Google is teases its I/O developer conference at the beginning of each year — especially the dates — with an elaborate alternate reality game (ARG). The puzzle of Google I/O 2020 is a project called “Collaboration of the Cosmos.”
This morning, the Google Developers account on Twitter unveiled the puzzle, saying “# GoogleIO is coming” and linking it to a puzzle about “Collaboration of the Cosmos” in space:
I / O ARGs have been an individual affair in the past, but 2020’s are highly collaborative and require people to work together to find the dates and locations for this year’s developer conference.
The latter has been the Shoreline Ampitheatre right next to the Googleplex headquarters in Mountain View, California since 2016, following years at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The conference, meanwhile, usually takes place in early May for three days.
The homepage has a progress indicator for the six different puzzles to be solved, called “Signal Strength.” If you “accept mission,” a “MISSION.LOG” dashboard is loaded which describes the puzzle of Google I/O 2020:
Featuring a command line interface — type “Help” to show all of them, enter “engage” tasks to find the “cluster name.” You can tap the satellites for clues.