Announcing Engadget Expand, a live event and expo for gadget fans!

Maybe you've been to one of our reader meetups, or heard about the good gadgety times that roll when Engadget comes to town. Get ready for that effect on steroids. The entire Engadget staff is insanely excited to announce a new two-day experience that kicks our meetup vibe up more than a few notches.

Engadget Expand will be a brand new event designed from the ground up especially for you, dear reader. There are plenty of events out there for industry insiders and the tech press -- folks we'll absolutely cater to and invite -- but the crux of this experience is squarely for the consumer who loves, lives, and breathes technology. Our inaugural event will be in San Francisco at the historic Fort Mason Center over two days on March 16-17, 2013, with future events to be announced in the months ahead.

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Expand will be a unique opportunity to hear from your favorite consumer electronics luminaries on stage, talk directly with Engadget editors, and get your hands on some of the latest and greatest new devices at our show floor exhibition. The show will offer live panel and one-on-one sessions with some of our industry's greatest visionaries, plus put you face to face with the product people behind the most interesting and innovative devices on the market today. We'll also show you a great time at our day one after-party featuring live music and special guests.

Announcing Engadget Expand, a live event and expo for gadget fans!

In addition to showcasing the hottest new technologies from the major manufacturers we know and love (and giving a bunch of them away to attendees!), we'll also be putting the spotlight on a whole new wave of inventors and product gurus you'll be hearing about next. Our Insert Coin: New Challengers competition takes our long-running series about the most promising crowdfunded hardware and puts it on stage, with live product demos and a competition where your vote and our panel of judges combine forces to pick the best of the best.

We urge you to experience the very first Expand with us this coming March, and we're doing our best to keep the ticket prices reasonable. If you aren't able to attend in person, you'll still be able to tune in to two full days of livestreamed coverage right here on Engadget. We'll have everything that's happening on stage beamed across the internets for you, along with a ton of special footage from backstage interviews and sneak peaks from the exhibit hall floor.

Head on over to our official Expand event page to sign up and be the first to be informed about all the vital details and developments -- including information on when ticket sales will begin, speakers and companies exhibiting, Insert Coin submissions, and more.

  • If you're a company that would like to work with us on an exhibition or sponsorship level, please drop us a line at sponsors *at* engadget *dot* com

  • If you're interested in speaking at the event, please contact expand *at* engadget *dot* com to inquire.

  • If you're a member of the media interested in covering Expand, please contact engadget *at* for more information.

We hope to see you in San Francisco!