Today it was a huge disappointment. Woke up early, open the Google I/O registration page, register button was not there. Started doing F5 around 6:58 and exactly at 7:00 saw the Register button.
Immediately clicked on the Register button, spinner started showing up and after a few seconds got the message Sorry! There are no available tickets at this time.
. It was just 30 secs ie 07:00:30 and it was very disappointing.
I seriously doubt it was first come first served as advised. To confirm, I also saw posts on G+ talking about getting in after 10+ mins and repeated trying for about 15 - 20 times. I also kept trying till i saw the message in the registration saying sold out. No luck for me.
Whatever it is, seriously I'm going to miss the energy and excitement that I felt during last Google I/O 2011. Even registering for last year I/O was a challenge. I got in with the mercy of pressing F5 in the browser. It was a year long wait for this day and no luck.Some suggestions
- Better implementation of First come first served
- Allow batches of registration at various time slots (for eg. only 500 tickets at various times)
- Implement a process where developers and people passionated about google technologies get preference
- Some ticket allocation for partners, bloggers, etc
- Increase capacity or make it ONLY online (so everybody is treated fairly)
- Ask people for more suggestions/ideas to make this process even better
But one thing is for sure. Google I/O 2012 has created a record in conference registration.
I/O 2009 - 6 months
I/O 2010 - 2 months
I/O 2011 - 60 minutes
I/O 2012 - 2 minutes
Hope the process improves next time and everybody gets a fair chance.