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Google I/O 2016 in pictures: What happens when you make nerds go outside

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Alex Blair
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I'm going on my fifth year in this tech reporting game, and Google I/O 2016 is the only time I've been handed sunglasses, sunscreen, and a protective bandana as part of the welcome pack when I registered at an event.

Google's big developer conference this year isn't being held in its normal location at the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco—it was moved to the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Google's hometown of Mountain View.

The keynote actually happened in the amphitheatre, and the rest of it was spread out into various ticket and concession booths and the sprawling parking lots surrounding the venue.

The worst that can be said of the weather is that it was a little hot the first day and a little windy the second day.

The outdoor venue gives you near-limitless space compared to the Moscone Center, which both Google and Apple have long since outgrown, but the actual tents that the developer sessions were held in were too small for every developer to attend every session that they wanted to attend it also didn't help that the tents were all erected in the parking lot, subjecting those standing in line to the scorching blacktop as well as the 80-something-degree heat .

I've attempted to capture in pictures what it's like when the biggest event on Google's calendar gets moved to an all-new location—it's sort of like a music festival where fewer people are smoking jazz cigarettes and more people are talking about APIs.

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