Free Passes to Google I/O

Google is having their first multi-day developer conference in May. The track descriptions looks great and promise content for developers:

  • AJAX & JavaScript: AJAX and JavaScript continue to capture the imagination of web developers. These sessions focus on tools and techniques of client-side code, and how to use them to make serious applications quickly and easily.
  • APIs & Tools: Development tools for the web are evolving. Product APIs allow integration and extension of web applications. Tools like the Google Web Toolkit™ provide a whole new way to improve performance and compatibility.
  • Social: The web is an inherently social place. A new wave of APIs and frameworks, including OpenSocial, are opening up interesting ways to interact with people through applications.
  • Mobile: Mobile devices are blurring the lines between handset developers and web developers, opening up interesting opportunities for applications that span multiple platforms. We’ll take a look at how developers can use technologies such as Android™ and Mobile Gears to build applications on the mobile web.
  • Maps & Geo: Since the introduction of the Google Maps™ API in 2005, geo and map applications have been one of the most interesting phenomena on the web. These sessions focus on the many aspects of geo applications, from KML to the Google Maps API and more.

It’s no secret that Google has been increasing their developer offerings. had one of their first developer events two years ago in conjunction with Where 2.0. At that Geo Developer Day (Radar Post) they focused on their Mapping APIs, KML, and Google Earth. Last year in 2007 they had a second Developer Day with Where 2.0. This time Google branched out and added developer sessions on GWT, Gears (which was launched that day), Advertising APIs and the Google Mashup Editor. At these previous events the Google were usually on-site to answer questions in a frank manner. This is a great opportunity to learn what happens behind the scenes.

Google I/O is happening on May 28th and 29th in San Francisco. I was given 10 free passes for Radar readers. To get a pass leave your idea for the best app, that you might really use, that uses the most Google APIs. I’ll decide and send them out tomorrow.