Google’s I/O Registration Lottery Happens April 15 – 18: May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor

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Google is doing something different with registration for its 2014 I/O Developer Conference this year. The company isn’t doing first-come, first-served this time around, which has resulted in a crazy scrum and a lot of server errors in the past, but instead will open a full two-day window during which anyone can sign up, after which Google will choose randomly from the entire pool of applicants.

If that sounds like they’re leaving a bit too much to chance, console yourself with this fancy new I/O website Google created, which includes an interactive “Experiment” that’s pretty high concept, but possibly signals some of the areas of focus of this year’s show. Machine learning looks a likely subject, and possibly exoplanet exploration, though that last one might not be the central concern of all that many developer sessions.

Even if you don’t get picked to play at I/O in person, Google is offering live streaming video of keynotes and sessions, and there are going to be a set of I/O Extended events taking place at various locales around the world for people who like the human touch but can’t make it all the way to SF. Details regarding these Extended events will be released soon, Google says.