Attendee Guide

So you’ve decided to attend GIC? What’s next? With so many talks and side events it may be challenging to figure out where to start. We want to be sure that you will experience GIC in the most productive way. Below you can find some useful tips to help you prepare your trip.

We look forward to seeing you in Poznan in a few weeks for GIC!

  1. Getting There
  2. Registration and Badge Pickup
  3. GIC Week
  4. Networking
  5. Daycare for gamedev kids
  6. Internet Access
  7. Social Media
  8. Discover Poznan
  9. Emergency Phone Numbers
  10. Currency

 

Getting There

Poznan is the eastern neighbor of Berlin, located in the Greater Poland Voivodeship (Wielkopolska). It lies in the middle of the road from Berlin to Warsaw. It takes about 2.5 hours by train to reach Poznan from Berlin. The city is quite easily accessible from all around Europe. Below you can find some information on how to get here by plane, train, bus or car.

Air travel
Poznan Airport is located 7 km from the city centre, in the vicinity of the route leading directly to the major city points and next to the road out of Poznan to Berlin and Warsaw. A taxi or Uber might be the most comfortable way to get from the airport to the conference venue or to your hotel. The least expensive taxi operator is +48618222222. Run from the Airport should be around 8 €, shorter runs in the city are below 5 €. Uber can be a euro or two cheaper.

There are regular direct flights from the following cities:

  • Star Alliance Airlines (LOT, Lufthansa, SAS, etc.): Frankfurt, Lviv, Munich, Warsaw–Chopin
  • Scandinavian Airlines: Copenhagen
  • Ryanair: Athens, Barcelona-Girona, Bristol, Billund, Castellon (near Valencia), Dublin, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London–Stansted, Malta, Milan-Bergamo, Oslo-Torp, Tel Aviv
  • Wizz Air: Paris-Beauvais, Barcelona-El Prat, Birmingham, Dortmund, Doncaster/Sheffield, Eindhoven, Kiev, London–Luton, Malmö, Oslo-Torp, Stockholm–Skavsta

Train or bus
There are multiple trains and bus lines that offer prices starting from 10 euro. The travel time varies, but considering some of the popular directions it takes about: 2.5 hours from Berlin, 8 hours from Prague, 10 hours from Vienna or Amsterdam. Some of the train and bus lines are:

All trains arriving in Poznan stop at Poznań Główny railway station. The railway station is located in the city centre, just next to the Poznan International Fair venue (Międzynarodowe Targi Poznańskie). Passengers can get to the city by tram or bus. Train timetable information system: rozklad-pkp.pl.

Car
You can get to Poznan driving:

  • A2 highway – a charge is payable for using it (access from the west: direction from Berlin; access from the east direction: from Warsaw)
  • national routes: no. 92, no. 5 (Wroclaw – Gdansk) and no. 11 (Katowice – Kolobrzeg).

The city centre is covered by the Paid Parking Zone (more info). The fare is collected for each vehicle parked within the zone. Drivers pay the parking fee in parking meters located along streets in the city centre.

Public transport
You can check the schedules and find a route for all buses and trams using jakdojade.pl.

Travel guide
If you still can’t find the best connection, then we recommend you to check our travel guide or epodroznik site, where you can find timetables and book a ticket.

 

Registration and Badge Pickup

Once you buy the ticket, print or have it available on your mobile device. Scan the barcode to go inside the Poznan International Fair venue. The GIC venue is within the pavilion no. 15 (see our map). This is the place where you will find our registration desk and get your badge.

Opening hours:

  • October 12th (Friday), 2018 12:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • October 13h (Saturday), 2018 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • October 14th (Sunday), 2018 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

 

GIC Week

Among the typical conference days, you will have the opportunity to attend many side events. If you are interested in details, then they are available at GIC Week site.

Geek Week

Geek Week is a yearly game jam hosted by the Game Industry Conference, right before the main conference days.

Agenda
Complete agenda is available here: agenda. The general schedule is also available here.

Workshops
Workshops will be taking place during the conference. There are several of them to choose from. Keep in mind that due to limited capacity you need to register for every workshop you would like to attend. If you are interested in details check our workshops site.

Geek Careers
The Geek Careers is one of the newest additions to the GIC. It started in 2016, with seven companies searching for employees for their Polish and international offices. Looking for job opportunities? Make sure to visit our career zone.

The Big Indie Pitch & The PC Indie Pitch
Who hasn’t heard about The Big Indie Pitch or The PC Indie Pitch? We are thrilled that we will host these events at GIC. More details here: The Big Indie Pitch & The PC Indie Pitch

Best Game Video Award
Movies are an inseparable part of games. We would like to award and promote the best ones. Best Game Video Award is a contest for the best films (trailers, cutscenes, etc.) from games. Details are available at Best Game Video Award site.

Nordic Game Discovery
In collaboration with Nordic Games, Game Industry Conference will host Nordic Games Discovery Contest. More details about the event can be found here.

1on1 Mentoring
1on1 Mentoring is a series of mentoring sessions meant for anyone seeking expertise from the video game industry leaders. For more info, please visit this page.

Go to China! Pitch
Go to China! is a one more exciting pitching event that provides an opportunity to enter the Chinese game market. The speed dating format gives a team approx. 5 minutes with each panel of publishers. Details are available at Go to China! Pitch site.

Epic Game Music concert
An unforgettable evening of epic game music from video games, featuring CoOperate symphonic orchestra and AMU Academic choir. More details can be found here.

CEEGA
Central & Eastern European Game Awards is a new initiative to recognize and promote the best video games from the CEE yearly. CEEGA 2018 will be announced on October 13th during a big gala hosted by GIC together with Poznan Game Arena.

 

Networking

During GIC you will have many opportunities to connect with other gamedev professionals. First of all, if you are a Business Pass holder then be sure to get access to our MeetToMatch meetings system. This system will connect GIC’s attendees and exhibitors of the Poznan Game Arena and Indie Developer Zone.

Moreover, there will be some parties as usual but we will reveal more details a bit later.
In the end, remember to bring your business cards with you ;)

 

Daycare for gamedev kids

Ever wondered how to connect business opportunities during GIC while taking care of your little ones? We asked such question and as the result, we will provide a daycare for children. Why? Because we care. This option is available for GIC Developer or Business pass holders.

 

Internet Access

During GIC you will be able to use a dedicated wireless network. The network will be available for free at the conference venue, especially in lecture rooms, business lounge, etc. Devices supporting standard 802.11 b/g should be able to gain access. Moreover, we have to mention that it works great even under high load.

 

Social Media

GIC is on Twitter and Facebook! Connect with other attendees, get the latest news, post photos and tell us about your experience. Be sure to:

 

Discover Poznan

We encourage all attendees to take some time to discover our beautiful city. If you are interested in sightseeing Poznan make sure to check this site. This is a special offer for GIC passes holders.

 

Emergency Phone Numbers

General emergency number: 112

Direct emergency numbers:

  • 999 Ambulance
  • 998 Fire Brigade
  • 997 Police
  • 981 Road Assistance
  • 986 Municipal Police

 

Currency

The valid currency in Poland is Zloty (PLN).
1 Zloty (PLN) = 100 Groszy
1 EUR = approx. 4.2 PLN

All major foreign currencies may be exchanged for Polish money at a bank or exchange counter (Kantor).

Banks
Banks are normally open on working days between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

ATM
In Poland, many ATMs operate 24 hours a day. They can normally be found near such places as banks, railway stations, airports, supermarkets, town center, etc.

Payment by credit card
The use of credit cards in Poland is widely accepted. You can pay by card in supermarkets and most shops. However, there may be required a minimum value of the transaction (typically approx. 10 PLN). The most widely used cards are Europay International, MasterCard International, Visa International, and American Express.

 

 

Have fun!