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NEW! The Merchant Advisory Group’s (MAG) Tech Forum is a one-day event within the MAG Annual Conference. Designed specifically for payment IT professionals, the Tech Forum provides education and networking opportunities with leading technology providers focused on innovative uses of new technologies, such as AI/Machine learning, Authentication/Biometrics and Blockchain, in creating a more frictionless customer experience.

Tech Forum attendees are welcome to stay for the entire MAG Annual Conference (September 18 and 19) and hear from payments professionals on the most recent developments in the broader payments space.

Join the conversation #MAGTechForum



"I'm excited about participating in the Tech Forum because we are in a period of rapid innovation in all aspects of consumer payments and the forum will help us shape our technical infrastructure to respond accordingly."
Keith Gardiner, Manager Digital Innovation, Chevron





THANK YOU TECH FORUM SPONSORS

Bank of America Merchant Services
Citcon
Deloitte
FirstData-Fiserv
Ingenico Group
J.P. Morgan
Mastercard
Anywhere Mobile MShift
OLS
Worldpay from FIS
Discover
Forter
Oliver Wyman
Rebar Technology
Stuzo
Visa
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Tech Forum Agenda* - *Agenda subject to change

Business Case Toolkit

Getting approval to attend the MAG Tech Forum requires demonstrating the benefits of the conference to your organization and persuading your boss that you are the right person to invest in attending.

In this toolkit, the MAG offers resources to help you develop your business case and to secure funding to attend the MAG Tech Forum. The kit provides a sample justification letter, tips on how to demonstrate ROI, networking ideas, and strategies for sharing your knowledge with coworkers after the event.

STEP 1
PREPARE TO CONVINCE YOUR BOSS

  • Connect with your peers to identify session topics that are valuable to your employer.

  • Review and identify sponsors/exhibitors that provide insights/solutions for your company’s top issues.

  • Review MAG member companies to identify key organizations for networking and relationship development.

  • Use Expenses section in the justification letter template to help estimate costs.
STEP 2
DEMONSTRATE RETURN ON INVESTMENT

  • Customize the justification letter to include details on sessions specific to the business objectives of your company.

  • Schedule time to meet with your boss to review the conference agenda, and your networking plan. (See Step 3 Develop Your Networking Plan). Also review your post-conference knowledge sharing plan. (See Step 4 Create Post-Conference Sharing Plan).





STEP 3
DEVELOP YOUR NETWORKING PLAN


Smartphone

Use the conference mobile app to connect (available August 29):

  • Review the speaker, sponsor and merchant attendee lists a week or two before the conference.

  • Research people you’d like to meet and reach out using the app.

  • Set up a 10-15-minute meeting over coffee or a drink.
Email Keep the conversation going:
  • Connect with colleagues who also attended – comparing and sharing perspectives.

  • Join one of the MAG Special Interest Groups, which will connect you to business colleagues within your company's vertical(s).

  • Reach out to MAG Staff after the conference to collaborate on future engagement.

STEP 4
CREATE POST-CONFERENCE SHARING PLAN


Break down your top five MAG Tech Forum takeaways:

  • Prioritize the top five items to help you focus the information you’ve gathered and make it easier for your colleagues to learn.

Commit to a one-week de-brief:
  • Carve out time as soon as possible to share high points with your team.

  • Efficiently combine sharing your knowledge during existing activities.

  • Download slide decks to recall information and share key points.

  • Share the MAG 2019 webinar schedule, which will include Tech Forum curated content.

Registration

Merchants


Tech Forum is complimentary for all Merchant Members
when registering for the Annual Conference

Sponsorship Level

Complimentary
Registrations

After
August 23


 MAG Annual Sponsor and
 Tech Forum Sponsor- Contributing

 3+ Annual Sponsorship Comps
(based on level - see info below)

 $1,095/person 


 MAG Annual Sponsor and
 Tech Forum Sponsor- General

 2+ Annual Sponsorship Comps
(based on level-see info below)

$1,095/person


 Non-MAG Annual Sponsor,
 Tech Forum Sponsor- Contributing

2

$1,095/person


 Non-MAG Annual Sponsor,
 Tech Forum Sponsor- General

1

$1,095/person


 MAG Annual Sponsor and
 NOT a Tech Forum Sponsor

0

$1,095/person


 Prospect MAG Annual Sponsor
 and NOT a Tech Forum Sponsor

0

$3,000/person

 

Annual Sponsors

The number of complimentary registrations for MAG conferences are based on your sponsorship level. 

The number of complimentary registrations for the 2019 Annual Conference will follow the 2019 Annual Sponsorship Benefits chart below. View your sponsorship level on the MAG Annual Sponsor page.


Sponsorship Level


Complimentary Registrations


After
August 23

Elite Acquirer

7

$1,595/person

Elite Brand

5

$1,595/person

Premier Acquirer

4

$1,595/person

Platinum

5

$1,595/person

Silver

2

$1,595/person

Not sure if you are a MAG sponsor? View the current Annual Sponsors by sponsor level.

 

Become a Tech Forum Sponsor

If you are a current MAG Annual Sponsor in good standing, proceed to become a Tech Forum Sponsor.

If you are NOT currently a MAG Annual Sponsor and are interested in learning how to become a Tech Forum sponsor for the 2019 Annual Conference, please contact Amy Sellheim at Amy.Sellheim@merchantadvisorygroup.org to learn more.

Learn more about Tech Forum Sponsorship Offerings and Benefits.

Become a Tech Forum Exhibitor

If you are NOT currently a MAG Annual Sponsor and are interested in learning how to become a Tech Forum exhibitor for the 2019 Annual Conference, please contact Amy Sellheim at Amy.Sellheim@merchantadvisorygroup.org to learn more.

Tech Forum Speakers