Exhibit Terms and Conditions

Space Assignment

Preference for space assignment will be awarded to previous exhibitors based on priority points. Priority points are determined based on several factors, including participating in previous expositions, sponsoring an event at the convention, advertising and/or having an article in the Analyst, and/or presenting a paper at the convention. More weight is given to being active within the past five years.
All exhibit space is assigned using priority points and then on a first come, first served basis. Please list six booth choices. In the event that all your choices have already been assigned, we will call you prior to space assignment. Applications received without full payment will not be processed. Payment for space must be received in U.S. dollars.

Priority points only apply to exhibitors who return their contract and full payment by Friday, January 22, 2016. If two companies have the same number of points in the priority listing, booth space will be assigned based on the date the contract is received. Companies not having priority points will be assigned booth space according to the date their contract and full payment are received. After January 22, space will be assigned upon receipt of the contract and full payment.

Exhibitors wishing to avoid assignment of space adjacent to a particular competitor should indicate so on their application; careful consideration will be given to such requests. AWT retains the exclusive right to revise the exhibit hall floor plan(s) and/or relocate any assigned exhibitors as necessary for the betterment of the AWT Annual Convention & Exposition, as determined solely by AWT.

Subletting Space

No exhibitor shall assign, sublet, or apportion all or any part of the space assigned, or have representatives, products, or materials from companies other than its own in said exhibit without the written consent of AWT.

Installation and Dismantling of Exhibits

The exhibit hall will be open on Tuesday, September 6, from 11:00  am – 5:00 pm for exhibitor move-in, and on Wednesday, September 7, from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm for final preparations, such as lighting, powering of equipment, etc.

At 2:00 pm, on Wednesday, September 7, an inspection will be made. Exhibits that are obviously not being set up and have no representative present will be assigned to the labor contractor for uncrating and erecting to facilitate crate removal and initial cleaning prior to the exhibit hall opening. Charges will be billed to the exhibitor. Permission for late setup on Wednesday, September 7 will be handled on a per-request basis with 30 days written notice given to AWT staff. No exhibit may be erected during open Exposition hours.

Dismantling of exhibits and packing of equipment may not begin until after 2:00 pm, Friday, September 9. Exhibitors who dismantle their booths prior to the announced closing risk losing their priority points and future exhibit invitations. All exhibits must be packed and ready for removal from the exhibit area no later than 7:00 pm on Friday, September 9.

Exhibitor’s Service E-Kit

A complete Exhibitor’s Service E-Kit, containing all the necessary order forms for drayage, electrical, furniture rental, carpeting, cleaning, etc., will be available online. Information will be emailed to each exhibitor by NexxtShow, the general contractor/decorator, by Friday, March 25. Orders should be submitted by the "Key Dates" listed in the service manual to receive discounted rates.

Exhibitor Giveaways

Exhibitors are allowed to distribute giveaways at their booth(s). Exhibitors must confine their activities to the space for which they have contracted; this includes the distribution of printed materials.

Hospitality Events

Exhibitors agree not to host hospitality suites during the Annual Convention. Exhibitors also agree not to have any entertainment or other functions for large, organized groups during the course of the convention. This non-competition provision also applies to private demonstrations, facilities tours, etc. Exhibitors agree that these activities detract from the overall merit of the show. The types of activities listed above are prohibited unless approved in writing by AWT.

Liability and Insurance

AWT and its officers, directors, volunteers, employees, agents, and sponsors are not responsible or liable for damage to the exhibitor’s property, owned or rented, his personnel or invitees, or that of his employees or agents, from personal injury, fire, theft, or any other cause.

Exhibitors are advised to secure insurance coverage for personnel, products, and exhibits at their own expense. Such coverage can usually be provided by requesting a rider to the company’s existing policy, if coverage is not already in force.

Exhibitors shall be bound by the terms of the contract held by AWT with the San Diego Convention Center. Exhibitors agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and defend AWT and its officers, directors, volunteers, employees, agents, and sponsors, and the San Diego Convention Center and its respective members, officers, directors, agents, and employees from and against any and all liabilities, damages, actions, costs, losses, claims, and expenses, including reasonable attorney’s fees, on account of personal injury, death, or damage to or loss of property or profits arising out of or resulting, in whole or in part, from any act of omission, negligence, fault, or violation of law or ordinance of the exhibitor or its employees, agents, subcontractor, or invitees or any other person entering the facility with the implied or express permission of the exhibitor. Such indemnification by the exhibitor shall apply unless such damage or injury results from the sole negligence, gross negligence, or willful misconduct of the exhibitor, its employees, or its subcontractors.

Children/young adults under the age of 16 are not permitted on the exhibit floor during installation and dismantling hours.


Public address systems are not permitted. The noise level from any demonstrations or sound system should be kept to a minimum and should not interfere with others. Electrical or mechanical apparatus must be muffled so that noise does not interfere with other exhibitors. AWT reserves the right to determine at what point sound constitutes interference with others.


By signing the space application incorporating these terms by references, the exhibitor agrees to abide by these rules and regulations and the decisions of AWT. This contract will become binding for both the exhibitor and AWT upon its acceptance by AWT staff.

These terms and conditions have been developed to offer each exhibitor equality regardless of size. Each exhibiting company should be given equal opportunity, within reason, to present its products to the target audience in the most effective manner.

Payment and Refunds

No booth assignments will be made until full payment and a complete application form have been received.

Cancellations must be submitted in writing to:

AWT Headquarters
9707 Key West Avenue, Suite 100
Rockville, MD 20850
Fax: (301) 990-9771
Email: bbienkowski@awt.org

Cancellations received by Friday, June 17, 2016, will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be made after Friday, June 17, 2016. Please note: If the exhibitor reduces the space reserved, the cancellation clause will apply to that portion of the space cancelled.

Exhibit Hall Conduct

Exhibitors agree to abide by all pertinent laws, ordinances, rules, regulations, and codes of duly authorized local, state, and federal governing bodies concerning fire, safety, and health, together with the rules and regulations of the operations and/or owners of the exhibition facility.

Exhibit space must be fully operational and staffed during published exhibit hours.

Exhibitors will use the assigned exhibit space solely for the purposes of exhibit displays and meetings. Exhibitors will not permit the space to be used for any unlawful purpose or in any manner as to injure persons or property in or near the exhibit space hereby assigned. Management reserves the right to restrict exhibits that, because of noise, method of operation, or any other reason, become objectionable or otherwise detract from, or are out of keeping with, the character of the exposition as a whole. The materials and conduct of all exhibitors are subject to the approval of management, which reserves the right to require modification to any exhibit that is deemed inappropriate for the exposition.

All exhibitor representatives should conduct themselves professionally. Exhibitors must treat all attendees equally and with respect. The AWT Convention and Exposition is a friendly show. Exhibitors should avoid remarks or actions toward other companies that are defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal.