Here's a glimpse at what the first outdoor Google I/O was like

Sunburns, loud music, and giant art installations: This year's Google I/O felt like a mixture of a developer's conference and a music festival.

This year, Google did something entirely different with Google I/O than it has in years past. Rather than host it inside the stuffy, fluorescent-lighted halls of the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco, it took place 40 miles away at an outside concert venue in Mountain View. The result—for me, at least—was a hoard of sunburned developers slogging through 90-degree heat.

But regardless of the weather, the massive venue afforded Google plenty of space to set up tents for sessions and art installations. Its other products were also on display, like Project Loon and the self-driving car, and there were even tents devoted to some of the smaller, lesser-known programs, like’s Impact Challenge.

After hours, the Shoreline transformed into a very mild rave of sorts, with neon lights galore and delicious food trucks on standby to feed hungry developers. This year’s Google I/O felt like less of a developer’s conference, and more like a developer’s festival. Take a peak at the video above to get more of a glimpse at how much fun this year’s I/O attendees had. 

This story, "Here's a glimpse at what the first outdoor Google I/O was like" was originally published by Greenbot.

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