Cracked - Date for Google I/O 2017
Written by Lucy Black   
Wednesday, 25 January 2017

It's around this time of year that Google announces the date and venue for its annual developer conference, Google I/O. This year it challenged devs to figure it out from a trail of clues.  

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The initial teaser appeared on the Google Developers Google+ site which attracted 20 shares and 61 likes.

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This led to a site established for the challenge which took the form of a scavenger hunt:

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Within hours, devs who had formed a Discord channel dedicated to the problem had solved the trail of clues which took them via a GitHub repo and an unlisted virtually visiting locations over the world. The next step was to assign the resulting country names to positions on a chess board and manipulate latter values as per the cryptic instructions.

Success was greeting with this message - revealing the date.

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The date and venue have now been confirmed as being May 17-19, the same mid-May, Wednesday to Friday slot as last year, and at the same venue, Shoreline Amphitheatre, contradicting rumors that it would return to San Fransisco's Moscone West Center.

 

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Having the conference in Google's "own backyard " for its 10th anniversary in 2016 proved a success in being able to accommodate a larger number of attendees although long queues resulted in some problems from heat stress.

While the I/O Website has now been updated to 2017, registration for the event hasn't opened yet. Judging from last year's calendar we can expect it to happen in early March. Meanwhile devs who were among the first to crack the puzzle are being rewarded with the chance of tickets for the event.

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