August 21-23, 2019
Pittsburgh, PA

FAQ

Who is attending Abstractions?

Abstractions will be hosting 2,000 professionals from the software development field. Our audience is intentionally cross-discipline to include people involved with design, back end engineering, front end development, management, QA, devops and more. The common theme of our audience is that they are involved with delivering software.

What are the specifics of each perk?

Most of our perks are “what is says on the tin”. For more information, contact us directly.

I don’t need so many complimentary passes. Can I exchange them for another perk?

No, but you can donate them. The Code & Supply Scholarship Fund is a separate organization that manages conference scholarships, including those for Abstractions. Please contact CSSF to donate your unused tickets to its ticket pool. This donation will be tax-deductible in the amount that you paid for the ticket.

You can also give them away as a prize in a social media contest or to employees’ family so they can attend Abstractions, too.

Do you provide an attendee list?

We respect our attendees’ privacy and do not provide attendee lists to any sponsors. Sponsors who want to collect attendees’ contact information at their booth are permitted to do so and are encouraged to incentivize attendees with a some kind of a giveaway.

Is Abstractions a non-profit organization?

Code & Supply Co. LLC is the organization behind Abstractions. It is not technically a non-profit, but operates very similar to one. Sponsorships are thus not tax-deductible donations. You can read more about Code & Supply at www.codeandsupply.co or its Meetup page

Organizations looking for tax-deduction opportunities should look toward the Code & Supply Scholarship Fund, a separate, non-profit organization that manages conference scholarships, including those for Abstractions.

Pre-event

What are the specifics for the logo I need to provide?

Please provide the logo that meets these requirements:

  • SVG vector format
    • EPS or Adobe Illustrator are OK but SVG is very strongly preferred.
    • High-resolution PNG that looks fine when scaled down is also acceptable.
  • Aspect ratio should be square or 2:1.
  • Background must be transparent if the logo does not fill the full area.
    • The logo will be displayed primarily on a dark background, please make sure that the logo looks good on a dark background.
    • Bonus points if you also provide a second version that looks good on light backgrounds, including on white paper, in case we need it.
    • If unsure, please send multiple versions.

When displayed on Abstractions.io, the logo will be 200 to 400 pixels wide and no more than 200 pixels tall. We request vector so we can scale as necessary.

By when must I deliver swag bag materials, and to what address should I send them?

If your package includes the perk of distributing materials to attendees in the attendee bag or at the registration table, please send us all materials in advance. Send all materials by August 7 to:

Code & Supply Co., LLC
5648 Friendship Ave Floor 3
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Materials received after bags are packed will be placed on a table in the conference area.

Can I ship my exhibition space materials to the venue?

If you have materials for your exhibition space, please bring them day-of. If they are large and you don’t mind paying for it, you can ship them directly to the convention center:

David L. Lawrence Convention Center
ATT: Carolyn Manley
Code & Supply / Abstractions
1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA  15222

Items can be delivered there absolutely no earlier than one week before the event.

Here are the storage and delivery charges you could possibly incur:

Type Cost each parcel
Loose boxes $25.00
Fiber cases $30.00
Pallets (banded or shrink wrapped) $60.00
Crates $175.00

For crates, please specify how it is sealed. Payment will be made directly to the venue via Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover or Check.

Exhibition Space

What are the exhibition hours?

The hours vary each day. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. daily and the event is ongoing until after the evening’s keynote. See the Schedule for session schedules.

When can I show up to prepare my exhibition space?

If your package includes an exhibition table or booth, you can arrive at 7:00 a.m. on the first day of the conference to set up your table. If you need to prepare your booth each day, please show up no earlier than 7:30 a.m. on subsequent days.

Additionally, sponsors requiring a longer preparation time can schedule with the organizers for setup from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on the day before the conference.

What is included in the space?

The tables will all be topped and skirted and include chairs. The table can be redressed any way you’d like. You are encouraged to bring swag for your own table. The venue will provide chairs and we can request how many during setup. The default is two chairs.

How do I get my stuff to my space?

If you can carry it in your arms or on a two-wheel dolly, you can take it yourself. Unfortunately, the venue has very strict rules about heavy objects and four-wheel carts: if you require a cart or more than one person to lift something, it must be handled by Teamsters.

If you expect to require this assistance, you must let us know three weeks ahead of the event so that we can schedule them. There is significant cost to this, but we can aggregate and absorb reasonable costs across all sponsors.

Is electricity available in the space?

Yes, if you’re just plugging into the wall sockets. These may be limited in certain locations. Let us know if you will require electricity and we will do our best to accomodate you. Please bring your own power strip and extension cable.

If you plan have more elaborate electrical needs than plugging in a mobile phones or laptop, the cost is $129.50 + tax per 20A drop. This is our cost.

Is Internet available in the space?

Yes, but it is the same Internet that the conference attendees will be using. Read: assume that it will be unreliable, slow, and generally frustrating. If you need Internet for your booth, please plan ahead and bring a mobile hotspot or copy your materials locally.

Abstractions itself will be serving its displays from a local WiFi in order to avoid problems ourselves.

Can I leave my space? What is the exhibition space security?

We do not require that exhibitors be at their space at all times. While we expect that there will be venue staff or organizers in the exhibition space, we will not be actively monitoring sponsors’ areas. Do not leave valuables out where they can be seen and stolen. Venue security will be present at all hours at the conference entrances.

Abstractions is not responsible for theft from or damage to sponsor exhibits.

When must I dismantle my space?

Time will be available the day after the conference ends for sponsors to dismantle their exhibits. You may do so at any time prior, but we ask that you do not disrupt any sessions with noise.

How big is my table or booth?

You will receive an 8 ft x 30 in table or a 10 ft x 10 ft area to set up a booth, depending on your package level.

Will it be carpeted?

Yes. The venue is carpeted. You are permitted to lay any flooring you typically use. Bring comfortable shoes!

Am I permitted to run giveaways or other contests?

Yes. Giveaways are encouraged as a way of attracting attention to your exhibit, possibly collecting attendee information.

Am I permitted to collect attendee information at my exhibit?

Yes. Please do respect their privacy and inbox. Do not misuse the information that you collect.

Can I hang a banner on the wall or from the ceiling of my space?

Yes, if you want to pay the venue to hang it for you. This can be very costly. Instead, we recommend something on posts, like a backdrop wall that stands on its own.