In January, Sundar Pichai announced that Google I/O would kick off May 18 in the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View. The I/O 16 website is now up, with registration beginning at 9AM PST on March 8 and ending on March 10 at 5 PM.
Like in previous years, developers can sign-up for a ticket anytime during the registration period. Users will have to fill out a form detailing what Google technology they’re working with and why they want to attend. General admission tickets are $900, with academic tickets costing $300.
The raffle system is much more fair this time around compared to previous years where it would be a first come, first serve affair. Google’s choice of the Shoreline Amphitheater in their native Mountain View is interesting. Pichai mentioned in a previous post how I/O 16 will be special as it marks the 10 year anniversary of their first Googleplex developer day. Additionally, the Shoreline Amphitheater has a much larger capacity of 22,500, while the ballroom usually used for the main keynote at Moscone West can only seat 6,075 people.
However, the location is odd due to the lack of nearby hotels for attendees. At this time, the company does not provide any details for hotel registration on their FAQ page. In the past, Google usually has cheaper group rates for certain area hotels.