How do I attend The Gamechangers? All individuals interested in attending The Gamechangers forum must apply for a slot by filling out the application form. If your application is accepted, the organizers' team will e-mail you your invite details. Once an invitation is received, your official ticket must be immediately claimed through the Eventbrite invitation. Why do I need to fill out an application? How are attendees chosen? Each application is reviewed carefully by the organizing team. The venue has a limited seating capacity, so a screening process is in place in order to make the audience the most diverse and interesting group of people possible. We are looking for curious and open-minded thinkers and doers. Please be thoughtful yet concise with your application. Deadline of application is Jan. 23, 2013. Can I buy tickets for a group of people? No. Anyone interested to attend should apply individually. It is not permitted to apply for tickets in bulk quantity. I received an e-mail invitation. What now? Click on the link sent to you via e-mail to claim your ticket. If you do not register for your seat, you are forfeiting your invitation.
Do I need to bring a printed copy of my ticket? No. However, please remember to present a valid I.D. to be checked against the masterlist on the day of the event.
What if I need to cancel? Can I give my ticket away? Tickets are non-transferable. We carefully screen each application entry and offer invitations based on the applicant's answers. If you find that you are unable to attend the event, we would very much appreciate it if you e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we could give your seat to the next waitlisted applicant. I asked for an invitation, but I haven’t heard anything. How will I know if I’ve been accepted? The Gamechangers team is sending out invitations on a rolling basis from January 17-24, 2013. We expect to receive more applications than seats available. Should the seats be filled before the last day of registration (Jan. 24), we shall send out a notification to all applicants whom we cannot anymore accommodate. How much does The Gamechangers ticket cost? This event is free. What is the dress code? Casual attire is recommended.
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