Google has released the first scant details about its upcoming Google I/O 2013 Developers Conference by posting a bare-bones schedule for its annual code and innovation love-in and training ground.
The sixth annual I/O conference will kick off May 15 in San Francisco’s Moscone Convention Center West, at 800 Howard Street, and run through May 17. The schedule was released on April 30.
Highlighting the opening session on May 15 will be a long three-hour keynote session that will certainly set the stage for everything else to come at the event. This year’s keynote alone already boggles the mind—after the introduction of Google Glass at the 2012 I/O Conference, what could Google possibly have up its sleeves this year to top Glass?
And as in past years, Google will hold a wide range of training sessions and code sessions each day of the conference where developers can get help with their projects, get answers for code questions, and receive input and additional eyes on the work they are doing using Google code. More than 120 talks ranging from introductory topics to advanced subjects across Android, Google Chrome, Google+, App Engine, Google Maps, Google Glass and more will be featured in the technical sessions, according to Google.
Also featured will be Women Techmakers sessions, Tech Talks, startup panels and introductions to Google’s latest innovations, according to the schedule.
Another key part of the conference will be the Developer Sandbox, which will feature the work of more than 100 innovators who’ve built applications based on Google I/O-featured technologies, according to Google. Those developers who are building leading-edge projects will be present to show their work, discuss the projects and exchange ideas.
A series of Code Labs will also be held to let attendees get elbow-deep in code while learning from others who are already doing innovative things with code, according to Google.
For those who can’t attend this year’s sold-out I/O 2013 event—it was sold out very soon after the approximately 5,500 tickets went on sale for $900 each on March 13—Google will again be broadcasting the sessions live online around the world to organized local viewing parties of developers. This is part of Google’s I/O Extended efforts, which let developers around the world witness the events remotely. Developers can check the schedule to find an I/O Extended event located near them.
“Part viewing experience and part community building, I/O Extended programming includes everything from live streaming the Google I/O content to local developer demos, hackathons, and speaker sessions,” according to Google.
Individuals will also be able to watch live video of many of the sessions through Google Developers Live @ I/O, which will stream the keynotes, sessions and more straight from Moscone Center to the Web, according to Google. If you can’t watch live, you can see YouTube recordings of all sessions on Google Developers Live after the conference, according to Google.
For the first time ever, Google will provide group child care near Moscone West to conference attendees at no charge for children ages 6 weeks through 12 years.
At the 2012 I/O Conference last June, Google rolled out its Glass project, the latest Android Jelly Bean operating system, the Nexus 7 tablet and the Nexus Q Media Hub. The Nexus Q was a surprise announcement that introduced an entirely new small, bowling-ball-shaped media hub for the home controlled by an Android tablet or smartphone. Enhancements to Jelly Bean included improved performance, added search capabilities, voice typing that could be done offline and an improved notifications interface that let users respond to calendar reminders, emails and texts without having to open each of those applications.