Trade Day Information

Trade Day

Trade Day is a program for educators, professors, graduate students, librarians, and retailers. It is designed to provide hands-on training, share research, network, and participate in professional development opportunities through a day of seminars, demonstrations, and events.

Trade Day is split between two focuses, retailers, and educators and librarians. The retailer focus is on business, marketing, and building community. The educators and librarian focus is on how to gamify your classroom/library, gaming strategies in curriculum, and building community.

Anyone with a Trade Day badge can attend all events regardless of the focus; something can always be gleaned from a different perspective.

Trade Day is hosted on the Wednesday prior to Gen Con Indy, held in Indianapolis, IN.

Trade Day 2022 Recap

Trade Day was a big success in 2022. With approximately 302 participants, 36% retailers and 42% educators/librarians, and over 60 events that serve both tracks and some that crossover too, we met our Trade Day attendance goals and those for the program overall.

Thank you to all who participated, attended, and contributed to this program.

Trade Day 2023

Trade Day programing will be hosted on Wednesday, August 2, 2023.

Below is some key information to get you started for Trade Day 2023.

    Key time frames:

    • Early January - Trade Day Event Submission / Event Submission Opens
    • Late January - Trade Day Badge Registration / Badge Registration Opens
    • February - Housing opens
    • Early May - Event Catalog released
    • Mid May – Trade Day Event Registration / Event Registration Opens

    Trade Day Events

    Event topics vary from year to year but all are geared towards training, networking, and professional development for educators, librarians, and retailers. The event catalog will be available in early May. While we wait to see what exciting events are being offered for 2023, here is the list of 2022 Trade Day events to give you a sense what you can expect from this program.

    We will once again host the Demo Night & Social Mixer event on Wednesday evening. A popular event where games are demoed from some of our favorite Trade Day presenters and exhibitors and an opportunity to socialize with your fellow Trade Day attendees!

    Things to know:

    • All Trade Day events are free and are electronically ticketed. You must have a Trade Day badge in order to attend any Trade Day event.
    • Search using the “TRD” event type for a list of all Trade Day events.
    • We highly encourage attendees to register for specific events through the Gen Con event registration system. Registering for Trade Day events helps the organizer and hosts plan for the event appropriately. A ticket ensures you will have a seat!

    Trade Day Registration

    Trade Day is only open to professors, graduate students, educators, student teachers, librarians, distributors, and hobby retailers.

    Trade Day badge registration includes:

    • Access to all Trade Day event programming
    • A complimentary 4-day Gen Con Indy 2023 badge

    The Trade Day application is part of the Trade Day badge purchase process. You will be asked several quick questions which are needed when vetting for acceptance into the program.

We have some wonderful and exciting new plans for growing Trade Day in 2023 including B2B opportunities for retailers, publishers, and manufacturers. Stay tuned to this page for all the latest updates and information.

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Trade Day Sponsorships for 2023

Trade Day offers a range of sponsorship opportunities to promote your company to a targeted audience of retailers, educators, and librarians. You don’t need to be a Gen Con Indy, exhibitor or have purchased marketing to take advantage of these offerings. Bundle with both Trade Day and Gen Con Indy sponsorships to create unique marketing opportunities designed especially for you and your company.

Here are all the available Trade Day sponsorships for 2023. For more information and/or questions about these opportunities, please contact Megan Culver.

Trade Day Presenters / Event Hosts

Check the Trade Day Host webpage for information related to hosting events for Gen Con's Trade Day program. Event submission for Trade Day 2023 will open in January.


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