What is Google I/O?

| May 10, 2011 | Reply

Most of our readers know exactly what Google I/O is and many look forward to it each year. But I realized that there might be SOME out there that don’t really know what it is. So for those who want to know and don’t feel like Googling it, here you go:

Google’s own description:

Google I/O brings together thousands of developers for two days of deep technical content, focused on building the next generation of web, mobile, and enterprise applications with Google and open web technologies such as Android, Google Chrome, Google APIs, Google Web Toolkit, App Engine, and more.

The Wikipedia description:

Google I/O is an annual two-day developer-focused conference, held by Google at Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, featuring highly technical, in-depth sessions focused on building of web, mobile, and enterprise applications with Google and open web technologies such as Android, Chrome, Google APIs, Google Web Toolkit, App Engine, and more. It was started in 2008. The “I” and “O” stand for “Innovation in the Open”, and input/output. The “I” and “O” resemble “1″ and “0″ as in binary code, but this is not what it stands for


Early bird registration fees are $450 USD through April 16th, 2011. Attendees who register after April 16th will be charged $550 USD. The Academia (students, professors, faculty/staff) registration fee is $150 USD. If you plan to also join us for BootCamp the day before Google I/O begins, an additional $100 registration fee will apply.

And here’s a rundown of the major themes from past I/O events:

2008 (May 28-29, 2008)

  • The major themes were OpenSocial, App Engine, Android, Google Maps API, and Google Web Toolkit.
  • Speakers included David Glazer, Alex Martelli, Steve Souders, Dion Almaer, Mark Lucovsky, Guido van Rossum, Jeff Dean, Chris DiBona, Josh Bloch.

2009 (May 27-28, 2009)

  • The major themes were Android, App Engine, Chrome, Google Web Toolkit, OpenSocial, Google AJAX APIs, and Google Wave.
  • Speakers included Aaron Boodman, Adam Feldman, Adam Schuck, Alex Moffat, Alon Levi, Andrew Bowers, Andrew Hatton, Anil Sabharwal, Arne Roomann-Kurrik, Ben Collins-Sussman, Ben Galbraith, Ben Lisbakken, Brad Chen, Brady Forrest, Brandon Barber, Brett Slatkin, Brian Fitzpatrick, Brian McRae, Bruce Johnson, Casey Whitelaw, Charles McCathieNevile, Charles Chen, Chewy Trewhalla, Chris Chabot, Chris DiBona, Chris Mertens, Chris Nesladek, Chris Pruett, Chris Schalk, Cody Simms, Cyrus Mistry, Damon Lundin, Dan Bornstein, Dan Holevoet, Dan Morrill, Dan Peterson, Daniel Jefferies, Daniel S. Wilkerson, Dave Bort, Dave Carroll, Dave Day, Dave Peck, David King, David Sehr, David Sparks, DeWitt Clinton, Derek Collison, Dhanji Prasanna, Dion Almaer, Don Schwarz, Eric Bidelman, Eric Sachs, Gerardo Capiel, Gregg Tavares, Guido van Rossum, Guillaume Laforge, Henry Chan, Ian Fette, Iein Valdez, Itai Raz, Jacob Lee, Jeff Fisher, Jeff Ragusa, Jeff Sharkey, Jeffrey Sambells, Jerome Mouton, Jesse Kocher, et al.

2010 (May 19-20, 2010)

  • The major themes were Android, App Engine, Chrome, Enterprise, Geo, Google APIs, Google TV, Google Web Toolkit, Social Web, and Google Wave.
  • Speakers included Aaron Koblin, Adam Graff, Adam Nash, Adam Powell, Adam Schuck, Alan Green, Albert Cheng, Albert Wenger, Alex Russell, Alfred Fuller, Amit Agarwal, Amit Kulkarni, Amit Manjhi, Amit Weinstein, Anders Sandholm, Angus Logan, Anne Veling, Arne Roomann-Kurrik, Bart Locanthi, Ben Appleton, Ben Cheng, Ben Collins-Sussman, et al.

2011 (May 10-11, 2011)

  • Runs from Tuesday May 10th to Wednesday May 11th (check-in on Monday May 9th)
  • I/O 2011 begins today so the exact theme details are unkown. What we do know, though is that there will be a large focus on Android and Chrome. We also know that they will be announcing their cloud music service as well, which has been highly anticipated.

Google I/O is a hot ticket among Android developers and enthusiasts alike. Besides getting an up-front view of the latest Google announcements, products and technology the attendees are normally each given a free Android device. In 2008 attendees were given an HTC EVO, a special edition HTC Magic in 2009 and either a Nexus One or Motorola Droid in 2010. Rumor is that 2011 attendees will be receiving both a Nexus S AND a tablet (most likely a Xoom).

So there you have it. If you don’t know, now you know.

Stay tuned for major Google I/O 2011 news. And many of the all-Android blogs out there are on site and will be providing live blogging coverage.

Check out the Google I/O site for the event agenda: Google I/O 2011 agenda

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