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Google hands out $500 in cloud credit to all I/O attendees

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Google had plenty of gifts for folks who went to its I/O 2014 developer conference.

In addition to some wearable goodies — attendees could choose between an LG G Watch or a Samsung Gear smartwatch — the tech giant doled out $500 in credit for its Google Cloud Platform, according to an email Google sent out to attendees today.

It’s a cute way for developers to feel more compelled to try out the Google public cloud services they heard about during the conference, with forthcoming features like an on-the-fly data-processing service, an application debugger, and a monitoring tool.

Google has been trying to add customers quickly as it competes hard with the likes of Microsoft’s Azure infrastructure as a service and the leader of the market, Amazon Web Services.

At the bottom of today’s “thanks for coming” email, Google left a bit of a treat for developers who dropped as much as $900 on their I/O 2014 tickets:

P.S. Google Cloud Platform is offering all I/O participants $500 in credit to build your web or mobile app. To get started, follow the three steps below:

1. Go to g.co/cloudstarterpack
2. Click Apply Now
3. Complete the form with code: GoogleIO

Google clarified that the credit expires after three months and — sorry, Bitcoin fans — can’t be used to mine some sweet, sweet cryptocurrency. It can, however, be used to manage your database and storage servers, assuming you want Google to handle that.

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Jinsu Mathew
Jinsu Mathew

Amazon offers free tier usage for one year for all users, thats what made all those startups learn and build infrastructure on their cloud. Google is still expensive for startup ecosystem