ReadWrite Essay Contest: Win A Chance To Attend Google I/O 2014

Want to attend Google I/O this year but didn’t get a chance to register?

ReadWrite is here to help.

Google’s I/O developer conference takes place June 26-28 in San Francisco. That’s right around the corner.

A lot of developers felt left out after Google instituted a lottery to randomly select developers who could attend. The system was controversial, but arguably better than previous years where tickets for I/O sold out in a matter of minutes. (Apple created a similar lottery for its Worldwide Developers Conference this year.) The end result, though, was that many interested developers did not make the cut.

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After the first round of notifications were sent to registration lottery winners, Google tallied up all of the RSVPs and realized that it still has some room left to invite developers to I/O this year. Google then reached out to ReadWrite and gave us 15 registration codes that we can pass on to our readers. 

What will we do with these precious invites? We decided to have a little contest. 

Tell Us What You’ll Build Next

At ReadWrite, we serve the creators of the world, and those inspired by their creations. The people who make it their mission in life to solve problems, build innovations, design beautiful software and hardware or practice imaginative moments of creative hackery fascinate us. 

We want to know how attending Google I/O will be helpful to you. If you are a developer or designer, security or cloud expert or IT professional, Glass Explorer, or passionate user of Google technologies, we want you to tell us what you will learn at Google I/O and how you’ll put it to use in the world.

If you want one of ReadWrite’s limited Google I/O registration codes, you can enter by submitting your information and writing a short essay (one paragraph) on why you want to attend I/O and what you expect to learn while you are there. See the contest rules below and please fill out the contest and essay on Google Docs here.

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In addition, ReadWrite will choose a few of the winners to follow around I/O to learn about your experience. Did Sergey Brin teach you how to take a selfie with Google Glass? What sessions did you attend? Who did you meet? What did you learn? If your Google I/O experience was fruitful and interesting, we may publish it on ReadWrite.

The ReadWrite Google I/O team will include Editor-in-Chief Owen Thomas, Mobile Editor & Senior Writer Dan Rowinski and Senior Writer Adriana Lee. Come hang out with us at I/O and tell us all about your experience.


Last year, Sergey Brin himself taught us how to take a selfie with Google Glass.

Please See The Rules & Requirements To Enter ReadWrite’s Google I/O Registration Code Contest

  • ReadWrite, Say Media and Google will NOT pay any of the costs of your Google I/O registration or attendance. ReadWrite will provide a registration code from Google. Please see the Google I/O registration page here. You will be responsible for the $900 registration fee and any travel and hotel accommodations.
  • Please fill out your information and short essay on the Google Doc entry form here
  • If you are chosen by ReadWrite, we will send you an email with your registration code and instructions on how to sign up.
  • You must adhere to all of Google’s regulations for attending Google I/O. You must be at least 15 years old (with a parental consent form if you are a minor). You must sign up with your Google+ profile and pay with Google Wallet. Tickets are only available for the original registrant and are non-transferable.
  • ReadWrite asks that you be actively employed or involved in the creation of technology, either hardware or software, as an engineer, developer, designer etc. 
  • Deadline to submit your essay to ReadWrite is Sunday, June 8 at 11:00 p.m. PST.
  • If you are chosen by ReadWrite, you must register by 11:59 p.m. PST on June 9. Registration codes will be invalid after that time and date.
  • Judging of the essay contest will be performed by the ReadWrite staff and winners are chosen at their discretion.

Update: The contest has closed and the winners have been notified with registration codes. We had more than 100 submissions from all around the world from indie developers to some of Google’s biggest competitors. Thanks to everyone that submitted an essay.

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