Google I/O is an annual developer conference hosted by the search engine giant, and featuring a large number of announcements from Google’s many divisions. While much of the event targets developers, Google I/O offers a sneak peek into all things Google, which can be fascinating for anyone interested in the sprawling internet empire that is Google.

This year’s I/O will specifically focus on platforms such as Android, on development for Android, mobile payment innovations, and on Internet of Things. On the menu for I/O will be announcements on Google Assistant, AI, and VR, and news on Pixel devices. There will also be a lot to hear about Google’s IoT efforts as innovation moves past smartphones and into smart ‘things’. Google Home will feature prominently at the conference, as will Daydream VR, Android apps on Chrome OS, and Android Wear. It all promises to be very exciting.

From a previous Google I/O conference in the US. Image courtesy techspot.com

While most people around the world cannot attend the conference held at the Shoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View, California, I/O Extended events are hosted around the world to bring together local developer communities to experience the I/O keynote speech and the sessions with each other in real-time across the globe. This year will mark the eleventh edition of Google’s developer conference. In 2016, there were over 600 I/O Extended events hosted around the world, and in 2017, the official Google I/O Extended will be hosted in Sri Lanka by Dialog Axiata and Google Developer Group Sri Lanka on the May 17 and 18 at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Sirimavo Hall.

The Google I/O Extended event powered by Dialog and GDG Sri Lanka is designed to be the biggest tech event in the country. Apart from the live stream of the Google I/O 2017 main event straight from Google HQ, the event itself with feature entertainment items and an extraordinary innovation engagement with all the latest tech in the country. Everything from the newest innovations to the biggest tech players will make their presence felt at the event, and some of the highest profiled personalities in the tech sphere, both locally and internationally, will speak at the event. Through the live stream of the Google conference, attendees will be the first to hear the latest announcements of Google devices, services, and the newest features.

This year more than 3,000 participants are expected to attend the event, from all parts of the country.

To keep track of news related to Google I/O Extended, follow the GDG Sri Lanka Facebook page or their website. Google I/O Extended is powered by Dialog and Ideamart.

Stay tuned to Roar Tech for more updates on the event.