Google Product conference

Over the past several years, Google has been holding an increasingly broadening "developers meetup". Two years ago it was Geo Dev Day, last year they just had Developer Day.

This year, they've decided to follow other industry giants and hold a full-on, pay-to-play, conference: Google I/O.

It's an interesting move for Google, who's tools are almost all open and free to use. The community has gotten large enough where there is a market for paying to attend their event and at least cover their cost of employees answering (often innane) questions about how to get more web traffic and AdSense revenues. By charging a fee it also limits attendance to something reasonable.

The agenda also includes what they are calling "lightning 20 minute 'unconference' sessions" - where attendees "vote" on topics they want to hear presented by other attendees. I think that sentence could have included a couple more buzz-words.

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Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.