FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- What is the iDate2008 (Dating Industry Exposition)?
- Who attends the Internet Dating Conference?
- Why should I attend?
- What can I expect at the trade show?
- How much does it cost to register and what does a registration pass include?
- What if I want to register in person at the conference?
- What is the Buyers and Sellers Gathering?
- Do I need to pay extra to attend the Buyers and Sellers Gathering?
- What are the iDate Awards?
- Do I need to pay extra to attend the iDate Awards?
- Will you be mailing me my badge or do I pick it up at the Four Points by Sheraton, Darling Harbour?
- What if I lose my badge during the conference?
- Do you offer discounted passes for the exhibit hall only?
- Do you offer single day passes? Is the admission price for one day or all days?
- What if I want to meet someone at the iDate2008 (Dating Industry Exposition) that has no badge and does not plan to register for the trade show?
- Do you provide a list of the the delegate names and companies?
- How do I make appointments in advance of the event with delegates attending?
- Do I have to give you my real name? I don't want it to appear on my badge.
- I plan to bring my family to Sydney so that we will have a vacation time after the business meeting. Can my spouse and children accompany me into the trade show?
- I am from another country and require a Visa to go to the trade show. How do I get a Visa Invitation letter from iDate2008?
- I am from the media. Do you offer media passes to the business meeting?
- I am a student. Do you offer special academic rates to the trade show?
- I pre-registered and I'm unable to attend. Can I get a refund?
- I want to exhibit or sponsor at the Internet Dating Conference. What can I do?
- Where can I find iDate2008 (Dating Industry Exposition) on Twitter?
Q: What is the iDate2008 (Dating Industry Exposition)?
A: Since 2004, the iDate2008 (Dating Industry Exposition) is the longest running trade show and the largest business conference for the internet dating, matchmaking and social networking industry. Several conferences are held each year covering the technology, management and marketing for the dating industry. The Florida conference is the largest. Held each January/February, it focuses on the global industry. The European conference (held each Fall) covers the E.U. marketplace along with mobile. The West Coast business meeting (held each Summer) covers artificial intelligence, machine learning mobile dating market. The Asia trade show (held every few years) covers the Far East marketplace along with mobile. There is also a South American every few years as well. All are advanced events that cover the most modern form of dating technoloy, strategy, business management and marketing.
Q: Who attends the Internet Dating Conference?
A: iDate2008 (Dating Industry Exposition) is attended by dating industry professionals, matchmaking business executives and senior social networking industry executives. In addition, marketing executives, developers, "super affiliates", software companies, consultants and payment processors attend the event. Click HERE to see the breakdown of delegates at previous event. The percentages are fairly consistent between all events.
Q: Why should I attend?
A: This is the forum for all involved in the dating industry and the place where business gets done. executives negotiate with vendors. Venture capitalists and investors meet with firms. Mergers and acquisitions originate at this event. Mobile carriers and mobile providers meet directly with dating operators. New technologies are covered at the trade show. Software developers meet with new operators. Strategies are evaluated and the latest legal issues for the industry are also debated.
Q: What can I expect at the trade show?
A: iDate2008 (Dating Industry Exposition) attendance is certainly a different experience for most, if not all delegates. This is a serious business trade show, and all delegates attending treat it as such. Business negotiations take place during networking sessions. The seminars at the trade show are designed to discusss new technologies as well as best tactics, methods and strategies for managers of social networking owners to run their operations. Networking at the Internet Dating Conference with other delegates, like yourself, has been found to be most productive in discovering new business opportunities. For this to work best for you, it requires that you will need to be assertive and introduce yourself to other delegates at the event.
Q: How much does it cost to register and what does a registration pass include?
A: If you register before November 2, 2012, the registration fee is USD $895. After November 2, 2012, the cost increases to USD $1,250. A registration pass includes access to the iDate2008 exhibit hall at the Four Points by Sheraton, Darling Harbour, iDate2008 seminars as well as most of the iDate2008 associated social events taking place during the event. Morning and afternoon snacks are provided for both days. Lunch is is provided. Pre-event sessions on November 7 (except the Google Session) are not included with the 2 day conference price. Also, certian functions, such as the buyers and sellers gathering and the awards ceremonies (if scheduled) require additional fees. Note: Food is not provided during pre-event session days (November 7).
Q: What if I want to register in person at the conference?
A: At-Door registration begins on November 8 at 7:45 AM. We recommend you get there early as there will be a long line of people looking to purchase passes at the front door. That is why we recommend registering for Internet Dating Conference 2012 online early. You save both money and time at the event.
Q: What is the Buyers and Sellers Gathering?
A: The Buyers and Sellers Gathering is a special *closed door* networking event for serious buyers and sellers of personals and social networking properties. Those seeking to sell will show to entreprenuers and CEO's their web and/or mobile sites for sale. Speed networking is the format for this session. Vendors or companies that provide services to the industry are not permitted to this session. The session lasts a little more than 1 hour.
Q: Do I need to pay extra to attend the Buyers and Sellers Gathering?
A: Yes. In order to ensure serious buyers are present, there is a $100 additional fee.
Q: What are the iDate Awards?
A: The iDate Awards represents the best the dating industry has to offer to the public. With 14 categories, the Awards are open to the general public for nomination and voting. At the 1st night of the annual convention in January, the iDate Awards are distributed to the winners. The Awards are run by the Internet Dating Conference and Online Personals Watch
Q: Do I need to pay extra to attend the iDate Awards?
A: No. The awards ceremony is included with your pass to the conference.
Q: Will you be mailing me my badge or do I pick it up at the Four Points by Sheraton, Darling Harbour?
A: You must pick up your badge at the conference registration desk the morning of the event. Please bring government issued photo identificaiton (for verification purposes only). Registration badges are not mailed.
Q: What if I lose my badge during the conference?
A: At this event your badge is your access to the Internet Dating Conference. With it, you can enter the exhibit hall, the seminar rooms and attend other outside social events. Badges cannot be replaced if lost or stolen. If you need to purchase a replacement badge at the event the cost will be USD $1,250.
Q: Do you offer discounted passes for the exhibit hall only?
A: No. The conference pass includes all that was stated above. There is only one registration fee.
Q: Do you offer single day passes? Is the admission price for one day or all days?
A: The admission price is for all days. There are no day passes.
Q: What if I want to meet someone at the iDate2008 (Dating Industry Exposition) that has no badge and does not plan to register for the trade show?
A: This is a closed event. The exhibit hall, seminar rooms, meeting rooms and some areas of Four Points by Sheraton, Darling Harbour will be the forum where Internet Dating Conference delegates conduct business. Only Internet Dating Conference registrants will be allowed in these areas with NO exceptions.
Q: Do you provide a list of the the delegate names and companies?
A: Yes and No. This conference is attended by wealthy entrepreneurs and senior executives that do not wish to give out their names or contact details to others they do not know. They scifically opted out during registration. For those individuals, we respect their privacy. You will only be able to connect with those individuals at the event. Those that opted in will be in our MOSOCIAL APP, which is activated 7 to 14 days prior to the event. We also suggest that you click HERE to see a list of companies that have attended previous events.
Q: How do I make appointments in advance of the event with delegates attending?
A: The MOSOCIAL APP will be activated 7 to 14 days prior to the event and will allow you to directly connect with others that opted in. We also recommend the Linked In Industry Group and Facebook Industry Group
Q: Do I have to give you my real name? I don't want it to appear on my badge.
A: We require your real first and last name for identification purposes only. We will place the name you would like to appear on the badge at the registration desk.
Q: I plan to bring my family to Sydney so that we will have a vacation time after the business meeting. Can my spouse and children accompany me into the trade show?
A: No. This is a closed event open to registered Internet Dating Conference delegates only. You can register your spouse, however children under 18 years of age will not be registered and can not be admitted to the event.
Q: I am from another country and require a Visa to go to the trade show. How do I get a Visa Invitation letter from iDate2008?
A: You must first register for your conference pass. Upon receipt of payment, email us a request for a visa invitation letter. Please include your name, full mailing address and fax number. We will then fax you the invitation letter. If in the event your visa application is rejected, upon provision of the rejection letter on state letterhead we will provide a refund.
Q: I am from the media. Do you offer media passes to the business meeting?
A: If you are with the major media (examples are: Business Week Magazine, the Independent, USA Today, National Public Radio, the Wall Street Journal, etc.), then email us with your name, the name and address of the media publication, the name of your editor and his contact details. Upon confirmation, we will contact you and advise if you are approved to have a media pass to the event. If you are an industry publication, trade publication or blog, please note that we have pre-arranged co-promotional agreements with other trade publications. Our co-promotional agreements are done months in advance. If you are contacting us for the first time just prior to the event, you will need to register and pay for your pass.
Q: I am a student. Do you offer special academic rates to the trade show?
A: No. The conference is designed more for business and less so for academia.
Q: I pre-registered and I'm unable to attend. Can I get a refund?
A: No. All sales are final and there is no refund for cancellation. Our cancellation policy is listed on the terms and conditions page for registering at the event.
Q: I want to exhibit or sponsor at the Internet Dating Conference. What can I do?
A: View the Sponsorship Packages that we have available and contact us by telephone at USA +1 (212) 722-1744 ext. 4 or email us with your inquiry.
Q: Where can I find iDate2008 (Dating Industry Exposition) on Twitter?
If you have any additional questions about attending that were not addressed on this web page please email us.