This year, registration cost $450-$550 depending on the dates attended. But don't let the price stop you from going. After all, Google has been known to pass out free devices to those who have registered for the event. Back in 2010, attendees had a choice between the Motorola DROID and the Nexus One, the two hottest Android handsets at the time. This year, 5,000 Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 copies were distributed to those at the event, some of which ended up for sale on eBay.
Keep your eye open for a special app for the event from Google as the software is made available a week or two before the event. Last year, the app, listed in the Android Market, offered a schedule of keynote speeches, late changes to the schedule and a map of the venue. A real-time Twitter feed kept users abreast of the outside world's response to announcements made at the conference. With all of this information, you might have a shot at buying one of the hottest tickets in tech before the ducats are all gone.