Any Questions ?

1. What is GigaCon?

2. What’s with the Robot?

3. Are there any rules I need to know about before getting there?

4.I’ve never been to a convention, what should I expect and or bring?

5. I’m an artist new to this convention, what should I bring?

6. Where is the convention?

7. How do I get there?

8. Who is going to be there?

9. How does Artist Alley work?

10. If I have work to sell, how do I become apart of Artist Alley?

11. If I’m apart of Artist Alley will I lose any rights to my work?

12. I’ve worked in the industry for some time and would like to be apart of GigaCon what should I do?

13. Are there volunteering opportunities at GigaCon?

14. Do I have to be an Art Institute of Washington student to attend and participate?

15. Are children allowed?

16. Can I take photographs and pictures?

1. What is GigaCon?

1. Gigacon is an educational based, multimedia convention sponsored by The Art Institute of Washington (Aiw). We incorporate many of the majors at the AiW, such as; Media arts and Animation, Game Art, Graphic Design, Audio Production, Fashion, and many more. And we try our best to bring in professionals from each of those fields. Students, as well as faculty members, and outside visitors gain knowledge, tips, and tricks from the professionals at Gigacon.

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2. What’s with the Robot?

2. You’ve probably noticed the robot all over the site.  Well, that’s because Gigabot is our mascot for Gigacon.  He represents the collection of ideas and inspirations that push our art students to greatness.  He’s a little robot with big ideas, as seen here in his first animation as he haphazardly creates the major mix of medias that is Gigacon!

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3. Are there any rules I need to know about before getting there?

3. By no means should there be any videotaping of any kind in the Portfolio Reviews, Demos, or Panel Discussion. You can however take pictures during our other events such as the Costume contest, at professionals and artisist alley tables, and drawing contests. So, please be aware of where you are before you use cameras or camcorder. This rule is highly enforced and may result in confiscation of camera/video, or expulsion from the rest of the convention. We also ask for all guests to be safe and keep track of all personal belongings. We will not be held responsible for any unattended items. There are also separate rules for those participating in our; Costume contest and Artist Alley (Please click on links above to view rules for Costume Contest and Artist Alley)

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4.I’ve never been to a convention, what should I expect and or bring?

4. You should expect lots of art and lots of talk about art within varied fields.  You should bring a notebook, and or sketchbook to take notes and draw.  You should bring cash to enter the convention, get food in the surrounding area, or to buy art from one, or more, of the many tables in Artist Alley.  Many of the artists there are students or freelance and may not have a credit card machine at hand.

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5. I’m an artist new to this convention, what should I bring?

5. As an artist this is the place for you to grow, and you have a number of choices. 
-You could choose to be just be a guest, so just bring money and your sketch book (you’re likely to take notes or get inspired).
-Or you can get involved and get an:

Portfolio Review (please contact our Convention Coordinator here about a review)

Table in Artist Alley

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6. Where is the convention?

6.The convention is held in our nation’s capital, Washington DC, at the National Building Museum.  Please see the Directions page for more information.

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7. How do I get there?

7. Please see our Directions page for information on how to find National Building museum.

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8. Who is going to be there?

8.We are going to have many professionals for the varied multimedia fields.  You can see our specific guests here on our Guest page.

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9. How does Artist Alley work?

9.If you are a visitor you just walk around at your leisure.  There will be many tables set up in one area where artist are selling their work.  If you see a piece you like, just ask the artist behind the table if they're selling it and how much for.  Remember to bring cash; many of the artists won’t have a credit card machine.  And keep and eye out, some artist may even do commissions for you.   

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10. If I have work to sell, how do I become apart of Artist Alley?

10. Just go the Artist Alley page and you can find where to pay for the table, and all rules you must adhere to. 

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11. If I’m apart of Artist Alley will I lose any rights to my work?

11. No.  Artist alley is where you can freely sale and purchase original work and fan art.  We do not retain any rights to anyone’s copyright to there own work.  However we do advise signing sold work and giving proper credit to fan art if not apparent.

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12. I’ve worked in the industry for some time and would like to be apart of GigaCon what should I do?

12. We thank you for wanting to be apart of our growing convention. Go to the Contact page to get information from our Convention Coordinator. Inform them that you are a professional, and you may be asked a few questions, and giving information.

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13. Are there volunteering opportunities at GigaCon?

13. We are sorry, but we do not have any volunteer opportunities at this time. (Right now, you must be apart of the school to volunteer. If you are an AiW student and want to volunteer please contact Bryan Tillman btillman@aii.edu)

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14. Do I have to be an Art Institute of Washington student to attend and participate?

14. No, anyone can be apart of GigaCon. If you are not student or alumni please go to the Register page to get $10 admission. And follow instructions and rules to be apart of any other activities posted on the site.

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15. Are children allowed?

15. Yes, children, elders, men, women. Everyone is welcome to GigaCon.

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16. Can I take photographs and pictures?

16. NO photography or video recording is allowed at Portfolio Review, Demos, or the Panel Discussions. You can, how ever bring camera to the contests and artist alley.

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