Photo gallery: The Google I/O party

Curious about the lavish (at least by trade show standards) party Google threw for the 3,000 attendees at the Google I/O conference? See some of what went on.

A DJ mixed music on stage.
A DJ mixed music on stage. Stephen Shankland/CNET News.com

OK, all you coders toiling in obscurity, are you wondering how the other half lives--the programmers who live the glam rich Internet application lifestyle, ditching Win32 and C++ for Web-based APIs and Python?

A few hundred of them were to be found at the party this week at the Google I/O conference, and I couldn't resist taking some photos. I've been to a lot of trade show parties, and although this wasn't over the top, it was certainly more lavish than the usual rubber-chicken-and-Heineken affair.

What would a Google party be without WiFi? Plenty of people were typing away during the festivities.
What would a Google party be without Wi-Fi? Plenty of people were typing away during the festivities. Stephen Shankland/CNET News.com

For the event, Google packed Moscone West's third-floor auditorium with games and food--I overcame my fears of Moscone-induced illness and found the sushi tasty--but the real draw clearly was a concert by the witty New Zealand duo, the Flight of the Conchords.

The party had two flowing chocolate fountains with strawberries and other snacks for dipping.
The party had two flowing chocolate fountains with strawberries and other snacks for dipping. Stephen Shankland/CNET News.com

As usual, the concert was better if you already knew the words. I hesitate to acknowledge that I first encountered the band on YouTube (which had better audio than Moscone) but failed to notify the authorities of the possibility of copyright infringement.

About 3,000 people attended the show, said Vic Gundotra , Google's vice president of engineering in charge of developer evangelism and open-source software. Gundotra seemed to be having a good time at the party--at least until he heard about the binary encoding typo that meant the conference T-shirts read "Google KO" rather than "Google IO."

The conference was alive and kicking. Many sessions were packed to overflowing. It's not clear if the draw was Google's clout or the hunger for information about building rich Web applications, but interest there was.

For those who couldn't be attend, Google plans to post videos of the sessions on the Google I/O Web site in the next week or two.

Among the presentations I joined, I found the most interesting to be Jeff Dean's on the inner workings of Google's data centers ; Marissa Mayer's on Google search , and the several talks on Google Gears software to augment browser abilities.

Forthwith, some pictures.

Jemaine Clement, left, and Bret McKenzie form the musical comedy act called the Flight of the Conchords.
Jemaine Clement, left, and Bret McKenzie form the musical comedy act called the Flight of the Conchords. Stephen Shankland/CNET News.com

Bean-bag chairs can offer respite after a packed day of sessions on APIs, the Google Web Toolkit, HTML, OpenSocial, and open-source software.
Bean-bag chairs can offer respite after a packed day of sessions on APIs, the Google Web Toolkit, HTML, OpenSocial, and open-source software. Stephen Shankland/CNET News.com

A member of the Android phone target market checks e-mail during the party.
A member of the Android phone target market checks e-mail during the party. Stephen Shankland/CNET News.com

Still life with tchotchkes. Nerd toys such as Lego bricks and Rubik's cubes were on hand at the show.
Still life with tchotchkes. Nerd toys such as Lego bricks and Rubik's cubes were on hand at the show. Stephen Shankland/CNET News.com

A partygoer awaits the Flight of the Conchords show.
A partygoer awaits the Flight of the Conchords show. Stephen Shankland/CNET News.com

Jemaine Clement of the Flight of the Conchords
Jemaine Clement of the Flight of the Conchords Stephen Shankland/CNET News.com

Bret McKenzie of the Flight of the Conchords
Bret McKenzie of the Flight of the Conchords Stephen Shankland/CNET News.com

The Flight of the Conchords got a lot of laughs from the crowd.
The Flight of the Conchords got a lot of laughs from the crowd. Stephen Shankland/CNET News.com

Plenty of people lined up to shoot a little pool.
Plenty of people lined up to shoot a little pool. Stephen Shankland/CNET News.com

Air hockey afficionados whacked plastic pucks to their hearts' content.
Air hockey afficionados whacked plastic pucks to their hearts' content. Stephen Shankland/CNET News.com

The Google I/O colored party lights deviated from the standard Google hues.
The Google I/O colored party lights deviated from the standard Google hues. In the background, Wii bowling. Stephen Shankland/CNET News.com

The beer flowed freely at the party.
The beer flowed freely at the party. Stephen Shankland/CNET News.com

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Stephen Shankland has been a reporter at CNET since 1998 and covers browsers, Web development, digital photography and new technology. In the past he has been CNET's beat reporter for Google, Yahoo, Linux, open-source software, servers and supercomputers. He has a soft spot in his heart for standards groups and I/O interfaces.

 

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