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Google I/O has officially sold out! It took just a bit over 20 minutes! (We were experiencing 6,250 qps load on our servers at 7:01am!)

While we're overwhelmed with the interest and enthusiasm around Google I/O, we know it can be very disappointing and frustrating when an event sells out this quickly.

So here is what we are going to do:

1) Keynote will be streamed live
2) All key sessions will be streamed live
3) All session videos will be available after 24 hours
4) Google I/O Extended viewing parties will be happening all over the world

So, if you weren’t able to land a ticket today, see you at I/O Live (goo.gl/K8KQ4) or one of our Extended (goo.gl/ypL0q) locations in person!
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How about any free tickets for G+ users? :)
 
+Vic Gundotra Tickets are already showing up on ebay...will you have procedures in place to refuse to honor scalped tickets?
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according to my registration page, tickets were sold out at 7:00 and 30 seconds.
 
And yet I didn't get my ticket, with 4 devices hammering the servers :(
 
Tickets are 4k on ebay already. I think it's time we all admit this isn't actually a conference for developers.
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It's "disappointing and frustrating" when you spend the entire 20 minutes getting "no tickets available" due to random query time outs when there were clearly tickets available.
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+Vic Gundotra I don't want to sound like a crack pot conspiracy person, but were the tickets truly first come first serve? I tried 3 times at 7AM, 7:04, and 7:08 with no luck. My buddy tries at 7:10 for the first time and gets one. How is a company that brags about being instant not able to develop a proper queuing system?
 
So much for first come, first serve. Pressed the register button at the first possible instant and received the no tickets available message. This process repeated for about 15 times until finally sold out. Many people were successful at winning tickets after this. Looking forward to the flight cancellation fees. I knew I shouldn't book in advance, but I didn't expect this fiasco.
 
When are you going release some +Google+ API. Atleast add some Facebook timeline kind of fields. Google+ is not fun for my friends. And why do I have to invest time in something that is not used by my friends.
 
Despite trying on several computers (nope, didn't refresh, just sat and waited for the error message) for 28 minutes, no luck. I/O Extended is great and all, but not the same as being part of the energy and excitement in SFO, not to mention all the connections to be made with other Android devs.
 
+Seth Moon that was exactly my experience to. I'm sure it was just their servers getting crushed by the load but hopefully they can do better next year. Definately didn't feel like first come first serve to me.
 
can we have dev requirements like perhaps maybe at least 100k downloads on the market? this could help streamline the devs that really want to network and learn rather than the casual phone user who wants free stuff.
 
I don't think these people understand the concept of "first come, first serve."
Clearly people who tried after me got tickets, whereas I kept getting the "no tickets available" message for the entire 28 minutes.
 
Thanks for NOT reserving tickets to participants to #io11 (and #io10 and #io09 like me).

Looks like I will change my "every year developer conference" with something else.

Take care.
 
Google IO registration has been painful over last 2 yrs. Its like lottery system and Google should open up a raffle like system so that developers don't waste their time; that too early in the morning. So frustrating.
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+Vic Gundotra what really upsets me is that it clearly said on the page that it would be first-come, first-served, which was clearly not the case. How hard would it have been to just not write that on the page if it wasn't true?
 
+Ashish Kasturia It was "first come, first served after your random wait period of spinning assuming the server handles your request and doesn't just tell you there are no available tickets"
 
Q: What's the difference between #googleio registration and the lottery?
A: Nobody would believe a line about the lottery being first come, first served.
 
What happened to needing coding skills for this year's registration? I was being told there were no tickets available within 1 minute after registration opened. Then seeing tickets sell on eBay for $2000 & $4500... Why would I even bother with this process in the future. I guess my faith in having a fair system this year was misplaced.
 
+Francesco Delfino If all previous attendees got reserves, the amount of fair tickets would dwindle down to probably 1,000, not leaving enough room for new developers to share their ideas.
 
TODO: Work on streaming the networking opportunities for developers. Maybe hangouts can help here?
 
Raise the price higher next year, kill the swagg and screw over any scalpers. I was sitting here signed in and ready with 5 computers. At 7 sharp when the register button showed up I was getting the no tickets available message and kept trying until 8.

I am a professional android dev, I don't care for the swag. The chrome book and tab are sitting in a drawer unused. And cost of admission is no concern. There are many more just like me that don't get to go. Seriously google, this is pretty bad.
 
I have tried for two years at registration on the minute to get a ticket and failed. I was able to swap with another student for IO2011 and it was the most inspirational event I ever attended.
 
I think we'll have streaming party with our community
 
+Vic Gundotra I tried at least 30 times between 7:00 and 7:21 without success... Even if indeed I will follow Google I/O at home or via extended session, it will not be the same... Google I/O is not only sessions, is also an atmosphere, a possibility to meet developer from around the world, to meet google engineer developing the products you use...
And when I see that tickets are sold on ebay just after it's sold-out, get me more frustated.
 
Step 1: Show you care about your developers.
 
What's really fucked is the people that registered before 7 because the reg form was hidden in the HTML on the page.
 
yes! :) saved myself $900 bucks for the registration + $800 bucks for hotel + $1000 for a flight.. now i'm going to go buy something frickin awesome with my $2700! Anyone have any suggestions as to what I should buy with it?
 
Can I laugh at you +Tanner Shamrock ? Really!!!? Booked plane tickets before getting the tickets to IO? How much did you save on that? Did you expect the plane tickets to be sold out 30 mins after the Google tickets? Honestly, I don't believe you.
 
I thought there was going to be some type of contest this go round? At this rate there should have been. As you can see they are up on EBay already.
 
6000 hits a second and it didn't crash. 5500 tickets...yeah I'd say that's probably why there may have been some demand.
 
it's a scam ... developers making tons of effort , spending night & day developing app and now cannot come !!!
 
+Julien Dramaix I feel the same. Such a frustrating process to click registration right when it pops up and not get a ticket. I wonder how many tickets were purchased by people in San Francisco who want to go just for the swag.
edit: it is going to be a bit painful while I integrate google checkout with a retail site I am working on today.
 
Wow. Like a concert from the Stones with T.Waits and Bruce supporting. Glad i made it in ....
 
please explain clearly what do you mean by this "first come first serve" process next time. i try for 7 or 8 times from 7:00am(pst) , then it sold out suddenly...
 
This is really sad, 2 of my friends and I, were right there on 7.00, but I am the only one who got a ticket.
We did'nt want to go because of any gadgets or anything but because of the experience! So if anyone who got a ticket and can't go or does'nt want anymore, feel free to write me.
 
If tickets were sold out in 20 min, then please explain why people who attempted to get tickets within those first 20 min were told no tickets were available?

I seriously hope Google did not evaluate who does/doesn't get tickets based on your G+ profile.
 
what happened to the coding requirement
 
I tried to get an Academic ticket starting at 7am all the way til 7:30, when registration closed. How come I didn't get one? I thought it was first come, first served?
 
+Daniel Quach, that was for the stupid IO machines (that didn't even work properly if you didn't resize the browser.)
 
+Seth Moon I would hope that means these listings are being removed from eBay! One went for $4,000.
 
Tried for over 30mins to get tickets starting right on 7am (well 1am in AU), without any luck. Its clear that Google needs to either split IO into a couple of regional events or at the very least look at a bigger venue. Bit disappointed that the "coding requirement" didn't happen as this may have stopped the "rush" effect. Its even more disappointing that Google gets to deliver late on opening the registrations for Google IO and yet developers punctual enough to attempt to get tickets at 7am come up empty handed.
 
I guess I should be happy that I forgot about registering till 8:00 AM PDT, so didn't spend all my time waiting to register.... :-)
 
Please MONTREAL viewing parties... why not at your new offices ?
 
Everyone please stay calm. Google will never unveil how their ticketing process really worked. We all sound like nut jobs, even though we may actually be right. If Google were to say that they chose based on your Google+ Profile as +Alan Klement stated or that the tickets were released in groups, they would have to give about 5 million dollars back and restart registration. There is no way in hell any Google employee will say anything on how the system worked.
 
I'm a registered android dev with two apps published (8k downloads), I've been to the previous two I/Os and I have my G+ profile for a while, even though I haven't post anything. Didn't get any ticket whatsoever.
 
+Google Developers +Vic Gundotra Ideas for next year's registration:

1. Limit ticket retrieval attempts to one per user. You can do this because you know who the person requesting a ticket is. This will help your load issues by limiting people to one browser/tab/device at a time and make the whole process fairer. Just display a friendly message for the additional requests that says you can only request one ticket at a time.

2. Implement a queue system and don't provide real-time feedback. Something along the lines of "We've received your request for a ticket and will inform you via email shortly". This will lower load even more and allow you to notify people that tickets are sold out automatically.

3. Increase the price again. $900 is still to cheap.

4. Don't allow ticket transfers. This will kill the eBayers.

5. Increase the event size to better meet demand. This could be done by holding the event in multiple different locations (New York, Chicago, Detroit, etc.)
 
+Vic Gundotra, I was so frustrated with the process these last two IO events. Last year the servers were hammered and I had to fill out the registration forms multiple times, only to have it never actually complete. Thankfully, Google told me that my registration info was actually saved and I made it. To have server problems again this year is unbelievable for a company like Google. Will there be contests for tickets again this year? Also, last year some of the contests for tickets ended only 1 or 2 days before IO started, making it only accessible by San Fran residents.
 
+Vic Gundotra please provide a performance case study on this morning activity. At least the basics of RT and utilization of resources. Thank you that is all.
 
Thanks for all the live-streams from the event:) Will definitively watch!
Fun to see the event being that popular... Over 6000 qps is pretty amazing:P
 
Too bad, quite disappointing. There should be a better way to do this instead of having everyone sign in at once. Loyal alumni should be given a first crack at it before newbies because hardcore developers are the life and blood of I/O.
 
+Sadath Sayeed That is a bad idea as it would probably limit the number of fair tickets to below 1,000. There should be a mtheod though of becoming a more qualified applicant.
 
I think being a loyal alumni should be one of the criteria used. As well as registration as a developer at Play. And, in case there is a pre sale period, test dev skills of these people. And, of course, not allow ticket transfers whatsoever and ban the tickets of whoever tries to sell them.
 
No worries, love the live streaming of the talks and hopefully some more tickets are made available to alumni via email so that only the ones who didn't get in can apply - just a wishful thinking 😊
 
+ Seth Moon - I agree with you that there should be a criteria to sign up. But I doubt anyone is listening to us. Atleast last year we had the early registration for the alumni.
 
As an ION, I am happy that I am in. As a leader of developers, I am disappointed that nobody from my team could get in. I would love to see a lottery so that this was not a competition of bandwidth and connectivity. Let everyone register over a 5 day period and then notify the lucky winners the following Monday. Let's cut down on the chaos.
 
+Vic Gundotra As a developer who was lucky enough to get a ticket today, I would like to make a request: Please don't provide us with any free products this year. Google has been more than generous in the past, and I am incredibly grateful for my previous gifts, but I would gladly give it back for the opportunity to attend again.

Last year's I/O was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. It was my first opportunity to meet with other developers and like-minded geeks, immersed in the latest and greatest technology and information. I made great friends at the conference, and we all agreed to return this year. However, of the six I've talked to today, only three were able to get tickets, even though we were ready and waiting at 7:00 sharp.

The demand will surely never return to the month-long registration window, but perhaps lowering the incentive for non-developers to attend will make it a bit easier for the rest of us. As it is, the anxiety is unbearable.
 
Thanks for the live stream, +Vic Gundotra & +Google
 
Consider that you have to give the first 3000+ people (5000 - presale/press/partners/etc) a couple of minutes to complete the process of buying the ticket. When they change their minds (likely because they got a ticket in one of their other 10 VMs), you then release the tickets back into the pool. The "first comers" have to all keep trying until the tickets are gone. The people that got tickets were trying the whole time, just like you were. It sucks, but isn't necessarily unfair. A lottery really isn't any better, is it? Adding more tickets diminishes the value of attending, in my opinion.
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I will be watching... Can't wait
 
+Google Developers +Vic Gundotra After trying 100+ times starting a 7 sharp and failing to get io2012 tickets, I am headed in late to my job, where I use chrome, app engine, gwt and maps API to develop Android and HTML 5 mobile web apps.
 
Just scheduled in I/O in my calendar with "don't plan on getting any work done these 3 days"
 
How many unique google+ accounts attempted to sign up? I want to see a Google Map showing distributions of requesters vs. successes. I will even help.
 
Relax Guys! It's not the end of the world. The Sun will still rise, the Moon will still come out and life goes on 🌟✨😊☀🌙⚡🎶
 
Hey +Vic Gundotra - while I appreciate that the conference probably did sell out within the first 20 minutes due to popularity, the experience (and I suspect the underlying architecture) supporting the registration process in those 20 minutes was a disaster. We had four developers up early at 7am PDT trying to register - all without success.

While I don't doubt the content of Google IO is popular, I suspect what's really driving demand is the prospect of some exclusive, free giveaway. Assuming this is true, I would recommend offering "streaming" attendees an option to purchase this at the same time. For example "For those attending in person, here's your freebie. If you are watching remotely, we are offering you the option to purchase this same device at $x via this url...". I think this might help appease some of the sentiment generated from this morning, and may also go some way of making sure there isn't this type of frenzy for next year.
 
I'm disgusted with the entire process. Really you call this first come, first serve? Really?
 
Any chance to purchase swag at cost???
 
Sounds like an iPhone launch. I kid! Very happy with the Galaxy Nexus.
 
An absolute joke process. No clue why I should continue to be an Google evangelist when you guys have done nothing to make sure actual developers got in (even though you said you were going to). Google can't be trusted and you proved it once again today.
 
Hi Vic, can I ask what active measures you are taking to prevent the scalping that went on last year? I see that in the registration FAQ you say that a resold ticket is invalid. So, how are you preventing people from reselling, and how are you telling the difference between a genuine transfer request and a transfer being requested as a result of an eBay sale?

I give you http://www.ebay.com/itm/Google-I-O-2012-General-Admission-/320877449211 - Cost: $900. Sale price: $2700. Profit: $1800.

I fully expect many more tickets to appear on eBay over the coming weeks, all at massively inflated prices, because the I/O site does not make it clear how or even if you will be trying to prevent the reselling you say is not allowed from happening. Just don't allow transfers. Period. Refund the buyer's money if they "change their mind" and put returned tickets into a draw. No transfers = no scalping.


I contacted the Google developer advocates in London to enquire about going on the returned ticket list, but I've been told that no such list is running. If you aren't accepting and re-selling returns in a structured fashion you are simply encouraging people to resell privately, and inviting the purchasers of those tickets to gamble with the possibility that they are turned away at the door. It's bad enough that the conference sells out as fast as it does.
 
+Alex Garcia I did the same last year and saved £500 on flights. Although I still had to get scalped on eBay to get through the door.
 
On ebay.com right now: two sold tickets at $2000 and £2700, one unsold (cancelled) at $4000.
 
excellent go google can wait to see it streamed live this is the beauty of google plus etc thanks
 
What happened to the 'programming challenge' that was going to be added to this year's registration?
 
Better be a good android presentation all I want android is to me silky smooth like wp7
 
So to be clear... 5K tix out in what sounds like 2 - 3 minutes of continuous request processing. 5K glassy eyed people at the event, thousands crushing streaming servers viewing around the world, the prestige of having your thousand dollar conference selling out in minutes versus the "it's not fair" complaints of a couple hundred? You think all that press is b/c there are that many software devs excited about networking opportunities? C'mon. See this thing for what it is and better luck next year.
 
:-( I waited too long... and still couldn't get it...
 
I tried but I had no luck, but two coworkers got tickets, so 2 out 3 ain't bad.
 
I would have been happier if tickets were sold out at 7:02 or something and everybody who were there at 7 am got the tickets. I kept trying for 30 minutes from 7 am and didn't get anything! I had hoped google could have handled the request without having the stupid spinning ajaxy circle!
 
+Don Park the programming challenge was whether you would hack the registration page.
 
You should do something to stop people from selling them on eBay... Its better to sell tickets to people that actually want to go :-/
 
Stop giving away SWAG, then you'll get the people who actually want to learn stuff, not the people who want to sell stuff on ebay
 
+Vic Gundotra Is there any hope of a second chance for last year attendees who tried right from 7:00 AM when registration opened but couldn't get in? This time, there were no early registration invitations either. I don't think first come first serve was implemented correctly. I started trying right from 7:00 AM, but I hear that some who started trying from say, 7:15 AM could get in.
 
As a professional Android dev, it's very disappointing to not get a ticket despite hitting the register button at 3 seconds after 7am pst. It's even more frustrating that there are tickets being sold on ebay for 5x face value. Something is clearly broken when scalpers can get tickets but eager developers can't.
 
The root of the (developers) problem is the swag. Eliminate the swag, and then expand the conference to another 2,500 people. Problem solved.
 
+Anil Bhatt Last year they had contests for free tickets. I would expect the same this year.
 
As an enterprise developer involved in technology innovation it is disappointing not being able to attend despite attending in 09, 10, and 11. I logged on promptly at 7:00 AM and tried to purchase a ticket repeatedly until they were sold out. Feel like Google dropped the ball on this one Vic....
 
Here is what I don't understand - We all know that scalpers sell the event ticket at a higher price and prevents legitimate users from geting the ticket. This is an age old problem. In order to discourage scalping, why didn't google do what airlines does - put the attendees name on the ticket at the time of purchase and the name on the ticket gets to enter the event. This is a one quick solution that I can think of right away. Google has lots of talented people working for them and you are telling me that you can not beat the scalpers to their game through technology?
 
+Sajid Islam, I understand that's exactly what they did. The tickets are in the name of the person who registered. They may still be transferable though.
 
http://googlecode.blogspot.com/2011/11/google-io-2012-extended-to-three-days.html
"In the meantime, be sure to brush up on your coding skills. They’ll come in handy when the new application process opens in February. That’s all we can tell you for now.."

My guess is they dropped the coding challenge because there are a significant number of non-developers attending - purchase decision makers especially. I think dropping the swag is probably the best idea. At $900 a ticket people must be expecting a lot of swag!

Also check out the attempted solution Burning Man used for 2012 ticket sales and the problems they've encountered. Its an interesting read on how a ticket lottery system has its own problems.
http://blog.burningman.com/2012/02/news/ticket-update-radical-inclusion-meet-the-other-nine/
 
Thanks for streaming, but it really seems like this registration was gamed. I tried from 7:00am sharp for 20 minutes, one machine, no love. Not good, not fair.
 
How about getting a bigger venue or doing multiple events.
 
I can't believe I was fortunate enough to get a ticket!
 
I was actually scared when the browser said "do not refresh" and it did nothing for 5 minutes. :)
 
+Vic Gundotra Thank you! It's great that this will all be streamed live. Let's hope it works. I still don't understand why I couldn't get in even though I tried exactly at opening time and non-stop for 30 minutes. But my brother who lives in NY was able to get in, register and then got in twice more, no problem. How did this work? Will you open a few more spots like you did last year after registration had closed? Thank you again.
 
Thanks for making it all available online, much appreciated.
 
Google needs an Extended Location in SF this year!
 
I hope you guys offer a "Last Call" programming contest this year to make up for the fact that chances of obtaining a ticket were completely random and not first-come first-serve as promised.
 
mmmmm thanks Vic and google for providing as the best ressources and platforms
 
That registration experience was the WORST EVER!!. So many of my developer friends that could provide real value to Google had the same, sat there at 7, multiple devices/browsers, no clear feedback. And a lukewarm statement like this makes matters worse. And no, I dont care about your tech fluff, just make it work.
 
If at 07:01 they were experiencing 6,250 qps load on their servers, it means that this number is probably the highest peak of qps load. Otherwise they would promote this other hypothetically highest number as it looks better marketing-wise. Having that said and considering that I was refreshing the page basically every second from T-1min until T, it means that I would probably be at one of first requests to hit the server as soon as the registration opened. Considering also that some people were actually using multiple browsers/tabs to try to maximize the chances to get a ticket, the number of the individual 'qps' can be a lowered down (as multiple requests from the same Google+ user will result in just one ticket sold at the very end). Considering all of this, it's very likely that, at T (07:00), the l number of 'valid' qps might have been a lot lower than this 6.250 at 07:01. So then, my question is.. Why do people like me, that hit the spinning wheel page less than 2, maybe 3, seconds after the registration opened, couldn't get any ticket and people that got there around even 8 or 12 minutes later got one? Frustrating. Specially because I've attended to the past 2 I/Os and I was the only one in the mobile team of the whole company I work (a huge satnav company) that had concrete plans of going...
 
+Vic Gundotra I was there and clicked at 7am and got 3 minutes of waiting for a ticket then denied and tried 3 more times and went to work. Later I found out they were not sold out for over 10 minutes after I stopped trying? But the site said there were no more tickets available was that a lie? I got that message 3 times and believed it. For that I do not get to go?

I am confused and angry as this was the first and maybe only opportunity I will ever have to go this conference. I really could care less about the remote viewing options, this was all about actually being there. The only way now is to buy one from a scalper on craigslist......that is truly sad.
 
I've been trying for 3 years to go and haven't been able to get a ticket. I was trying this morning at 7am PST and kept getting "Tickets are unavailable" messages. I've been a developer for 3 years and work down the street from the event. How can a developer go?
 
+Vic Gundotra Sorry, I can't share excitement with you. Peak 6,250 qps and sold out within half-hour, so what ? It's no longer a "funny fact" or "great achievement" that google io tickets sold out fast, it's a shame. You said that will be a "first come, first serve" basis, but it seems a totally randomly and unfair mechanism. It's not frustrating about we can't get the ticket, but Google still have no clues to solve goodie hunter problem and a really good mechanism for registration of such important event.

Disappoint .... again.
 
+Don Park when demand outstrips supply so much there is no good solution except to reduce demand or increase supply.

Next year I/o should split, maybe 10,000 tickets for android-centric I/o and another 10,000 for non-android.
 
This is all good news but I think most of us would rather have full access to the G+ API
 
why does everyone seem to think that at 7AM, they were first to try and register? The world is a very big place and being even 1 whole second past 7AM will mean you weren't first at all.
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The hype was unnecessary and the system was definitely not first come first serve as it claims. In my opinion it traversed the G+ friend/feed/post graphs for each request and tried to give tickets to what Google percives to be Developers. +Vic Gundotra you should definitely pay attention to some suggestions mentioned here.
 
+Vic Gundotra 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.
 
+Mohamed Rafiq it was actually 28 Minutes not 2 but never the less you are right.

@all Btw. only because you visited last years I/O what makes you think that it would be FAIR to get into this year prior to anyone else?
If you think this is fast btw, try booking a ticket (250 available) for JSConf.eu - this was under 20 minutes and i only got one because someone couldn't attend in 2010. It was FULL of developers and we got pretty awesome swag too.

Yes: I/O is nice. But it is not the end of the world if you cannot attend. I think over the year the Extended will get better and better and in Europe there are the GoogleDeveloperDays and in Asia you have the DevFest.

So get over it and stop blaming Google for "only" having 5000 tickets for approx over 9000 people interested
 
+Nils Hitze I'm not blaming Google, it was a suggestion to do it better. Last year servers couldn't handle and was getting 400 errors. This year first come first served was promised but thats not how the registration went through. And BTW, It was few minutes not definitely 28 minutes.

Where did i mention that i deserve preference because i attended I/O last year? You may want to read it correctly.
 
+Mohamed Rafiq the first sentence was for you the rest for all prior comments, sry for the bad commen styling
 
+Arpit Desai When the system gets over 6000 requests per second, it doesn't matter if it is "first come first served" or not. It still won't look like it.

Also, I've seen no evidence for the system 'picking out' developers. And tickets appearing on eBay (I've not looked anywhere else) would seem to argue against this.
 
Could you at least stop people from re-selling their academic tickets at 1.500$?
 
7 tickets on sale at eBay.com right now, average price something over $2000. Another 6 tickets already sold at an average of $2500.
 
Don't forget to send me the Nexus Tablet live - right after the keynote Vic.... :)
Thanks in advance... :)
Have a great event!
 
Omg I can't believe how many winers have commented here. Seriously, if you're a developer, watch the FREE videos, stfu and go get a life.. jesuz....
 
I agree with Lars Rye Jeppesen, stop whining and watch the great videos, btw those videos are still on youtube from last year and the one before that, great dev resources. If you want a nice trip then go on a holiday, if you want free stuff then, well I don't know about that. Google I/O has X number of tickets so yes it will get sold out.
 
Registration was definitely a frustrating experience, 30 minutes of trying to "win" a ticket and was always told no tickets were found even though I tried within 5 seconds of the page going live. As an Android developer that has been working with the platform for over 3 years and has app downloads totaling over 5 million I was really looking forward to being at IO this year. The amount of tickets on eBay is horrible too, what happened to this being a developers conference?
 
next year let's setup a Hackathon, first who hacks into the I/O RegServer get's the ticket
 
Why did it take 20 minutes to sell out. I was there at 7:01 like everyone else and could not get a ticket. Why say it took 20 minutes?
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re: the ticketing system for 2012 Google I/O:

Pro: all the good information will be streamed live on YouTube (and hopefully will be retained online for easy access as it has been for the past few years)

Con: far too many of Google I/O's main constituents, the people you want to reach the most, aka Android developers, are left outside while unscrupulous scalpers make out like bandits re-selling tickets on eBay/Craigslist

Suggestions for improvement:
-- all registered Android developers should be automatically given first crack at getting tickets -- put in a pool and then randomly selected
-- companies should be given a pool of five programmers tickets -- if you are part of a company as opposed to being an individual, this will help reduce the hit on the servers, your company applies for you
-- keep giving out the swag (after all, that's important too! LOL)

C'mon, +Vic Gundotra , you're part of Google. This kind of thing should be a doddle for you! :)
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I've attended Google IO since the start in 2008. Last year meet some cool folks and had a blast. Getting drunk and haul assing on that bike that goes in circles was fun ;) Can't wait to see what new things I can use for www.EasyShout.com. w00t
 
+Vic Gundotra What about organizing a Google IO US, Google IO Europe (Zurich) and Google IO Asia (India)? This would allow the Google developers community to network and provide feedback to Google engineers. This is what makes the value of Google IO (infinitely more than the video streamed events and the free phone/tablet). Thanks.
 
I am happily reporting ticket auctions on e-bay. "Prohibited and restricted Item" -> "Other" -> "Event Ticket Resales"
 
+Giorgio Davanzo You simply can not stop the ticket resale. If the scalpers get booted out from ebay then they will go to kijiji, craigslist or some other site to sell. Google should discourage resale by printing/linking the attendee name at the time of ticket sale.
 
Last year people were selling counterfeit tickets printed from Google's printers at Moscone. 100% perfect tickets since made exactly like the real tickets. Hopefully the ticket system is more robust this year.
 
Definitely get rid of the swag... I know a handful of people first hand who have no business there who get the academic tickets just to get the swag and then sell it.. Leave tickets open for legitimate developers who would benefit from the event
 
Seriously Vic, every year Google I/O is going to be the source of nerd rage for legit developers who couldn't get in, until you guys can develop a better system. Is a better and more fair sign up system too much to ask for from one of the biggest and best software companies in the world? You guys are routinely solving much tougher problems than this one, why not just fix it?
 
+Steve Gehrman To get a ticket from the printer it was necessary to scan a barcode or type in your (long) ticket number. Do you have anything to back up your assertion? After all the system will - and did (when I typed my number in wrongly last year) - reject numbers that don't correspond to a valid registration. Not saying you are wrong, just want to know more.
 
I'll be watching live for the 3rd year in a row. It's my favourite conference! Good to see even more streamed streaming this year.
 
Google needs to adopt a system that works like lining up virtually. A good example is what San Diego Comic-con International uses. They also allow last year's members (who are registered to prevent reselling) a exclusive shot at tickets before any new attendees or don't give anymore devices away and you will see all the popularity drop!
 
I'm extremely saddened and frustrated I was unable to get a ticket. I have been an early adopter of many Google products for years, including Android. I've had a successful Android app on Google Play (Android Market) also for years now that's in the top selling list of my category. I would think Google would have some part of their algorithm to assign tickets based on stats like this, but it appears to have been completely random.
 
+Mohamed Rafiq +1 "Implement a process where developers and people passionated about google technologies get preference"
 
+Kanani C my org develops a lot but its all for internal use.. 
 
I think Google should stop the swag handout... That way people who would benefit from the conference would be able to attend but people attending merely to get free gear won't.. 
 
+Vic Gundotra I had a ticket, then it was taken away.

A process that allocates me a ticket, takes my money (the bank even notified me of a transaction above my notification threshold within seconds of clicking "pay"), doesn't give me any indication that my registration has failed... and then returns my money two and a half hours later with no satisfactory explanation. At all. Yes, another classic Google I/O registration farce. Three. Years. In. A. Row.

How can you suck so badly at this? Credibility - blown.

Nobody at Google expresses any embarrassment at this state of affairs - are you just too big to care about how your "valuable" developers are treated?
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