The 2014 Google I/O registration process seems to have gone much smoother than previous years. Not nearly as many "I hate Google" grief postings as prior years with land-rush ticket sales. #io2014
Is the system truly better this year? I thought it was much, much better, and the hidden registration code goo.gl
urls added a nice surprise for developers keen enough to write scrapers.
I think it could still improve a bit though:
1. Reserve a very small set of tickets for media, marketers and general public (say, 25% of the tickets).
2. The remaining 75% of the tickets, split off some chunk for students registered in engineering/design majors, say 5%. Put those in a separate lottery but have students upload valid student ID ahead of time with means of verification.
3. The remaining 70% of the tickets (somewhere around 3700-3800 I believe?), put THOSE tickets into a lottery system like they did this year, specifically for engineers, developers, UI/UX designers, etc., the people that this conference is actually for. And give us a puzzle of some sort to solve. Run it a little like Google Code Jam.
4. Stop giving stuff away. I've said for the past few years, I'd gladly pay $900 to attend IO even without any swag. People sign up in hopes of getting swag, not to sit through lectures about scaling high-availability applications, or how to hack on YouTube or whatever.
BTW, thank you very much, Google, for making child care available for a second year. I haven't decided whether to bring my 5yr old again, maybe I'll see how many levels of +Light Bot
(by +Danny Yaroslavski
) he can finish and then decide.