GDX 2023: Volunteer Sign-Up
Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Game Discovery Exhibition (GDX 2023)! We are elated that you would like to contribute to our ecosystem.

From the bottoms of our hearts, we thank you for your desire to make Alberta's games industry better! 💜

This application form will close on May 31st, 2023.

All completed application forms will be emailed to your specified email address. Applications do not guarantee a volunteer position.
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The Details
We are looking for volunteers from July 19-23, for the two parts of GDX:
  • Part 1: Conference (July 19-20) @ Post-Secondary Institution prior to K-Days
    The Conference will consist of professional development through: speakers, panels, mentorship, summits, esports, and indie/community-relevant presentations. We will need volunteers who can help way-find, provide hospitality, front-of-house, act as technicians, and do setup/takedown.
  • Part 2: Exhibition (July 21-23) @ Edmonton EXPO Centre during K-Days
    The Exhibition will showcase indie studios from within and outside Alberta, and will also contain esports, board games, and more fun games culture content. Free play video games and esports will be another focus, where attendees can sign up for game tournaments, and more. At the exhibition, you may be asked to cover-off for developers. You will make sure that people are properly set up at the console stations, and that rentals of controllers and equipment goes smoothly. You will receive an orientation when you arrive for your shift, and be given a volunteer information packet with booth-by-booth information, and a script that will help you cover-off.
Volunteer Requirements
  • You must be 18-years or older to volunteer during Part 1: Conference.
  • You may volunteer as a minor (12-17) at Part 2: Exhibition, with caveats. Please see Explore Edmonton's volunteer page for more information on volunteering as a minor.
If you have any questions about volunteering for GDX, please contact us here.
The Perks
As our thanks for volunteering with us, we want to make sure that you are well taken care of. Here are the volunteer perks:

Part 1: Conference (July 19-20)
If you volunteer for at least one eight-hour day-shift, you will receive the following:
  • volunteer t-shirt,
  • a lanyard and nametag,
  • food and snacks throughout the day to sustain you, and a
  • complementary conference pass.
In addition to the above perks, if you volunteer for two eight-hour day-shifts, you will also receive one K-Days pass for the GDX weekend.

Part 2: Exhibition (July 21-23)
If you volunteer for shifts on the exhibition weekend, you will receive the following:
If you volunteer for both the conference and exhibition, you will receive two volunteer shirts.

Breaks
We want to make sure that you have breaks as well, and will be scheduling breaks accordingly.

Volunteer Appreciation Event
All volunteers will be invited to a volunteer recognition event later in the year!
The Process
Before you apply to volunteer at GDX, decide if you want to volunteer for Part 1: Conference, Part 2: Exhibition, or both!

However, if you are interested in signing up for the exhibition as a volunteer, you will also have to go through additional training through Explore Edmonton due to the event's involvement with K-Days.

Conference
If you are applying to volunteer at the conference only, do the following:
  1. Complete this Part 1: Conference application form by or before May 31st, 2023.
  2. If accepted as a Part 1: Conference volunteer, you will receive an invitation to attend the virtual volunteer training event on Tuesday, July 11, 2023.
Exhibition
If you are applying to volunteer at the exhibition only, do the following:
  1. Follow the prompts in this application and make your selection to apply for volunteering at Part 2: Exhibition.
  2. If accepted as a Part 2: Exhibition volunteer, schedule a volunteer training session and police check through Explore Edmonton.
  3. Additional information for Part 2: Exhibition volunteers will be provided to you at a later date.
Conference & Exhibition
If you are applying to volunteer at both Part 1: Conference and Part 2: Exhibition, do the following:
  1. Complete this Part 1: Conference application form by or before May 31st, 2023.
  2. Follow the prompts in this application and make your selection to apply for volunteering at Part 2: Exhibition.
  3. If accepted as a Part 1: Conference volunteer, you will receive an invitation to attend the virtual volunteer training event on Tuesday, July 11, 2023.
  4. If accepted as a Part 2: Exhibition volunteer, schedule a volunteer training session and police check through Explore Edmonton.
  5. Additional information for Part 2: Exhibition volunteers will be provided to you at a later date.
Please Note: You must sign up through Explore Edmonton's volunteer system, to volunteer at Part 2: Exhibition. The Explore Edmonton form will be linked further in this application; you can click on the link when it becomes relevant to you.
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