GDEX is the convention dedicated to a love of games and creative technology, located in Columbus, Ohio.  GDEX features a weekend expo showcase, combined with presentation sessions, artist alleys, raffles, tournaments, and Charity events. The GDEX expo is a curated showcase of some of the most exciting up and coming developers so that you can see the latest games before anyone else!

GDEX started in 2013 as a community event to bring together Ohio game developers to Connect with each other, Share their projects and technologies, and Learn from each other as well as industry professionals. It has since grown into the Premier event of its kind in the Midwest, drawing an audience from across the country with unrivaled quality in educational sessions and opportunities for individuals and small businesses to accelerate their growth. There truly is no other event like GDEX in the Midwest, and we are proud to be a part of making the community and industry in the area.



  • 3,000+ estimated turnstyle attendees from across the country

  • 77,000+ Square Feet Expo showfloor

  • 125+ developers/teams showcasing the latest games and products

  • Weekend full of great speakers and workshops from all aspects of the industry

  • GDEX Dev Day is a one of a kind all day in-depth STEAM learning experience for professionals and students

  • Great support from sponsors both within and outside the industry make GDEX an amazing event

  • Awesome tournaments and raffles featuring unique prizes benefiting our charity partners

  • Helped raise over $150,000 raised for Extra Life and the AbleGamers Charity since GDEX began


2018 STATS

  • 59% of guests said that GDEX was their first ever convention

  • 52% of attendees said GDEX was the only convention they go to each year

  • 44% of attendees were students (Middle-High School, Higher Education)

  • 33% were ages 18-24, 43% were 25-34, 20% were 35 and older

  • 60% Non-Developers / 40% Developers (professional, amateur, student)




Greater Columbus Convention Center

400 North High Street

Columbus, OH 43215



2018 GDEX Board of Advisors

Chris Volpe

Executive Director • Chairman of the Board


Cody Starcher

Lead Organizer • Director of Exhibitors


Laura Lee Cooper

Lead Organizer • Director of Volunteers

  Wesley Adams   Member  •  Community Relations

Wesley Adams
Member Community Relations

Henry Bawden
Member • Educational Coordination


Alexandra Conley
Member  Marketing & Promotion 


Steve Hamaker
Member • Artist Representation


Sarah Kyne
Member • Student Representation


Shane Osbourne
Member • Sponsorship Acquisition

Special Thanks

Danielle Miller • Josh Miller • Ryan Schick