After its complete cancellation last year, Google announced today that Google I/O 2021 will be virtual and free to participate. This developer conference is the company’s largest event of the year and will be held from May 18th to 20th.
Google I/O 2021 will feature consumer and developer keynote speeches, focusing on “company and product news”, followed by technical conferences, with the topic “product announcements and how to adopt new features.” These activities will be arranged in a three-day event and can be provided on demand. The full lineup will be available in late April.
Users must register for a seminar guided by an instructor with a question-and-answer function, and the “Any Questions (AMA)” course will be an opportunity to ask Google product experts.
Gathering-“a casual, open, and convenient forum hosted by Google that enables participants to connect”-also requires registration and reservations. There will also be:
- An interactive sandbox is provided in I/O Adventure, allowing developers to try out Google’s new products and features through hands-on experience.
- Codelabs and Learning Pathways are always-on self-service learning experiences that can help you adopt Google technology.
Registration is now open and provides access to real-time Q&A during sessions, seminars, Any Questions (AMA) sessions, personalized content, badges, and chats in I/O Adventure.
In terms of virtualization, Google I/O follows Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC, June 7-11) and Microsoft Build (May 25-27). It is usually held at the Coastline Amphitheater in Mountain View opposite the Googleplex headquarters.
The main stage of the concert venue is used for keynote speeches and other large-scale speeches, while the parking lot is covered by tents.
Because of COVID-19 and surrounding restrictions, Google took unprecedented steps last year and did not hold any events. The Android team did hold several weeks of events later in the summer, while other teams held smaller events.