FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- What is the iDate2010 (Dating Business Conference)?
- Who attends the Internet Dating Conference?
- Why should I attend?
- What can I expect at the conference?
- 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 Social Networking Conference?
- Do I need to pay extra to attend the Social Networking 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 NH Köln MediaPark?
- What if I lose my badge during the business meeting?
- 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 iDate2010 (Dating Business Conference) that has no badge and does not plan to register for the conference?
- 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 Cologne so that we will have a vacation time after the convention. Can my spouse and children accompany me into the event?
- I am from another country and require a Visa to go to the conference. How do I get a Visa Invitation letter from iDate2010?
- I am from the media. Do you offer media passes to the convention?
- I am a student. Do you offer special academic rates to the conference?
- 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 iDate2010 (Dating Business Conference) on Twitter?
Q: What is the iDate2010 (Dating Business Conference)?
A: iDate2010 (Dating Business Conference) is THE largest trade show and business conference for the social networking, match-making and social networking industry. Several conventions are held each year covering the technology, management and marketing for the industry. The Cologne business meeting 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 convention (held each Summer) covers mobile, the enterprise social networking market. The Asian event (held biennially each Spring) covers the Far East marketplace along with mobile. All are advanced events that discuss some of the most up to date forms of business management, internet marketing and new technologies.
Q: Who attends the Internet Dating Conference?
A: iDate2010 (Dating Business Conference) is attended by dating industry professionals and experienced matchmakers. In addition, marketing executives, software companies, Fortune 1000 companies, payment processors, hosting companies and telecommunication companies 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 social networking 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 with social networking owners. New technologies are covered at the event. 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 conference?
A: iDate2010 (Dating Business Conference) attendance is certainly a different experience for most, if not all delegates. This is a serious business conference, and all delegates attending treat it as such. Business negotiations take place during networking sessions. The seminars at the event 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 September 4, 2012, the registration fee is EURO € 700. After September 4, 2012, the cost increases to EURO € 875. A registration pass includes access to the iDate2010 exhibit hall at the NH Köln MediaPark, iDate2010 seminars as well as most of the iDate2010 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 September 10 (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 (September 10).
Q: What if I want to register in person at the conference?
A: At-Door registration begins on September 10 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 Social Networking Conference?
A: The Social Networking Conference is a separate event on a different subject taking place down the hall. Attending that event are the largest in the industry. Both events have separate agendas (1), (2). Both do share the same lunch room and exhibit hall.
Q: Do I need to pay extra to attend the Social Networking Conference?
A: For the 2 day event, no. Registration to one event gets you a pass into both events.
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 online 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 Social Networking has to offer to the public. With 13 categories, IDEA members are involved with the nomination and voting process. Though starting the 4th year, iDate awards have new rules: it's a public vote now that defines the winners. All votes are equal. 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 during a formal black tie / evening gown event, which includes dinner, entertainment and complimentary cocktails. 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: Yes. There is a $100 additional fee per person to cover the food and beverage costs from the dinner. If your company was nominated and made it to final round for voting, one (1) seat will be available for your company representative to be able to accept the award as the winner. Please also note that seating is limited Passes will be provided on a first-come, first serve basis.
Q: Will you be mailing me my badge or do I pick it up at the NH Köln MediaPark?
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 business meeting?
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 EURO € 875.
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 iDate2010 (Dating Business Conference) that has no badge and does not plan to register for the conference?
A: This is a closed event. The exhibit hall, seminar rooms, meeting rooms and some areas of NH Köln MediaPark 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: No. This business meeting 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. We suggest that you click HERE to see a list of companies that have attended previous events as well as using the Message Boards to communicate with other delegates.
Q: How do I make appointments in advance of the event with delegates attending?
A: We strongly recommend you use the Message Boards. Announce that you are coming and what you have to offer. Your post will be read. 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 Cologne so that we will have a vacation time after the convention. Can my spouse and children accompany me into the event?
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 conference. How do I get a Visa Invitation letter from iDate2010?
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.
Q: I am from the media. Do you offer media passes to the convention?
A: If you are with the major media (examples are: Bloomberg, the BBC, Euronews, Die Welt, Business Week Magazine, 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 or trade publication, 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 conference?
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 iDate2010 (Dating Business Conference) on Twitter?
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