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2024 GigaZone Gaming Championship & TechXpo Now Accepting Exhibitor Applications

One of the Largest Rural Gaming Events in the United States will return to the Sanford Center April 20

(Bemidji, MN) (December 29, 2023) – The GigaZone Gaming Championship and TechXpo, a Paul Bunyan Communications event, will return on Saturday, April 20, 2024 at the Sanford Center in Bemidji and applications are now being accepted to be an exhibitor at the TechXpo. It is FREE to be an exhibitor but space is limited and the exhibit must display the use of technology. The application is online at and the deadline to apply by March 1, 2024

The GigaZone TechXpo exposes a growing regional audience to technology innovation and help them turn their technical skills and enthusiasm into successful careers right here northern Minnesota. Start-ups and companies creatively leveraging technology can demonstrate their innovation to a large group of tech-savvy potential employees. Educators and educational institutions can promote the technology training programs they have to offer.

"We were thrilled to have over 35 exhibitors from area businesses and schools who took the leap of faith that his would be a worthwhile event to be a part of and we hope to have even more this year." said Gary Johnson, Paul Bunyan Communications CEO/General Manager

"We are close to securing this year's special guest too and we will reveal who that will be in the coming weeks," said Brian Bissonette, Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor, "obviously Woz is a tough act to follow but we're confident that this year's guest will be very engaging as well. Stayed tuned!"

The GigaZone Gaming Championship will feature free gaming on various console and arcade games, numerous tournaments, door prizes, and more. There is no cost to enter the tournaments or for any of the gaming. Tournament details will be posted on the GigaZone Gaming Discord, Twitch channel, and Facebook page as well as

This one-of-a-kind event showcases Paul Bunyan Communications' IT and web development team, which custom-built and integrated much of the online technology being used and leverages the speed of the GigaZone, one of the largest rural all-fiber optic gigabit networks in the country. The entire gaming event is run off a single residential GigaZone Internet connection.

This Paul Bunyan Communications event includes the talents of many local partners, including NLFX, Accidently Cool Games, Northern Amusement, and the Sanford Center, as well as support from several regional and national partners.

Paul Bunyan Communications has one of the largest and fastest rural all-fiber optic networks in the United States, with over 6,000 square miles throughout most of Beltrami County and portions of Aitkin, Cass, Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching, and St. Louis Counties. The Cooperative provides GigaZone Internet with speeds up to 10 Gig, digital and high-definition television services, digital voice services, and Residential and Business IT services. It is also northern Minnesota's certified Apple Service Center.


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