Google Unveils More Google I/O Conference Details

A special session on "Google Maps: Into the Future" will be featured, as well as a special Google Maps demo from inside a 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 sports car.

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Google is continuing to unleash more details about its upcoming Google I/O 2013 Developers Conference, including a special "Google Maps: Into the Future" session, which will describe where the project has been and where it is heading.

The details about the Google Maps announcements at the conference appeared in a May 8 post by Mano Marks of the Maps developer relations team on the Google Geo Developers Blog.

"This year, we plan on bringing the best of Google Maps to every screen, including demos from the dashboard of a Mercedes-Benz to all seven screens of our latest Liquid Galaxy installation," wrote Marks.

In the Developer Sandbox at the show, where visitors can check out demos from developers who have built applications based on Google technologies and products, the work of the Mercedes-Benz Digital DriveStyle team will show off their latest integration of the GooglePlaces API, using the Google Maps SDK (software development kit) for iOS, wrote Marks. These demos of the technology will take place from behind the wheel of a 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 sports car.

Meanwhile, a full schedule of Maps-related sessions has now been unveiled for the conference, including some sessions that will be Webcast live (look for the camera icon on the schedule). Sessions include Design Principles for Maps, Making Location Meaningful with Google Maps APIs, Dive into Underwater Street View and a Fireside Chat with the Google Maps Team. All of the sessions will be available on YouTube after Google I/O.

The Google I/O conference, which will be held May 15 to 17 in San Francisco, will include a wide range of training sessions and code sessions each day where developers can get help with their projects, answers for code questions, and input and additional eyes on the work they are doing using Google code. More than 120 talks, ranging from introductory topics to advanced subjects about Google Maps, Android, Google Chrome, Google+, App Engine, Google Glass and more, will be featured in the technical sessions, according to Google.

Also to be shown and shared with attendees at the conference are Google's Street View Trekker and SVII cameras, which Street View teams are using to collect the amazing images being gathered for the project from around the world. The Trekker camera is a backpack-mounted camera that is helping to collect images in remote locations, including the Grand Canyon. At the event, attendees will be able to "take the Trekker backpack on a hike through the Grand Canyon" in a simulation, wrote Marks.

Also on display will be other technologies that will allow attendees to use Google APIs "to try flying through Google Earth with a Leap Motion controller," with the help of a partner vendor, Leap.

More details about the live broadcasts from Google I/O 2013 are also covered in a May 8 post by Mike Winton, director of developer relations, on the Google Developers Blog.

"From the comfort of your own home, office, secret lair or anywhere you have a reliable Internet connection, you can stream Google I/O May 15-16 live," wrote Winton. "Brought to you by Google Developers Live (GDL), the Google I/O home page will become the GDL at I/O live streaming hub starting May 15 at 9:00 a.m. PT (16:00 UTC [Coordinated Universal Time)."