Google IO Developer Conference Dates and registration (gulp) was announced.
The ominous part: "We'll be implementing a new system, where you can submit your interest to attend Google I/O 2014. Successful applicants will then be randomly selected and notified shortly thereafter." This sentence raised the anxiety level of the geek world exponentially yesterday (we tend to be an anxious bunch anyway).
I welcome changes to the registration process which has historically been frustratingly bad.
I am hoping the process will require some bare minimum requirement (maybe have to write a short paragraph about why you should go) and maybe filter based on "Googliness" (apps in the Play store, member of your local GDG ( hint ;-) ), or have a minimum number of followers on G+\YouTube). Knowing that I can get my name on the list, and actually enter a lottery is a welcome improvement (as opposed to the "lottery" of failed web-services in years past).