What to expect

SPEEDDATES:
A laid back, fun chat with fellow fans! Sit down, talk for a few minutes, write down the number and name and move on to the next one. Afterwards, we’ll check if you have a match. If so, we’ll send you the necessary contact info!

MINI SECRET MESSAGE PARTY:
Every participant will give a Gamertag or nickname through the registration form (or on-site) and Dates & Geeks will make and hang your personal envelope on a clothes line at the party. Then head to the party, start talking to each other and put messages in someone else’s envelopes. At the end of the evening, take your envelope with you and check your messages. You never know what will happen next!

This edition, the Belgian dating organisation Dates & Geeks will take care of the hosting and matches of the FACTS Speeddates. This is a specialised group where fellow geeks can find friendship and maybe even more. 

So if you don’t get a match or didn’t get a chance to participate in the speeddates, then head to their platforms and try your luck there!

SPEEDDATE RegistRATIONS

The sessions will be held in the FLEX rooms, where the workshops and panels are held.
Head under the big balcony in Hall 1 (Exhibitor Hall) and go under the staircase.

The data in the registration form of Dates & Geeks
will only be used for the communication around the speeddate sessions of FACTS.
After that, all data will be deleted.

 

can anyone enter these sessions?

every sexuality
is welcome

We are organising sessions for heterosexuals, homosexual males and homosexual females. But of course, bisexuals and people with other preferences can still apply for the sessions in which they feel best.

All 18+ ages are welcome

…but not necessarily all ages will be represented. Selections are based on age, because putting an 18-year-old with a 50-year-old wouldn’t be much fun. If a certain age group is not represented enough, that session will be made available for other age groups.

you have to be 18 or older

Such is the law. Sorry!

Speeddates FAQ

No, you still have to get selected. We base our selections on age, gender and sexual preference, to ensure the best combination of participants. 
EVERYONE receives an e-mail, even if you didn’t get selected.

One session on Saturday and one on Sunday? No problem! Just fill it in twice. 
If applicable: multiple sessions on one day will not be allowed. We want to give as many people as possible a chance to participate.

Send an e-mail to datesandgeeks@gmail.com for further instructions. You may have to redo the registration. 

If you don’t get selected, then don’t worry, you still have a chance. We accept ‘back-ups’ during the speeddates. Just show up early and register as a back-up on a piece of paper in the speeddate room. You can fill in the spots of the people that don’t show up. No guarantees though!

Yes, everyone gets an e-mail. The ones that are selected will be assigned a certain session, the others will receive a ‘you’re not selected’-mail. 

You will receive an e-mail saying that you didn’t get any matches. Better luck next time!

It might take a while before all matches are found. Remember: first we have to cross-reference all papers manually, then each participant has to receive an individual e-mail with individual contact information of multiple matches. So yes, it’s A LOT of work and it might take a while, so please be patient. ^^ 

Yes. Every mail has to be sent individually, so it’s perfectly possible that some people receive their matches later than others. Not to worry, you will get yours too!

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FACTS SPRING 2020 CANCELLED DUE TO CORONA / COVID-19

Since 1993, the FACTS organisers have been working their hardest to do right by the thousands of fans that come together in Ghent. We always aim to create a safe space for all our fans to gather, be themselves and make unforgettable memories with like-minded people and guests from all over the world.

With the well-being, health and safety of our visitors, exhibitors, crew and partners as our main priority, FACTS has been closely following and monitoring the evolution of the outbreak and spread of COVID-19, the Corona pandemic, during the last days.

Since the situation in Belgium is becoming more critical every day and since the US government announced travel restrictions to Europe, FACTS has decided to cancel the FACTS Spring 2020 edition due to force majeure.

After considering all possible safety measures, we have ultimately decided to follow the guidance of the local health organisations and governments indicating that mass events should be cancelled.

As our main goal is to offer our amazing community the unique experience they deserve and to guarantee their safety, we simply were left with no other option.

It pains us to take this decision, but we are already looking forward to the next gathering with all our fans, exhibitors and guests on 24 & 25 October in Flanders Expo Ghent. In the meantime, we have worked very hard to guarantee an even more impressive line-up of stars and we are excited to announce that Ian Somerhalder, Rebecca Mader & Troy Baker have already confirmed that they will be present to meet all their fans in Belgium on 24 & 25 October. More guests and surprises will be announced in the coming months.

All our visitors, exhibitors and partners will be contacted personally by e-mail very soon, with more information regarding the next steps. All entry tickets will remain valid for FACTS in October, but visitors will get the choice: keep the ticket(s) for October or ask for a refund. More detailed info on that will follow soon.

We appreciate the support we have received in the past week. The feedback was invaluable in helping us determine this decision.

Kind regards,

The FACTS team