Exhibitor Update #4: GDEX Weekend!

Hey All!

Last but not least, let’s talk about the weekend! Before I go too in depth, you can read a more comprehensive version of this information in the Exhibitor Weekend Info Guide. It’s just one part of the large event guide you should have received when you paid for your booth, but it is a compact way to learn more about events happening throughout the weekend.

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Friday 9/28

Load-In: 11:00-7:00pm
Greater Columbus Convention Center

(Note: Docks Close at 6pm)

Load in is easy enough! The dock opens at 11am, we’ll have volunteers on site that will walk you through the process.
You can view a more thorough explanation of our Load In procedures in our Exhibitor Weekend Guide!

Note: ISE Booths and Artist Tables are not required for Friday Load-In.

However, they are strongly encouraged to, as we require all exhibitors to be setup and ready by 9:45 on Saturday. If an Artist or ISE exhibitor elects to not participate on Friday Load-In, then they must load in through the front of the Exhibit Hall starting at 9am on Saturday.

Dev Day: 10:00am-6:00pm
Greater Columbus Convention Center

Held the day before the show floor opens, September 29th, 2017, Dev Day provides those that really want to get into Game Development a chance to learn from some of the best GDEX has to offer.  Each Dev Day session will be 1.5 - 3 hours long, with intermediate to advanced topics on art, programming, design and music.

This is a separate event from GDEX, and tickets can be purchased in addition to the Weekend Pass. Exhibitors can receive a discounted pass to dev day at our Exhibitor Addon Page.

Kick-Off Party: 7:00pm-11:00pm
Granero Lounge

Come join us Friday night, September 29th, and start the GDEX weekend off right.  This is a great opportunity to meet other exhibitors and speakers before the expo starts.  The Kickoff party is a laid back environment where people can have a drink and get ready for the awesome weekend ahead!  We’ll have a variety of great activities and there’s always fun to be had.

This is a separately ticketed event. You can either purchase the base ticket from our GDEX Ticket Page, or a discounted Premier Pass, which includes a shirt and the Kick-Off Party from the Add-On Website.

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www.thegdex.com/exhibitors/addons

Saturday 9/29

Exhibitor Setup: 9:00am-10:00am
Greater Columbus Convention Center

The show floor opens one hour early for exhibitors to prep their booths and get ready. All Exhibitors are expected to be ready to present by 9:45.

Show Floor Hours: 10:00am-6:00pm
Greater Columbus Convention Center

GDEX is on! Go impress some people with your awesome projects, and maybe slip in a panel or two if you have the chance :)

Exhibitor Mixer: 6:30pm-8:00pm
Park Street Cantina

The GDEX Exhibitor Mixer is an exclusive event for exhibitors, All Access, and Premier pass holders.  This is an opportunity for exhibitors to get to know each other, and for All Access and Premier pass holders to meet the Exhibitors without the stress of large crowds.  There will be food and drinks available, as well as plenty of space to relax.

Note: Entry into this event is included with your Exhibitor Badge. Go have fun :)

AbleGamers Happy Hour: 6:00pm-8:00pm
16-Bit Bar + Arcade

To cool for the Exhibitor Mixer? Than go hang out with our friends at the AbleGamers as they showcase the Xbox Adaptive controller at 16 Bit! New for GDEX 2018, it’s the official event we’re sending our attendees to once the show floor closes, so if you want to meet more potential fans for your game, this will be a great place to do it!

Dance Party: 8:00pm-11:00pm
Park Street Cantina

Come join us to celebrate the first day of GDEX.  There will be DJ Sets and and plenty of fools on the dance floor; you won’t find a better way to spend your Saturday night! Space is limited and entrance is based on first come - first serve.  All access and Premier ticket holders will get priority entry for the first hour of the event. You must be 21 or older to attend this event.

SUPER IMPORTANT NOTE: I’m opening the night, so I better see you there :)

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Sunday 9/30

Exhibitor Setup: 9:00am-10:00am
Greater Columbus Convention Center

The show floor opens one hour early for exhibitors to prep their booths and get ready. All Exhibitors are expected to be ready to present by 9:45.

Show Floor Hours: 10:00am-6:00pm
Greater Columbus Convention Center

GDEX is on! Go impress some people with your awesome projects, and maybe slip in a panel or two if you have the chance :)

GDEX Awards: 6:00pm-6:30pm
Greater Columbus Convention Center

Following up from my last email: this is when the Awards ceremony will take place! If you don’t want to deal with the craziness of Load Out, go hang out in the Main Theater and sit on the edge of your seat while we present our annual GDEX Awards! Don’t forget to apply for the Playvue Crowd Favorite award below!

Load Out: 9:00am-10:00am
Greater Columbus Convention Center

This is the big one! You’ve made it through the weekend. It’s time to go sleep! Our load out process is all new this year, and pretty in-depth, so please review our Weekend Guide to help you prep for leaving. You will also be handed the Load Out Page with your exhibitor packet, and Volunteers will have extras on hand on Sunday so that you will be aware of what’s happening!

So I think that’s everything! As always let me know if you have any questions about what’s going on. Otherwise I’ll see you tomorrow!

<3
-Cody

Cody Starcher