About NIGP Annual Forum and Products Exposition


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For showcasing your products and services, the NIGP Products Exposition is the premier event for government suppliers. NIGP’s 2019 Forum and Products Exposition is the largest educational conference attended by government purchasing officials representing diverse agencies from the U.S. and Canada. This annual event draws over 1,000 procurement professionals each year. 90% are principle buying decision makers in their agencies. The Forum is an excellent opportunity for them to engage in professional development and to discover new products and services in the Products Exposition.

NIGP Frequently Asked Questions

  Where is the exhibit hall located?

Austin Convention Center
500 E. Cesar Chavez St.
Austin, Texas 78701
Halls 4 – 5

  Where is the Exhibitor Service Manual?

The Exhibitor Service Manual will be available in May 2019.

  When is the Exhibit Hall open?

Exhibit Hall Schedule

Installation
Saturday, August 24 • 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Sunday, August 25 • 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

All exhibits must be set by 12:00 PM on Sunday, August 25.

Show Hours
Monday, August 25 • 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Tuesday, August 26 • 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Dismantling
Tuesday, August 16 • 1:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Please note: This schedule is subject to change. All exhibits must be staffed during exhibit hours.

  What is the demographic breakdown of attendees?

Click here to view the 2019 Exhibitor Prospectus. Read more about what attendees said about the 2018 Forum here.

  What deadlines should I keep in mind?

A deadline checklist will be housed in the Exhibitor Service Manual. Most deadlines fall 30-45 days in advance of the first day of the Expo.

  Who are my key contacts?

Who do I contact?

Exhibit Sales

Companies that begin with the letters #-L should contact:

Bradley Eubank
Exhibit and Sponsorship Sales
703-995-2562
bradley.eubank@spargoinc.com

Companies that begin with the letters M-Z should contact:

Jillian Holt
Exhibit and Sponsorship Sales
703-995-2573
jillian.holt@spargoinc.com

Registration

NIGP Registration Support
774-247-4012
NIGPRegistration@spargoinc.com

Exhibit Operations

Lauren Turosik, CEM
703-667-5701
lauren.turosik@spargoinc.com

Registration and Program Questions

  Where can I find the Conference schedule?

The conference “Schedule at a Glance” may be referenced here.

  How can I register my booth personnel?

Exhibitor Registration will open in Spring 2019. Once open, you may register your staff here.

Your badge allotment is dependent on the size of your space. Standard Allotment: One full conference badge and two Exhibit Hall Only badges per 10’x10’ space.

Attendee Registration is now open!

  How can I make hotel reservations?

Book here. Reserve your room early at the special NIGP rate. Remember that your patronage at these hotels makes it possible for NIGP to honor its contractual obligations, thus keeping registration fees down.

Be aware that it is not unusual for housing wholesalers to contact convention attendees claiming to offer great deals on hotels during the convention dates. Please be advised that NIGP has no affiliation with these room brokers and attendees opting for alternatives offered by these wholesalers may be at risk.

Know Before You Go

  Transportation to the Convention Center?

Closest Airport:
The closest major airport to Austin, TX is Austin Bergstrom International Airport. This airport is 11 miles from the Austin Convention Center.

Ground Transportation
Taxi Service & Public Transportation Options

  What are the age restrictions at NIGP 2019?

No one under age 18 is permitted in the exhibit hall during move in or move out hours. During exhibit hours, children will require a badge to access the exhibit hall. Please see registration for badge information.

  What is the dress code?

Business professional is always welcome, but khakis and company logo polo-shirt are acceptable.

  Who is exhibiting this year?

Visit our website to see a current list of exhibiting companies and an interactive floor plan.

  How do I work with a tight budget?

  • Always order your services before the discount deadlines.
  • Consolidate your freight and shrink wrap it to avoid additional material handling charges.
  • For large groups use shuttle transportation rather than individual taxi service.
  • Always bring back up supplies so you don’t have to rent them for a premium at the show.
  • Some items are cheaper to bring on your own rather than renting year after year every show. (i.e. power strips, extension cords, artificial plants, trash can etc.)
  • Consider the costs of rental displays, carpet and booth furnishing versus shipping and material handling charges for your own display.
  • Meet your freight target times (if applicable) and instruct your drivers to check in at the marshaling yard before the deadline time noted in the service manual to avoid additional surcharges.
  • For larger booths - ship hanging signs and carpet in advance to allow for straight-time installation when possible.
  What additional costs can I expect?

Aside from the cost of your exhibit space:

Required:
Carpet or Floor Covering

Most Exhibitors will Incur/Need:
Material Handling/Drayage Charges
Shipping Charges
Booth Furniture (i.e. carpet, draped tables, chairs, etc.)

If Applicable:
Airfare
Hotel
Meals
Electric/Phone/Internet Connection

Pricing may be found in the Exhibitor Service Manual which will be available in May 2019.