In general I think all sold out/exclusive events should do this kind of thing; it raises hype, makes the people who get a ticket for normal price feel like they got a deal, and helps the charity. Anyone willing to spend e.g. $10k of their own or a company's money to attend is likely to have some value at the event as well (investor? lawyer?).
You don't want to do this for all the tickets, or even a large number of tickets, because having all 5k people be from Fortune 500 companies willing to spend $5k/ticket makes it a lot less interesting than an event with mostly independent developers, but 100 out of 5000 isn't going to change things much, either.
You can also make passing a small programming test a requirement.
But you also want a few key journalists, and you want designers and other non-programming types: you can't make exceptions for them re: this hypothetical test, because then it calls into question the purpose of this test.
I think they should just sell the tickets, first-come, first-served. Keep the price reasonable, but high enough to discourage people from buying them "just because".
There are plenty of rich tech people. If I were worth >$100mm, and couldn't get in on the drop, I'd probably be ok donating $10k (well, moving another charitable contribution for the year up to this) for a ticket.
I don't think Jay-Z is likely to want to attend.
Ruben Orduz - +Google Developers No pre-registration for past attendees? Also confirmation about no test for registration would be much appreciated.
Google Developers - Just to confirm, registration will be first come, first served on March 27th. We spent a lot of time thinking about this and decided that first come, first served is the fastest and fairest way to give everyone interested a chance to attend.
I mean, hey, I'm not complaining but wow. Take a look at that inflation. I only mention it because when I was forced to sign up for Google Wallet they presented me a list of my transaction history. And there it was staring me in the face in all its inflationary glory. Maybe they will mandate that people must wear only Googly colors or use their gmail emails to sign up... Oh, right.
Percentage-wise it doesn't work out, but there is a (possible) method to the madness.
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I would guess it's because of the color palette maybe? GIF was only 256 colors last I used it (over a decade ago). SO maybe they tried a gif animation, noticed some weird looking graphical artifacts because of the color difference from background to foreground. Then decided use a JPG sprite sheet instead for more colors?
I know Apple charges a developer fee as well.
Amazing how this hacker/developer world works - pay for access to their app stores, pay for conferences to learn how to make apps for their app stores, etc.
Also, said developers are planning to make money with these new skills, in addition to networking, I think most people find it well worth it or they wouldn't attend.
If anyone wants to sponsor a fellow HNer, I'll give you a bunch of digital Karma :)
I'm curious at $900 of just how much they plan to give out this time.
Apparently, they did get rich by giving stuff away...
It was poorly received as I dont think people saw that SteveJabs and Appel were both in parody...
This will be the first time I won't even bother to register. Too much money.
They could say there are no giveaways, but nobody's going to listen to the boy who cried wolf anymore.
Of course adding one more day to a two day conference doesn't double your costs, but I'd image that Google is taking into account inflation as well as just trying to increase their profit margin (though taking into account the amount of hardware they give out they give out to attendees does indicate that they're also trying to limit the audience to actual developers).
Similarly, shouldn’t they make us excited to try Google Wallet on these phones, as opposed to forcing us to prepare ahead of time? I mean, if they are still going for a non-evil not-just-another-BigCo vibe.
- There seems to be several bounding box issues for collision detection. Specifically, the track component affects the surrounding space in odd ways.
- If you move a small component inside the radius of a larger component, there appears to be no way to select the smaller component without moving the larger component back out of the way. I was expecting a "click again to select the next object in the z-order" functionality.
A GDC All Access pass is $1,950, and a GDC Main Conference pass (typical) is $1,350.
And Joel Spolsky's "Business of Software" conference is $1600 for two days, and Microsoft's PDCs were $2200 for 3 days.
This is about 1/2 of the market rate for major multi-day tech conferences.
edit: looks like you might need to open up in incognito to go straight to the machine I built (2 parts)
Sadly it looks like there's a bug in Google's saving code, so there's an extra (completely unnecessary) wall.
If you're going to share your output, make sure that what you're sharing is what you saved!
Edit: And on top of that, it depends on your screen size. Hopefully the registration system doesn't have as many problems!
Seems difficult to design and share if ball behaviour changes run to run. Unless that is part of the point - simulating real world user input ;)
Part of your registration may be to checkout a Google Code project in the language of your choice and run the resulting program with a prequalification code they give you.
That would be unfortunate if you're trying to register on your phone, but they could easily just mention in advance on Google+ that you're going to need to be on a desktop computer.