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2020 Mid-Year Conference Speakers

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Important Deadlines

December 2: Special A/V requests due to MAG Staff

December 6: Speaker Bios and Headshots due 

December 6: Deadline for speakers to register 

January 14: Hotel Discounted Rate Ends 

January 17: PPTs due to MAG staff 

January 17: Early Bird Registration Deadline

January 20: Handouts for any session are due to MAG staff 

February 4: Last day to register online for the 2020 Mid-Year Conference

Questions? Please contact MAG Staff, Lisa Mercurio

Registration & Speaker Agreement Form

Step 1: Speaker Registration
Select the speaker registration box that applies to the session you are presenting.
MERCHANT SPEAKERS If you are a merchant and are speaking in a Education Session, Tech Forum or Merchant Only Sessions - Register here*. Use the promo code supplied by MAG Staff to receive the correct pricing.
*Must be logged in to register. If you don't have a log in, please contact the MAG staff. 
SPONSOR SPEAKERS If you are a sponsor and are speaking in an Education Session or General Session - Register here*. Use the promo code supplied by MAG Staff to receive the correct pricing.
*Must be logged in to register. If you don't have a log in, please contact the MAG staff. 
TECH FORUM SPEAKERS  If you are a sponsor and are speaking at the Tech Forum - Contact Lisa Mercurio at lisa.mercurio@merchantadvisorygroup.org to receive information on how to register.
SPONSOR BREAKOUT SESSION SPEAKERS If you are a sponsor and are presenting a Sponsor Breakout Session- Register here.*
*Must be logged in to register. If you don't have a log in, please contact the MAG staff. 
 SPEAKER - OTHER  If you are neither a sponsor nor a member and are speaking in a Education Session or General Session - Register here.
Step 2: Speaker Form (includes upload for bio/photo and speaker agreement)
Please complete the speaker agreement form and provide your brief bio and head-shot for the MAG Staff. Please submit a high resolution photo for printing quality. 

  • Speakers do not receive compensation or expense reimbursement. It is a member and sponsor benefit to present at the MAG. 

  • If you are unsure if you are a Sponsor Breakout Session speaker or General Session speaker, contact Lisa Mercurio with the MAG. 
  • Hotel

    • The MAG room block will open in early November. We encourage speakers to book early. Additional information about the conference hotel and transportation options can be found on our 2020 Mid-Year Conference hotel page. 
    • Speakers are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements at the official conference hotel, the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.
    • Unless otherwise agreed to in writing, the MAG does not reimburse speakers for lodging. The MAG negotiates a reduced rate for all conference attendees.  

    Audio Visual

    General Session Room & Thursday Merchant Only Rooms include the following A/V:
    •  LCD projector for PowerPoint presentations
    •  Projection screen
    •  Podium microphone
    •  Lavaliere(s) microphone
    •  Window’s Based Laptop
    •  Wireless clicker
    •  Slido for live Q&A
    •  Two Confidence Monitors- one for PPT display and one for Slido display
    •  Speakers
    •  Countdown Timer

    Education Session Rooms include the following A/V:
    •  LCD  projector for PowerPoint presentations
    •  Projection screen
    •  Podium microphone
    •  Lavaliere(s) microphone
    •  Window’s Based Laptop
    •  Wireless clicker
    •  Slido for live Q&A
    •  Two Confidence Monitors- one for PPT display and one for Slido display
    •  Speakers
    •  Countdown timer

    Sponsor Breakout Session Rooms include the following A/V:
    •  LCD  projector for PowerPoint presentations
    •  Projection screen
    •  Podium microphone
    •  One Lavaliere microphone
    •  Window’s Based Laptop
    •  Wireless clicker
    •  Speakers 
    •  Countdown Timer

    Technology Forum Room includes the following A/V:
    •  LCD  projector for PowerPoint presentations
    •  Projection screen
    •  Podium microphone
    •  Lavaliere(s) microphone
    •  Window’s Based Laptop
    •  Wireless clicker
    •  Slido for live Q&A
    •  Two Confidence Monitors- one for PPT display and one for Slido display
    •  Speakers 
    •  Countdown Timer

    PowerPoint Presentation Guidelines and Requirements

    Submission Deadline: January 17, 2020

    PPT Templates for MYC2020 Speakers will be available soon.

    • PowerPoints should use a 16:9 format 
    • Speakers are encouraged to use the presentation template provided by the MAG.
    • Download the 2020 Mid-Year Conference PPT Template
    • Make sure the first slide of the presentation includes the title of the presentation and names of the presenters.
    • Your company logo may be inserted only on the Introduction page of the presentation
    • Commercial logos and marketing messages are prohibited in presentations. Please be sure there are no product details or business pitches.

    PPT Templates for Tech Forum Speakers will be available soon.

    • PowerPoints should use a 16:9 format 
    • Speakers are encouraged to use the presentation template provided by the MAG.
    • Download the 2020 Mid-Year Tech Forum PPT Template
    • Make sure the first slide of the presentation includes the title of the presentation and names of the presenters.
    • Your company logo may be inserted only on the Introduction page of the presentation
    • Commercial logos and marketing messages are prohibited in presentations. Please be sure there are no product details or business pitches.

    VIDEO: If presentation includes video, it must be embedded into the presentation, meaning the video “lives” inside the presentation. Please make sure the presentation and video have been tested and both work fine. Presenters using video are required to notify the MAG staff by December 2nd with special AV needs.

    While all PowerPoints are required to be turned in by January 17, we encourage all speakers to bring a back-up of their presentation on an USB flash drive/memory stick. All videos should be an .avi or .mpg (not .mov) format so they run properly.

    Tips and Tricks for presentation:

    • Have no more than six lines of text per slide and not more than six words per line.
    • Replace words with images wherever possible.
    • Graphics are easier to read than tables of information.
    • Use light type and graphics on a dark background. 
    • Don’t use borders or frame lines in your projected image. 

    MAG retains control over the presentation of sessions, topics, and materials, and all session materials are the property of MAG.

    Handouts

    Presenters wishing to provide handouts should contact the MAG to make arrangements by January 17. All handouts will need to be approved by MAG Staff. 

    Speaker General Information

    Attire 
    The conference dress code is business-casual. When planning your outfit please be aware that speakers may wear a tie and jacket, and that some stage sets include a panel table with a drape and others are just chairs without anything between the speakers and the audience.  

    Consent of photographic/video images 
    Registration and attendance at, or participation in, MAG meetings and other events constitutes an agreement by the registrant to MAG's use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions, and audiotapes of such events and activities. 

    Cancellations/Changes

    If for any reason you are unable to present, the MAG must be informed of all cancellations or changes immediately up to the time of your presentation. Please notify the MAG as soon as possible.  


    QUESTIONS? Please contact Lisa Mercurio.

    The MAG Experience:

    With over 600 attendees representing cross verticals in the payments industry, whether you are new to payments or an industry veteran, the MAG Annual Conference will provide you with valuable tools and information that you can take back to your workplace.