Key Information for Exhibitors

Escape Velocity 2018, May 25-27
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor

Use National Harbor Boulevard to access the loading docks at the rear of the Gaylord.
Using the satellite view on a map is very helpful to see the loading dock layout:

Parking: There are four parking garages and two surface lots in the National Harbor area. Parking at the Gaylord costs $30*/day for self-parking, $45*/day for valet. Parking in National Harbor garages and surface lots costs $20*/day. Daily parking in National Harbor facilities can be pre-purchased for an additional $2/day. The Plateau Lot and the St. George garage are closest to the convention center.  For more information, please visit the National Harbor website:
*prices subject to change

Gaylord Parking Garage height restriction: There is a height restriction of 6 feet, 7 inches in the Gaylord Hotel garage.
National Harbor Garage height restrictions: There is a height restriction of 7 feet in National Harbor garages.

Exhibit Hall Hours

Exhibitor Only Access VIP Access General Public
THURSDAY Load In 2pm-7pm n/a n/a
FRIDAY 9am-11am 11am-7pm 12pm-7pm
SATURDAY 9am-10am 10am-7pm 11am-7pm
SUNDAY 9am-10am 10am-4pm 11am-4pm
SUNDAY Load Out 4pm-8pm n/a n/a


Hotel Reservations
The Escape Velocity room block closed on May 4. After this date, room rates may increase.
To reserve at the group rate, use this link:


Exhibitor Packet
Your packets will be available in Exhibit Hall E on Thursday, from 2pm to 7pm and Friday from 9am to 11am. Your packet will include your Thursday Meet-and-Greet drink ticket(s), allotted badges, and other materials. If you need more passes, use code EXHIBIT20 for 20% off attendee badges, and we’ll know they may need early access to help you set up:


Map of Exhibit Hall
Click here to download the exhibit hall map and see your booth location. Click here for a list of exhibitors.


Load In/Out Schedule

  • Load in Thursday 2pm to 7pm when the loading dock is open. EV volunteers will be present to lend a helping hand.
  • Use National Harbor Boulevard to access the loading docks at the rear of the Gaylord. Using the satellite view on a map is very helpful to see the loading dock layout:
  • Look for Loading Docks 1, 2, or 3 – these are closest to our Exhibit Hall E. The Hall E dock is distinguished by a ramp. This is the area closest to the harbor and the Potomac River.
  • Sign up for a specific load-in time if you wish. This will help us know when to expect you, how many vehicles and of which size, etc.:
  • Exhibitors may also move in Friday from 9am to 11am; however, the loading dock will not be available. The exhibit floor will open at 11am to VIP ticket holders, so please allow yourself plenty of time to set up.
  • Load Out Sunday 4pm to 8pm.

Please note: If you anticipate the need for storage/shipping during load out, please make arrangements in advance with the hotel.


Exhibit Hall Details:

  • Escape Velocity will be using Exhibit Hall E.
  • Dock loading entrances (loading dock to service corridor): 16’-8” w x 24’ h
  • Exhibit loading entrances: (service corridor to exhibit hall): 16’-8” w x 24’ h
  • Hall E ramp: 22” w x 71” length with a 6% slope
  • You are welcome to bring your own carts/dollies
  • Exhibit Hall ceiling height: 24’ h
  • Hall E has exterior windows. If you have materials that are light-sensitive, please let us know as soon as possible.


Exhibitor Hospitality Hotline
The Exhibitor Hospitality Hotline is 707-394-6165. It is available 24/7 throughout the event. Alternatively, you can send an email to with any questions or concerns you may have. Responses may be delayed during event hours.

Additional Exhibitor Needs
Power, Wifi, and A/V must be ordered through the venue. All exhibitors should have received an email from the Gaylord about this process. If you did not receive the information, please let us know.
FedEx ships to the Gaylord Convention Center. Click here for shipping information. FedEx hours of operation, click here.

You are our Guest
The Space Station Guest Lounge will be set up in Baltimore 4 (two levels above the exhibit hall, near our panel rooms). Lounge hours: Friday 9am-9pm; Saturday 9am-9pm; Sunday, 9am-4pm.

Exhibitor Meet-and-Greet: Our Thursday night Meet-and-Greet will be held at the Public House in National Harbor from 6:30pm-9:30pm. Appetizers and complimentary drink tickets will be provided (2 tickets per Booth, 1 per Table). It will be a great way to relax and unwind after loading in! RSVP by sending an email with your name and number of people attending to with subject line Exhibitor Meet-and-Greet.

Friends and Family
You are a big part of Escape Velocity’s success every year! We invite you to share your unique discount code with friends, family, business partners, and clients so they can join us at a discounted rate (and maybe give you a break from exhibiting!). Your code has been distributed via individual email (if you can’t find it, don’t worry – email for a re-send). Don’t forget the perks: 10 uses of the code and you get free Wifi for payment transactions, 20 uses and you get free power! The code provides a 20% discount on weekend passes.

In order to give us time to process your perks, we will use the count as of May 10 with no exceptions. However, the code will remain active until the event concludes. Our amazing program lineup includes over 140 panels, a film festival, improv, fashion show, and more! Tickets can be purchased here: