Google I/O is an annual conference focused on software developers organized by Google and held in San Francisco, California. Think of it as Google’s own expo, where the company presents technical sessions that delve deeply into brand new technologies and products coming out of Google HQ. They also generally reveal the latest and greatest on Android, Chrome, Chrome OS, Google APIs, Google Web Toolkit and App Engines.
Initially launched in 2008, the event is now in its 6th year, and it’s marked some pretty cool landmarks throughout the ages. Last year, for example, the talk was all mostly about Android with its latest version 5.0 “Lollipop”, Android Wear, Android Auto, Android TV, Android One, and the new Material Design standards. The full event is usually 48 hours in duration and includes speeches, giveaways and a whole lot of other stuff. Remember the time Google gave out Chromebook Pixels to everyone who attended?
This year, Google I/O will be held from the 28th to 29th May 2015 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Registrations for the event were held from the 17th of March to the 19th of March 2015 (closed now, sorry).
For those who cannot make it to San Francisco, however, there is the Google I/O Extended programme. This is a locally held event organized by GDG (Google Developer Group) Sri Lanka that those interested can attend. Held for the third time in Sri Lanka, the event is hosted by Mobitel Sri Lanka and includes a live stream from Google I/O 2015, including the keynote address and other live sessions merged with local interactive speaker sessions, a Hackathon session and of course food, drink and entertainment.
While registrations for Google I/O Extended have not yet been announced, you can keep an eye out on their Google+ page for further information. Also, check out this video for a recap of Google I/O held last year.