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What is Google I/O?
Google I/O is an annual developer conference featuring highly technical, in-depth sessions, and showcasing the latest from Google's product teams and partners. The event is open to people 16 years old and over. The 5,500 Google I/O attendees are primarily web, mobile, and enterprise developers building applications in the cloud with Google and open web technologies. Products and technologies featured at Google I/O include Android, Google+, Google Chrome, Google Glass, Google Apps, App Engine and other Google Cloud Platform products, Maps, Commerce, Google TV, and more.
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2013 dates
The 2013 conference will be held from May 15-17 at Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco.
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Conference hours
Registration Check-In Conference Sandbox Google Store @ I/O
Tuesday, May 14 2:00pm - 8:00pm 2:00pm - 8:00pm
Wednesday, May 15 7:00am - 6:00pm 9:00am - 6:00pm
After Hours
7:00pm - 10:00pm
12:00pm - 6:30pm 7:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday, May 16 8:00am - 6:00pm 10:00am - 6:00pm 9:00am - 6:00pm 8:00pm - 6:00pm
Friday, May 17 8:00am - 2:00pm 9:00am - 4:00pm 9:00am - 4:00pm 8:00am - 4:00pm
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Stay informed
To stay up to date on the latest information on sessions, speakers, and activities, be sure to visit the Google I/O 2013 website, as well as follow our Google+ page and Google Developers Blog. In addition, we'll be emailing all registered attendees the latest information and check-in instructions one week before the conference.
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Live stream and recordings
Even if you're not coming to Google I/O, you can be part of the magic. You can watch live streams of the keynotes and many other sessions on Google Developers Live @ I/O. Even better, be part of Google I/O by attending an I/O Extended event in your area. If you can't watch live, you can see YouTube recordings of all sessions on Google Developers Live after the conference.
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General Admission Ticket: $900
Academic Admission Ticket: $300
Be ready for registration

When you register, we'll ask you to sign in with your Google+ account and to pay with your Google Wallet account. To be ready, make sure you have both of these accounts set up before you register. Also, note these Google Wallet pro tips:

  • If you’ve ever bought anything on Google Play, you already have Google Wallet.
  • Check your Google Wallet settings to make sure your postal address is complete and accurate, and your payment method is correct and up to date.
  • If this will be the first time you're making a large payment with Google Wallet, you may want to notify your bank or credit card company in advance that you plan to make a $900 or $300 (academic ticket) charge that will appear as GOOGLE*IORegistration. This will help ensure your payment is processed.
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Open registration

Registration opens to the general public on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 7:00 AM PDT (GMT-7). Registration will take place on the Google I/O registration page.

Here's what to expect during open registration:

  • The registration page will show whether you're signed in to your Google+ account. If not, click the button to sign in. You can (and should) sign in before registration opens.
  • You'll indicate whether you want to buy a general or academic ticket, check the I accept the terms of this ticket checkbox, and click Register.
  • If you're assigned a ticket, you'll have 5 minutes to complete the purchase of your ticket. That's plenty of time, but if you haven't completed your payment in 5 minutes, we'll return the ticket to the available pool. After you've completed your payment, we'll ask you to fill out a registration form. You can take as long as you need for the registration form - there's no clock.
  • Tickets can only be used by the original registrant and can't be transferred or resold. In order to obtain your Google I/O badge at check-in, a photo ID is mandatory.

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Open registration tips

Google I/O is very popular, and we expect open registration tickets to sell out quickly. Here are some tips to maximize your chance of getting a ticket during open registration:

  • Be on the site before registration opens on March 13, 2013 at 7:00 AM PDT (GMT-7) so you can sign in to your Google+ account.
  • We'll take you to a waiting page while we try to find you a ticket. Expect to be on this page for up to six minutes. On this page, don't refresh your browser or your ticket search will restart.
  • Please don't open multiple tabs or use multiple browsers. Each time you open a new connection, your ticket search will restart.

We greatly appreciate your interest in coming to Google I/O. Good luck! And if you're not there in person, we hope you will join us via Google Developers Live @ I/O or I/O Extended.

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Registration terms and conditions

We hope you can join us at Google I/O, but we realize that not everyone who wants to attend will get a ticket. We work hard to distribute tickets fairly through open registration but we can't guarantee a ticket to any participant.

If you get a ticket, please be sure to review the following registration terms and conditions, which apply to all attendees.

  • Each individual can purchase only one ticket. Tickets for Google I/O are for the full three day conference and no single day tickets are available.
  • You must use your own Google+ account to register. All tickets must be purchased using a Google Wallet account.
  • Google I/O tickets must be used by the original registrant and are non-transferable. Tickets may not be sold, bartered, auctioned, or transferred in any way and doing so may result in Google rendering the ticket null and void without any responsibility to Google.
  • At check-in, we will check your photo ID prior to assigning you your Google I/O badge. We're OK with government issued licenses, passports, and other forms of identifications. If you do not have proper identification, you will be unable to receive your badge and will not be admitted into the conference.
  • If you buy an academic ticket and can't provide academic documentation during check-in at Google I/O, you won't be admitted or offered a refund, nor will you be able to convert your ticket to general admission. Please be sure to bring a current school ID or other proof that you are qualified to receive this special rate when you check in at the conference.
  • If you can't attend, you can request a refund. Send the refund request to googleio2013@google.com by April 30th, 2013. Any refund requests made after that date will not be approved.
  • Attendees must be at least 16 years of age to attend Google I/O. 16 and 17 year old attendees do not require an adult to accompany them; however, they must provide a signed parental consent form in advance or during on-site check-in. In addition, Google will not offer chaperone tickets for 16 and 17 year old attendees. To request a parental consent form, please email googleio2013@google.com.
  • Attendees are not permitted to bring guests to Google I/O or to the After Hours party. If you have someone traveling with you, they will need to register themselves and purchase an attendee ticket.
  • Photographs and/or video taken at Google I/O by Google, or others on behalf of Google, may include your image or likeness. You agree that Google may use such photographs and/or video for any purpose without compensation to you.
  • All information entered into the registration form must be correct and accurate to the best of the registrant's knowledge. All information must be entered in English. Some of the information entered (such as name and company), will be displayed on the attendee badge along with the user's Google+ profile photo.
  • Google I/O badges may contain NFC and other RFID technologies that will help us serve attendees and track participation in various sessions and activities.
  • All registered attendees agree to allow Google to contact them regarding their registration and attendance at the event.
  • Attendance at Google I/O is not allowed by the following:
    • residents of embargoed countries,
    • individuals ordinarily resident in embargoed countries, or
    • individuals otherwise prohibited by applicable export controls and sanctions programs
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More registration details
  • Once you have completed registration, you will be able to review and edit most of the information on your registration form by logging into your Google+ account and returning to the Google I/O registration page. Once registered, you will not be able to change your name on the registration. Please make sure to register using the name that matches the photo ID you will need to show in order to check in to the conference.
  • Registration for Google I/O includes three full days of sessions, product demos, admission to the After Hours reception, and attendance at the keynotes. We also provide complimentary breakfast, lunch, and snacks each day along with food and drinks at After Hours. In addition, attendees receive a conference badge and t-shirt and may be offered additional gifts. If you are not sure whether the professional guidelines for your school, university, organization, or agency would allow you to accept these items, please check with your local ethics officer before the event. The food and gifts are optional, so it may be possible to attend Google I/O even if you cannot accept any giveaways.
  • Hotel accommodations are not included in the registration fee. However, we have discounted rates contracted with several hotels near the Moscone West Convention Center. Please visit the Travel page for more details.
  • Transportation will not be provided to Google I/O. Moscone West Convention Center is accessible via BART, MUNI Metro, and Caltrain.
  • The City of San Francisco requires us to collect information regarding where attendees are going to stay during Google I/O. If you are unable to provide this information before the event, you will be required to do so during conference check-in. While this information is typically shared with the City of San Francisco in anonymous aggregate form, we may be required to provide the first and last names of some attendees to allow for the City's post-event audit of particular hotels.
  • If you are not a resident of the USA, you should check with your local government to determine the required documents and arrangements needed for your travel to the USA. If you require a visa letter regarding your Google I/O attendance you can send a request to googleio2013@google.com. Google will not be able to contact an embassy on your behalf.
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Child care
New at Google I/O this year, we offer group child care near Moscone West to conference attendees at no charge. Children ages 6 weeks through 12 years are eligible. When you complete your registration form, please indicate if you’re interested in child care. After you’ve registered, we will contact you to gather more information and provide specific details on child care.
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I/ONs have attended at least five of the following as a paid attendee: Google I/O 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and the 2007 Google Developer Day in Mountain View. I/ONs receive a limited time opportunity to purchase a ticket during pre-sale registration. Eligibility as an I/ON is at Google's discretion.
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Academic tickets
We offer a limited number of tickets at a discounted rate of $300 for Academia. To qualify, you need to be an active full-time student, professor, faculty or staff at a high school or higher education institution. This also includes those who graduated in 2013 prior to the event. We will require a current school ID, transcripts, credentials, or other forms of documentation that you are qualified to receive this special rate when you check in at the conference.
  • Once purchased, general admission tickets can't be converted to academic tickets, and vice versa.
  • If you buy an academic ticket and can't provide academic documentation when you arrive at Google I/O, you won't be admitted or offered a refund, nor will you be able to convert your ticket to general admission.
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We will be offering a limited number of press passes to qualified members of the media. To submit a request, please fill out this form. If you have additional questions please email googleiopress@google.com for more information.

Please note that we will have a limited number of press passes available and will be vetting requests. Our team will contact you if we are able to accommodate your request.

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Attendance Details

All presentations at Google I/O will be in English. Attendance at all sessions, code labs and events for Google I/O is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Badges and conference materials will be available on site at registration check-in.

All attendees will be required to present a passport or other government-issued photo identification before they obtain an attendee badge and are admitted to Google I/O. You may not share, give, or otherwise provide your badge to anyone. Google I/O badges are not replaceable, so don't lose yours or you will not be readmitted to the conference.

You must wear your Google I/O badge to gain admission to Google I/O and to visit the sessions, Developer Sandbox, and After Hours party. If requested by security, please display or provide additional identification if required.

Google I/O badges include your name, company or organization (if provided), Google+ ID and profile photo.

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After Hours
The After Hours party will take place at Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco. All registered attendees are invited to the After Hours party. Please join us for food, drinks, music, games, and more. Alcoholic beverages will be available for those 21 and over.
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Event attire
Google I/O is a developers conference, so please be comfortable and casual. There is no enforced dress code.
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Accessibility accommodations for attendees
We will be providing live real-time transcription (CART) for the keynote and some of our sessions. Caption text displayed on a large screen at the front of the room will be accessible to all attendees. We will also use the text to provide captions for YouTube videos of the sessions, which will be posted after the event. If you have other specific needs, please let us know during your registration or send an email to googleio2013@google.com.

We will be happy to provide an ASL interpreter to accompany you in the sessions at Google I/O. We will do our best to find a technical translator that is familiar with the domain, but please keep in mind that the interpreter will probably not be able to meet with the speakers beforehand. Please let us know during registration if you need an ASL interpreter at Google I/O.

Moscone West is fully ADA certified. If you have questions regarding specific accommodations please let us know during registration or send an email to googleio2013@google.com.

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Anti-harassment policy
Google is dedicated to providing a harassment-free event experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, age, race, national identity, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. All attendees of Google I/O must abide by our anti-harassment policy.
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Conduct policy
Google reserves the right to refuse admittance to, or remove any person from Google I/O (including future Google I/O events) at any time in its sole discretion. This includes but is not limited to attendees behaving in a disorderly manner or failing to comply with the terms and conditions herein.
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Smoking is not permitted anywhere inside Moscone West Convention Center. Smoking is only permitted in designated smoking areas.
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No soliciting
No solicitation or selling of items or services is allowed at Google I/O. Any attendee conducting these activities may be removed from the conference.
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