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 for GIC!
- Getting There
- Registration and Badge Pickup
- GIC Week
- Daycare for gamedev kids
- Internet Access
- Social Media
- Discover Poznan
- Emergency Phone Numbers
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.
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 app driving might be the most comfortable way to get from the airport to the conference venue or to your hotel. Apps working in PoznaĹ„ are Uber, Bolt and FreeNow. The least expensive taxi operator is +48618222222. Run from the Airport should be around 9 â‚¬, shorter runs in the city are below 5 â‚¬. 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, Munich, Warsaw
- Scandinavian Airlines: Copenhagen
- Ryanair: Alicante, Amman, Barcelona – Girona, Billund, Birmingham, Bristol, Brussels – Charleroi, Budapest, Cagliari, Cork, Dublin, Edinburgh, Helsinki, Corfu, Leeds – Bradford, Liverpool, London – Stansted, Malta – Luqa, Manchester, Milan – Bergamo, Oslo – Torp, Palma de Mallorca, Paris – Beauvais, Pula, Rome – Ciampino, Stockholm, Venice – Treviso, Zadar
- Wizz Air: Burgas, Eindhoven, London, Oslo – Torp, Paris, Paris – Orly, Split
- KLM: Amsterdam
Train or bus
Multiple trains and bus lines 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 PoznaĹ„ GĹ‚Ăłwny railway station. The railway station is located in the city centre, just next to the Poznan International Fair venue (MiÄ™dzynarodowe Targi PoznaĹ„skie). Passengers can get to the city by tram or bus. Train timetable information system: rozklad-pkp.pl.
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.
You can check the schedules and find a route for all buses and trams using jakdojade.pl.
Registration and Badge Pickup
Once you buy the ticket, you will be invited to the conference app that you should download to your mobile device. The app will contain your ticket and QR-code.
At GIC you do not need to stress about badge pickup, the QR-code in the app works as your badge everywhere. So if you need to run for a meeting or talk before picking up your badge… your welcome.
The GIC venue is within the Poznan Congress Centre (see our map). This is the place where you will find our registration desk and get your badge. The badge pickup will start on Thursday afternoon.
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.
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.
Yet Another Pitching Event
Exciting pitching event that provides an opportunity to show your games to publishers and investors. The speed dating format gives a team approx. 5 minutes with each panel of publishers.
Central & Eastern European Game Awards is an initiative to recognize and promote the best video games from the CEE yearly. CEEGA winners will be announced during a big gala hosted by GIC together with Poznan Game Arena and Creative Sectors Development Center.
Gamedev Investment Forum
A unique place where all gamedev and investment industry representatives have a chance to meet. The target of the GDIF is to exchange the knowledge and experience connected with investing in the gaming industry for all attendees on each stage of experience on the stock. More information here.
GIC Legal Summit powered by Maruta
The first event of its kind in Poland, where representatives of the video game industry and experts dealing with legal and business aspects of the video game industry will meet in one place, on one stage, and will exchange experiences and ideas. Lasts entire Geek Thursday and morning of Geek Friday.
During GIC you will have many opportunities to connect with other gamedev professionals. First of all, if you are a Business Pass holder, be sure to get access to our meetings system in the conference app. This system will connect GICâ€™s attendees and exhibitors of the Poznan Game Arena and Indie Developer Zone.
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, Premium or Business pass holders.
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.
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:
- Follow @gdcon and use #GIC22 on Twitter.
- Like Game Industry Conference on Facebook.
- Follow Game Industry Conference on LinkedIn.
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
The valid currency in Poland is Zloty (PLN).
1 Zloty (PLN) = 100 Groszy
1 EUR = approx. 4.7 PLN
All major foreign currencies may be exchanged for Polish money at a bank or exchange counter (Kantor).
Banks are normally open on working days between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
In Poland, 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. MasterCard International, Visa International, Europay International, and American Express are the most widely used cards. In most places you can also use paypass.