If you haven’t gotten our countless reminders by now, then you’d better take heed to this one: registration for Google I/O 2013 opens up tomorrow, and it won’t wait for anyone. The digital floodgates will open bright and early at 7am Pacific time for any developer, student, and industry enthusiast looking to get their hands on some face-to-face time with Google’s engineers (and on some devices, possibly).
Tickets will cost $900 for general admission and $300 for students, so be sure you have enough funds to get in. You should have been saving for a while now because you won’t get much time to build your bank account up: registration isn’t expected to last past the hour, and maybe even past the half-hour mark. Here are just a few things you should make sure you do ahead of time:
- Set an alarm to wake up AHEAD of time. Google likes to get a bit jumpy sometimes, so the site may go live a few minutes before 7am.
- Make sure your Google+ profile is setup and accurate. Google uses Google+ for registration and you’ll be asked to sign in to continue.
- Make sure your Google Wallet account is setup with your preferred payment method. Google will process orders through checkout, so you don’t want to be running around looking for your wallet or typing in numbers while everyone else is passing you by.
- Bookmark a replacement keyboard and monitor on Amazon, just in case. These things can be frustrating, and you’ll probably try to smash your monitor using your keyboard by the end of it all if the site crashes.
At this point there’s not much more we can say or do, except good luck and godspeed — things tend to get a little bad server-wise when this happens. Prepare yourself with a few Martin Lawrence-esque “woosah” exercises to make sure you don’t blow a gasket if you happen to miss out on a ticket. It would also be a good idea to read over the updated ticket terms to make sure you know what you’re getting into. The biggest point to be made is regarding ticket transfers: it ain’t happening this year without Google’s blessing, buddy.
Google had enough trouble with ticket scalpers in the past, so it won’t take any chance this time. If you simply want to help a friend or a buddy get a ticket, then you’ll have to have that person’s information or have them sign up on their own. Google may grant exceptions on very special occasions, but it’s not wise to count on that. Google I/O is a tighter squeeze each and every year, and it’s the only way the Mountain View company can ensure things are fair for everybody.
Don’t forget that Phandroid has punched its ticket straight to the Moscone in San Francisco for the May 15th-17th event, so even if you don’t get a chance to go you’ll have all the coverage you need by visiting Phandroid (well, you won’t get access to the workshops, but as usual Google will publish those online for the world to see). With that, I leave you with a wish of good luck — don’t say we didn’t warn you!