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Google I/O 2016 registration starts March 8th

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Google's biggest event of the year starts May 18th, and today it's announcing how people interested in attending can get tickets. Between March 8th and March 10th, you can register online for the chance to buy tickets to Google I/O. Note that registering between those dates doesn't actually guarantee you a ticket: because the event always sells out — almost instantly — Google has started drawing names at random to see who gets to buy one. If your name is chosen, you then have the opportunity to pay $900 to get in. Apple has been employing the same lottery system to distribute WWDC tickets, too.

Though Google I/O is a developer-focused event, Google uses it as an opportunity to reveal big news about its plans for the year ahead. It's where Google typically previews the next version of Android, what it has in the works for Chromebooks, and and some of the more ambitious projects coming down its pipeline. This year, it's expected that we'll see the early results of Google's efforts to bring Chrome and Android closer together. The main events are live-streamed, too, so you don't have to be in Mountain View to watch. Even if you're not interested in attending, you should head to Google I/O's website just to check out the cool 3D font.