Google CEO Sundar Pichai has shared that Google I/O 2016 will happen between May 18-20th in Mountain View this year. This is one of the earlier Google I/O announcements to date and is notably in Mountain View versus the usual Moscone venue in San Francisco.
Being in Mountain View, it will be much closer to Google’s campus and possibly more convenient for getting engineers out there. In an expanded Google+ post, Pichai mentions how I/O 16 will be special as it marks the 10 year anniversary of their first Googleplex developer day. The Shoreline Amphitheatre has a much larger capacity of 22,500 while the ballroom usually used for the main keynote at Moscone can only seat 6,075 people.
Many developers who would like to go to I/O usually cannot due to the sheer interest in attendance. The move to Shoreline is probably at attempt to get more developers to be able to come. Over the past year, Google has been hosting smaller, more focused developer conference for developers. Separate Chrome and Android Developer Summit were held last year in November, while there is an ongoing Internet of Things conference right now in San Francisco.
Pichai said that more details are coming soon. More registration details are usually announced in February with registration opening up in March.