Registration for Google’s annual developer conference opens today, and we expect it to sell out within the hour. The 2009 event sold out in 90 days, the 2010 event sold out in 10 days, 2011 sold out in 59 minutes, and last year’s sold out in under 30 minutes.
At approximately 7:00 AM PT, users can attempt to register for Google IO 2013 using their Google+ account. Payments will be accepted through Google Wallet, so make sure your account is already setup to save time.
Just like last year, the general attendee fee is $900, so make sure you really want to go if you plan to sign up. Pretty much all of the keynotes and sessions will be available on YouTube, so you won’t be missing out on much of the information that gets released. Google is also hosting free viewing parties around the globe.
The main benefits to actually being there in person are the networking with your peers and the free devices that Google gives away every year. Last year they Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7, Nexus Q, and Chromebox PC. This year we think they will give away the rumored Motorola X Phone or maybe a pair of Google Glasses.
If you plan to attend, please let us know. I’ll be heading back to the Moscone Center for my fifth year in a row and I’d love to meet up with whoever will be in San Francisco.
Update: As expected, users are having problems trying to purchase tickets. It appears that tickets are still available, but users are getting the message, “Things are really busy right now, and we’re assigning tickets as they become available. We’ll keep trying to get you a ticket for up to 6 minutes. After that, if we don’t have a ticket for you, we’ll send you back to the main page and you can try again.”
Update 2: Registration is now closed. Looks like all available tickets sold out in 45 minutes.