it.

  4. PhyliciaGuest 4 years ago

    Do last year’s attendees get to sign up early????

    @Shawn, they announced the Evo giveaway at the keynote on the 2nd day. You had to take your badge to the front desk at some point that day to pick it up.

  5. Oscar ZavalaGuest 4 years ago

    Am a huge Android fan and I am a beginning developer and also am in 9th grade and am 14, so I can pay $150 for student. But question I don’t knoow anyone that’s going over there and I live all the way in Victorville, California and I don’t know if I can go cuz am in 9th grade and am 14?? So what should I do?

    • anakin78zGuest 4 years ago

      Email googleio2011@google.com and ask them. I imagine you can still attend, though you might want to check with your parents about getting there & back.

    • JohnGuest 4 years ago

      I believe in the FAQ’s that you have to be at least 16 yrs old to attend, and under 18 need to have parents note. Sorry :<

  6. TravisGuest 4 years ago

    Excited about @googleio ? Then download the Google IO 2011 countdown widget for your Android phone http://bit.ly/fy4u45 (Free)

  7. tech.currentblipsGuest 4 years ago

    Google I/O 2011 recap: Chromebooks, Music Beta, Movies and more

    Read more: http://www.tech.currentblips.com/2011/05/google-io-2011-recap-chromebooks-music.html#ixzz1M9jNdo1S