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Chunky Fringe 2020

Information for exhibitors and panel hosts

(Updated 23-02-2020.)


General information

The room has been hired from 10am to 6pm. Allowing for visitors arriving early, and the final panel overrunning, you will have at least half an hour to set up and clear away.

You will be responsible for the security of your own equipment, though we will do our best to keep an eye on things if you need to leave them unattended for a few moments.

All mains-powered electrical equipment must have a current PAT certificate. If you don't have one, then we plan to book a qualified electrician, who can test your equipment as you arrive at 10am. Alternatively, bring a fully-charged laptop that can run on batteries alone, then we won't need to test it.

The WiFi was described as "quirky" last year, so if you need a reliable internet connection, then please bring your own phone or similar device with tethering.

Myself and/or the multi-talented Bill will be around most of the time to assist with your general enquiries, minor incidents, and announcements. Find us in the corner near the refreshments table.


One-third of the room, when empty. See here for a video tour.


Food & Drink

Please help yourselves to tea, coffee, water, and light snacks from the refreshments table.

Pizza will be provided shortly after 5pm, so please send us your orders in advance.


Exhibitors

We will provide you with half a 180cm by 75cm table, or a whole one if you need it, and one power socket. What goes on the table is up to you. Though we're expecting that this will mostly be about teletext and other forms pixel art, with a sprinkling of homebrew games, we'll consider anything that you're happy to share with the Digitiser crowd. Which might be drawings, crafts, cool stuff, niche obsessions, arcane technology, and probably many things we haven't even considered.

We hope to feature abilities ranging from seasoned exhibitionists to nervous amateurs, so that experience and enthusiasm can collide in an explosion of new talent, misplaced self-confidence, and awkwardly trying to remember the names of people you've just met. Unless you did meet them last year, then it would be even more awkward, if they hadn't forgotten your name too.

We especially welcome new exhibitors, because things would get a little stale otherwise. Please, don't be shy, and I'm sure that we can buddy you up with one of the seasoned professionals/loudmouths if that makes it easier.

There will be one spare projector at the far end of the room. We may need to use this for the panels if the main projector fails, but otherwise, it will available for exhibitors to share between themselves.


Panel hosts

We will provide you with at least two non-decorative microphones and a portable PA system, which will be set up near the projection screen, together with seats and tables for you. These will be available for checks and practice runs between panels, but starting with half of the equipment turned off is part of the fun.

We can provide you with a laptop to run a presentation and video clips on the projection screen, if you send us the files beforehand, so that we can check they run as expected. You may bring your own laptop, but please ensure that it has a VGA connection and a 3.5mm audio connection (via adapters is fine.)

The projector connection point is a few metres from the screen, so to avoid you having to work blind, or constantly twist around, we can provide somebody to move through your slides and video clips when you give them the nod. Please let us know if you need them, or just grab a passing software engineer.

We may record all of the panels, so please let us know if you or any of your panellists would rather not be recorded.


Questions

Interested in being an exhibitor, or anything else that you would like to know? Then please send an email to the address below. Thanks!


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