Google I/O is this year’s largest gathering of Google developers including many of the people who made Android a success. We will be in attendance to bring you all the latest Android news and today we were granted 5 free passes to give to our readers. The event will be taking place in San Francisco, CA on May 27-28.
Due to the short notice, we are going to make this contest very easy. If you are interested in attending Google I/O, just leave a comment describing the session or speaker you are looking forward to the most. Each pass to the event is a $400 value, so please only enter if you are serious about going. We are unable to provide you travel to the event, so this will most likely appeal to those in the surrounding area. The giveaway will run till Wednesday, May 20th or whenever we have five people who can attend.
Some of the Android developers that will be attending include:
Charles Chen, Google
Chris Nesladek, Google
Chris Nesladek is a lead interaction designer on the Android project. Chris’ contributions can be seen across several core communication and media applications. He also led the effort to re-craft Android’s visual identity. Prior to joining Android, Chris worked on projects with Danger, Intuit, and Sony Design Center. In addition to staying in shape through tennis and triathlon-related sports, Chris is an avid pizza aficionado and foodie.
Chris Pruett, Google
Chris Pruett works from Google’s Japan office to support local Android application development. Prior to joining the Android team he worked as an engineer on Lively, Google’s 3D online world. Before joining Google in 2007, Chris worked for several years at a subsidiary of Activision, Inc developing video games. In his free time Chris enjoys dissecting horror games. Read about his research at http://www.dreamdawn.com/sh
Dan Bornstein, Google
Dan Bornstein is the tech lead at Google for Android’s virtual machine and core library efforts, where he developed the specification for the Dalvik virtual machine. He continues to contribute to its implementation along with several coworkers.
Dan Morrill, Google
Dave Bort, Google
Dave has led many aspects of Android since 2006, including the build and platform configuration system, Dalvik’s garbage collector, overall platform security, the transition to open source, and a bunch of other critical components. Before that, he spent ten years working on other “smart” devices and alternative OSes: the Danger hiptop, BeOS, and Bell Labs’ Inferno.
David Sparks, Google
Dave Sparks is the technical lead for the Android media framework. He was the principle author of the MMA’s Downloadable Sounds specification (DLS) now part of the MPEG-4 and 3GPP standards.
Jeff Sharkey, Google
Jeff is a software engineer at Google, working on core Android applications. Before joining Google, he was one of the top 10 winners of the Android Developer Challenge. He enjoys hacking on Android and Linux in his free time, and is passionate about open-source software.
Jesse Wilson, Google
Jesse works on the Dalvik VM as a member of Google’s Android team. He is the creator of the Glazed Lists open source project and a developer of Guice 2.0. He also contributes to the Google Collections library. Read Jesse’s blog at http://publicobject.com/
Joe Onorato, Google
Joe joined the Android team in 2005, wrote aidl, the build system, the documentation tools, a prototype version of the view hierarchy and activity manager, as well as a laundry list of features in the Android framework including the notification manager, status bar, power management, and internationalization. Joe was one of the authors of Gerrit, Android’s code review tool.
Justin Mattson, Google
Justin is a Developer Advocate at Google. For the past year he has devoted his time to Android. Before that he spent time on some of Google’s ads products. In independently he has a strong interest in operating system architectures, macro economics, and advanced armchair physics.
Robert Kroeger, Google
Since starting at Google in 2007, Robert Kroeger has worked on Gears and HTML5-based offline-capable email solutions. Most recently, he helped design and implement the offline storage portions of the new version of Mobile GMail for iPhone and Android. Prior to joining Google, Robert worked on cache-coherent cluster interconnects and hardware performance modelling at Sun Microsystems. Robert holds a BSc. in computer science from the University of Ottawa and a MMath and PhD in computer science from the University of Waterloo.
Romain Guy, Google
Romain Guy is a software engineer at Google. After spending years having fun with large UIs on the desktop and talking about them at conferences, in blogs, magazines and books, Romain decided to go for the small screen and joined the Android project, an Open Source operating system for mobile phones. He’s now trying to make mobile phone UIs as fun and exciting as desktop ones.
TV Raman, Google
Raman is a research scientist at Google. One of his research interests is creating highly efficient eyes-free interfaces that can be used in a variety of eyes-busy situations. The recent work that he has done on Android has been featured in the New York Times.
For a sneak peek of some of the presentations, Google has uploaded some preview videos to YouTube.
If you have any further questions about attending the event, please visit the official FAQ. We look forward to meeting all our friends who will be attending. I also want to give a big thanks to Google for organizing this event and the free passes.