Information added 1 December 2013 (scroll to bottom for the latest update)
Welcome to the G4G11 conference announcements page.
The eleventh Gathering for Gardner (G4G11) will be held in Atlanta, Georgia at the Ritz-Carlton Downtown hotel, 181 Peachtree Street, N.E., Atlanta, Georgia 30303.
The conference will begin in the early evening of Wednesday, 19 March 2014 and end in the early afternoon of Sunday, 23 March 2014.
Because space is limited, an invitation from the conference organizers is required to attend. Invitations will be sent in rounds via email, beginning in the second half of December and then continuing into January (and later) until all spots are filled.
The conference registration site, which will be activated for registrations in early January, is located at http://www.conftool.com/g4g11.
Information added 27 December 2013
The theme of G4G11 is John Horton Conway.
No G4G11 invitations have been sent yet. We anticipate starting in the next week or sooner.
G4G11 participants are strongly encouraged to provide a Gift Exchange item to fellow participants. Your contribution may be a “Physical Exchange” (ie a puzzle or other item: please plan on 400 items), or a written contribution (eg, a PDF paper).
To ship your item in advance of the conference (preferred, but not necessary), address it to:
Scott Hudson, Direct Data Communication, 5475 Fulton Industrial Blvd SW, Atlanta, GA 30336
Information added 31 December 2013, 4:31pm Pacific time
We are starting to send invitations by email. Please monitor spam folders.
Information added 23 January 2014, 10:50am Pacific time
Interested in finding a roommate at G4G11? Join this Google group to communicate with like-minded individuals:
Information added 20 Feb 2014, 10:56am Pacific time
The G4G Gift Exchange is an integral part of the Gatherings.
Each conference participant is asked to participate in the G4G Gift Exchange. For the past Gatherings we have exchanged gifts, papers, puzzles, and more between participants.
There are two ways to participate in the Gift Exchange. You may contribute a Physical Exchange item or submit an original article or paper to the G4G11 Exchange Book.
If you are giving a Physical Exchange (for example, a puzzle, artwork, or some other physical item), please send 350 items (item count subject to change) to Scott Hudson by March 10th if possible:
Direct Data Communication
5475 Fulton Industrial Blvd, SW
Atlanta, GA 30336
We discourage bringing items directly to the Hotel as this creates problems with storage, transportation and fulfillment. If you must bring the exchange items to the Hotel, please notify Scott Hudson and make arrangements. We place a special emphasis on creativity and originality.
G4G11 Exchange Book
The G4G11 Exchange Book is for those who wish to submit papers as their exchange gift and also for those who wish to include descriptions, instructions, solutions etc. related to their physical gifts. Unlike in previous years, there will be no printed copy of the G4G11 Exchange book, and there will be no page charge for submitting such material. The book will be distributed in electronic form only, after the conference ends.
Information added 20 Feb 2014, 2:20pm Pacific time
Examples of previous G4G Gift Exchange items
Here are some gift exchange examples from previous G4Gs (with apologies to unnamed contributors!)
(1) Board game and its analysis (G4G7)
(2) Sicherman dice (the exchanger manufactured these two dice and distributed them in 300 small bags, each containing two dice) (G4G9; see photos below)
(3) GARDNER ball (Oskar van Deventer, Tom Rodgers, G4G10). A 3-D printed sculpture (G4G10).
(4) Puzzle book (“Balance Puzzles,” Dick Hess).
(5) The Secrets of Notakto: Winning at X-only Tic-Tac-Toe (a paper exchanged at G4G10).
Here are some photos of these previous gift exchange items.
Information added 21 Feb 2014, 1:05pm Pacific time
If you have questions about G4G11 exhibits, send email to email@example.com.
Information added 26 Feb 2014, 9:15am Pacific time
If you’re submitting a paper as a gift exchange item, please use conftool to submit it as PDF. For G4G11, the Exchange Book will be delivered only electronically, and only as PDF. If your G4G11 paper submission is larger than 10Mb (the conftool limit), please make other arrangements with the organizers by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information added 10 March 2013, 10:17am Pacific time
Currently, we are estimating that 350 registrants will participate in the G4G11 gift exchange. We have no way of determining exactly how many attendees will participate in the Gift Exchange until the Gathering is over. The 350 number may be lowered if we see indications in that direction. All extras are donated to local schools, or if of a significant monetary value, returned at the attendee’s expense.