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The Merchant Advisory Group’s (MAG) Tech Forum is a one-day event being held on February 11th, 2020 within the MAG Mid-Year 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 Mid-Year Conference (February 11-13) and hear from payments professionals on the most recent developments in the broader payments space.


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THANK YOU TECH FORUM SPONSORS

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Tech Forum Agenda* - *Agenda subject to change

Registration

Merchants


Tech Forum is complimentary for all Merchant Members
when registering for the Mid-Year Conference

Sponsorship Level

Complimentary
Registrations to Tech Forum

Additional Registrations


 Tech Forum Sponsor- Contributing

 4

 $1,495/person 


 Tech Forum Sponsor- General

 2

$1,495/person


 MAG Annual Sponsor and NOT a Tech Forum Sponsor

0

$1,495/person

 Prospect Annual Sponsors and Prospect Tech Forum Sponsors

To attend Mid-Year Conference and Tech Forum, all Prospect Sponsors and Prospect Tech Forum Sponsors must pay $3,000 per person to attend and be approved prior to registering. Contact Kari Hartley if you are interested in attending.
 

 

Annual Sponsors

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

The number of complimentary registrations for the 2020 Mid-Year Conference will follow the 2019-2020 Annual Sponsorship Benefits chart below. View your sponsorship level on the MAG Annual Sponsor page.


Sponsorship Level 


 Complimentary
Registrations

 Additional 
 Registrations 


After
January 17


Elite Acquirer

7

$1,495/person 

$1,595/person


Elite Brand

5

 $1,495/person

$1,595/person


Premier Acquirer

4

 $1,495/person

$1,595/person


Platinum

5

 $1,495/person

$1,595/person


Silver

2

$1,495/person 

$1,595/person

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

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


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Use the conference mobile app to connect (available in early February):

  • 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.

Become a Tech Forum Sponsor

If you are a current MAG Annual Sponsor in good standing, learn more about becoming 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 2020 Mid-Year Conference, please contact Stephanie Purcel at Stephanie.Purcel@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 2020 Mid-Year Conference, please contact Stephanie Purcel at Stephanie.Purcel@merchantadvisorygroup.org to learn more.

Tech Forum Speakers

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.