Want to attend Google I/O? You’re not alone. Many clamor at the opportunity to be part of Google’s annual conference, with many new announcements and fun Developer workshops to take advantage of. Unlike past conferences, 2014’s version is not a race to press F5 and pay, but it’s still up to chance.

Sign-ups start today, and run through the end of the week. Rather than doing the server-crushing dance we’re used to, Google instead opted to let us sign up over the course of a few days. After that, we’re still subject to the luck of the draw, with Google now letting us in via a “lottery” system.

The cost for attending is $900 for general admission, and $300 for academic. If you think you can sneak in as a student, it may not be so easy — Google notes you must be “an active full-time student, professor, faculty or staff at a high school or higher education institution”, and will need to provide adeqaute credentials to prove you’re a student when you pick your badge up on-site. If you don’t have the proper ID (student ID, transcripts, etc.), you may be turned away — and out $300.

The conference takes place June 25 and 26 at the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco. Registration hasn’t started at the time we publish this article, but keep an eye on the Google I/O page (source link, below) if you’re ready to sign up. Keep in mind that a pre-authorization will be placed on your credit card on file with Google Wallet, but not charged until you are actually accepted to attend.

Source: Google I/O