Unlike Jupiter’s Io, which completes its orbit every 2 days, Google I/O only comes around once a year. Thousands of people register, and a select number are chosen at random. This year, Michael, Saad, and I were lucky enough to get tickets (hmm…maybe I should play the lottery)!
While Michael has attended I/O in the past, this was a first for Saad and me. We went in not quite knowing what to expect, which only added to the excitement for us.
At AgileBits, we primarily work remotely, so we don’t often get the chance to see each other face to face and just talk. Sure, we can chat on Slack, but it’s also nice to be able to talk in person and riff off of each other.
So meeting up with Saad and Michael for Google I/O led to some of the most informative and productive conversation I’ve had lately. I handle customer support, while they mainly handle development, so we can often have different perspectives on issues and priorities. We hash things out over phone calls and chat regularly, but it’s nothing like putting our heads together and talking til the wee hours, face to face.
Of course the best part about Google I/O, the reason thousands make the trek to Silicon Valley every year, is seeing all the talks and all the new things! I’d watched some I/O keynote and session videos in the past, but nothing quite captures the energy of seeing it live.
Suffice it to say we were super excited for the Google Keynote and the Developer Keynote. There were some fun announcements that got us chatting about the opportunities opened up by all of this great technology. And speaking of opportunities, Google had a chance to tell us which sweet Android O will be named after (Oreo?), but instead they teased us with “Oh no, we’re out of time!” I guess we’ll find out soon enough. 😉
We saw lots of talks on Android architecture, and an interesting one on Kotlin. They were super informative. I was really excited to see all the VR/AR advancements, and we got to play around with them a bit during demos.
The best talk for us was the talk on Autofill in Android O. We’ve got a bit of a special interest in that topic, and we were thrilled to be featured in their presentation. I think the three of us were a little too giddy about seeing our name up there.
On Thursday night, after the presentations and other activities had wrapped up for the day, LCD Soundsystem put on a show in the Shoreline Amphitheatre. This being my first I/O, I had no idea there was going to be a show. It was quite a nice surprise! They handed out glitter makeup pens on the way in, so the three of us got dolled up and headed in to see the band.
At one point, James Murphy, the band’s frontman, said, “This one’s for the lovers,” which was greeted with absolute silence. I cracked up at the thought of all of us in the audience–tech industry geeks who were mostly there with coworkers. He followed that with, “This one’s for all the lonely people?” That one got the applause he was looking for.
All in all, it was a great week. I’m so glad I got to experience Google I/O for the first time. It’s always a blast when we get the band back together, and it was absolutely worthwhile to fantasize about the future of the platform and what it means for 1Password.