Google I/O 2008 was $300,
Google I/O 2009 was $325 (got a free HTC magic pre-release ROI higher than ticket price),
Google I/O 2010 was $350, (got a free HTC EVO pre-release, and a Moto Droid - ROI higher than ticket price),
Google I/O 2011 was $450.(got a free Samsung 10.1" Galaxy Tab pre-release, and a ChromeOS laptop RTM - ROI higher than ticket price),
Microsoft wants $1600-$2000 a ticket with no obvious return on investment?
Why is Microsoft sending Bizspark participants $200 off coupons to WPC and no discount for BUILD?
WPC is only $750 - the $200 for participants
Enter code: WPXXPXX during registration
Apparently 12k people already signed up. And no, I am not going (why would I)
Why the huge discount for WPC and no discount to BUILD?
The BUILD ticket price is no way competitive with Google what so ever in any way.
It's not even competitive with the $595 WPC price, so wtf?
Does the Microsoft brand name merit the extra $1000+ by itself? Not for me. There's no way to tell your employer that there's an ROI on this conference.