Scavenger hunt reveals Google I/O 2018 will run from 8-10 May

So, with MWC 2018 beginning to loom, Google has begun teasing about another huge tech event – its annual Developer Conference, or Google I/O as you may know it. This year, the conference will run from 8 – 10 May and returns to the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Google’s hometown, Mountain View. 

The Google Developer’s Twitter account posted a tweet with a clue in the binary code language, that when deciphered gives up a Google Maps page that offers to take you behind the scenes of I/O 2018. From there, you are led to the reception area of a Google Developer’s office, where you can check out further clues to move to the next step. If you want to have a go at the clues by yourself, click here to begin your journey. If you just want to skip through, I’ve inserted the answers to the clues, found by this group on Discord, at the bottom of the article.

The clues range from an upside-down pineapple cake to sushi, to a chess board and even a painting, among others. After finding all the answers to the clues, there is a final puzzle called the Coin Decodertron 1018 where you have to match up the symbols to access the path to the final answer.

It’s thought that, like last year when Android O was shown off for the first time, that we’ll also see Android P make its début, and no doubt Google Assistant will also be front and center during the conference. Will we see the much-anticipated Fuchsia OS? Who knows, it’s always a possibility, but likely not a probability.

As promised, here are the answers to the clues and the Coin Decodertron 1018 puzzle.

  • Clue #1: Navigate to Google.com/io on your favorite browser
  • Clue #2: Iwata, which is Mountain Views twin city in Japan
  • Clue #3: 01 60 80 are the numbers we seek
  • Clue #4: Yam. Yup, it’s that simple.
  • Clue #5: ‘Aeschylus‘, his picture is on the wall next to the door
  • Clue #6: Match the symbols on the Coin Decodertron 1018 as shown below:

Source: Google Developers (Twitter)
Clue Answers: Discord Group


About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 around in his pockets. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).