MAG’s Mid-Year Conference & Tech Forum will take place February 13-16, 2023, at the J.W. Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa.

Industry-leading speakers will focus on the latest payment-industry trends including innovation in payments.

Tech Forum Attendees: We are looking forward to building on the record-setting Annual Conference 2022 Tech Forum!  The 2023 Mid-Year Conference Tech Forum event will dive deeper into the technology of payments while continuing to connect merchant IT professionals and their business partners with technology sponsors through technology-focused educational sessions and engaging networking events.

Continue to check our conference website as planning continues and more information becomes available. We look forward to connecting and seeing you in San Antonio!

Countdown to San Antonio!

February 13, 2023

Registration Information

Registration for the 2023 Mid-Year Conference and Tech Forum is now open!

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We look forward to you joining us for a dynamic lineup of speakers, discussions on the latest payment-industry topics, and robust engagement opportunities.

  • November 10 - Registration Opens for Mid-Year Conference and Tech Forum
  • January 13  - Early Bird Deadline
  • January 13 - No Refunds for Cancellations Deadlines, all events
    • Mid-Year Conference
    • Tech Forum
  • January 19 - Hotel Block Closes
  • January 26 - No Transfers/Substitutions
    • No changes to different individuals from company (Mid-Year Conference & Tech)
  • February 9, 11:00pm CT - Mid-Year Conference & Tech Forum Online Registration Closes
  • February 13, 2023, 9:00 AM CT - February 16, 2023, 4:00 PM CT
    Mid-Year Conference and Tech Forum
    J.W. Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa

The Mid-Year Conference and Tech Forum will be held at the J.W. Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa.

Be sure to book your room early. The MAG has secured a discounted group rate of $269 plus tax per night for hotel rooms booked by January 19.

  • Payments professionals representing cross verticals who want to drive positive change in the payments industry.  
  • Payments operations or payments technology subject matter experts willing to share knowledge.  
  • New payments professionals looking to gain a foundational knowledge of payments and the ecosystem.
  • You must be registered for the conference to attend any of the Mid-Year or Tech Forum programming. 
  • Registration grants access to education sessions, general sessions, breakout sessions, exhibit hall, and all MAG networking events.
    • MAG offers Merchant-Only sessions that are restricted to MAG merchant members and guest merchants.

Registration Fees

Merchant Member Conference Fees

  • All MAG merchant members are eligible to attend both Mid-Year Conference and Tech Forum. Current MAG Members receive 5 complimentary registrations that can be used for either event.
  • If you are not a merchant member of the MAG and wish to attend a conference, please contact Kristi Simonett, Director, Membership Engagement and Sponsorship Programs  for options and the process to attend.

The number of complimentary registrations for MAG conferences are based on your sponsorship level. View MAG Annual Sponsors and levels.

Annual Sponsors Conference Fees

Exhibit Hall Passes

Use promo code EXHMYC231302 when registering to secure the $100 Exhibitor Set Up/ Tear Down Only pass.
Use promo code EXHSTAFFMYC231302 when registering exhibit booth staff registration fee of $800.

  • Prospective Merchant Pricing
    • Complimentary passes are available for first-time attendees, limit 2 total per company, and include access to the Mid-Year Conference and Tech Forum agendas
  • Prospective Sponsor Pricing
    • Registration is $3,000/person: includes access to the Mid-Year Conference and Tech Forum agendas
If you are not a merchant member or a sponsor of the MAG and wish to attend a conference, please contact Kristi Simonett, Director, Membership Engagement and Sponsorship Programs for options and the process to attend.
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Tech Forum

The MAG Tech Forum is aligned with the MAG bi-annual conference designed specifically for payment IT professionals. Technologies in payments continue to evolve at a rapid pace, and the Tech Forum provides education and networking opportunities among merchant technology professionals and leading technology providers focused on innovative uses of these new relevant payment technologies.

The objectives of holding the Tech Forum event alongside our MAG conferences is to foster collaboration, provide tech-focused knowledge, and build relationships across merchants, their payments IT and business teams, and technology focused sponsors.

Connect with IT professionals at the Tech Forum and payments professionals at the MAG conference events representing over 150 of the largest U.S. merchants which account for over $4.8 trillion in annual sales across physical and digital commerce.
Create new business connections with Tech Forum and MAG merchant member attendees from every vertical (eCommerce, Mass Merchant, Petroleum/Convenience Stores and Small Ticket/Restaurant).

Presentations are available on current industry topics that your business peers across the retail community are grappling with in their companies. Join the strategic discussions and learn best practices for today’s rapidly changing payments environment.

Access to industry experts who provide the latest insights and innovative uses of new payment technologies twice a year through panel and keynote sessions, as well as within the exhibit halls at in-person events.

Beyond the in-person meetings twice a year, participate in the MAG webinar series, online learning, MAG committees, and Community of Practice (COP) efforts offered throughout the year. Want to get even more involved? Be a panelist at one of our upcoming events and share your perspective with fellow merchants.

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Do not respond if an individual outside of MAG contacts you regarding accommodations or contact lists.


Mid-Year Conference and Tech Forum Agenda

Last updated on Friday, February 3, 2023. All times are in (UTC-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)

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  • In Person

  • Virtual

  • Livestream

  • Rebroadcast

  • Merchant Only Session

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    Networking Reception - Hosted by PULSE, a Discover Company

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  • Merchant Only Session

  • Attention Tech Forum Attendees: The MAG has assigned 100 or 200 levels to our tech sessions to better inform attendees on the technical depth of each session. Please see descriptions below.  

    100:  These sessions will tend to have content that appeals to a more diverse audience.

    200:  These sessions will tend to have content that appeals to a more technical audience.

    Agenda subject to change.

    Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors

    The MAG 2023 Mid-Year Conference & Tech Forum will offer a variety of opportunities to show support for the MAG and gain additional exposure as you showcase your brand to conference attendees.

    As a MAG exhibitor and/or Annual sponsor, merchants will:

    • View your company as a relevant solution provider to current or future payment needs
    • Recognize your company brand, products, and services
    • See you as a supporter and partner in the payments community

    REMINDER: You must be a current MAG Annual Sponsor in good standing to be a Mid-Year Conference and/or Tech Forum Conference sponsor. View the MAG Annual Sponsor Listing here.


    Review Conference Exhibit and Sponsorship Opportunities

    Important Deadlines

    December 9, 2022

    • Deadline to sign up as a MAG Mid-Year or Tech Forum Sponsor
    • Deadline to sign up as a Mid-Year Conference or Tech Forum Conference Sponsor and/or Exhibitor

    Exhibit personnel who will staff your booth must be registered for the conference and can register using one of the three options below:

    • Standard Sponsor registration using either a comp or purchasing a full conference pass.
    • $100 Exhibitor Set Up/Take Down Only*: EXHMYC231302
      • *Grants access to the Exhibit Hall for set up on Monday, Feb 13 from 8am-5pm CT and take down on Wednesday, Feb 16 from 5:30pm – 9pm CT.
    • $800 Exhibit Booth Staff Pass for MYC & Tech Forum**: EXHSTAFFMYC231302
      • ** This pass will not allow access to other conference elements including the general or education session. This pass is for those who will only be staffing your booth but will not be attending sessions.

    Mid-Year Conference and/or Tech Forum sponsorships and exhibits will not be guaranteed or promoted until payment has been received.  We encourage you to submit your payment as soon as possible.

    Once your conference sponsorship and/or exhibit selection is made and approved, a MAG Staff member will reach out for payment.

    *If your company would like to purchase lead retrieval licenses for the MAG Mid-Year Conference exhibit hall, payments will be processed via credit card directly in the Exhibitor and Sponsorship selection portal.

    Though your booth is complimentary, you must visit the Conference Sponsorship and Exhibitor website to make your exhibit booth selection.

    Please let Jennifer Mammele know by December 9, 2022, if you will not be utilizing your exhibit space.

    Conference Sponsorship & Exhibitor Questions: Contact Jennifer Mammele.

    Interested in Becoming a MAG Annual Sponsor?  Contact Kristi Simonett.

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    Thank you for being a valued MAG partner and agreeing to share your expertise and insights with our conference attendees.

    Click here to see the latest updates & guidelines for your presentation.



    Thank You Mid-Year Conference and Tech Forum Sponsors

    Mid-Year Conference Sponsors

    Tech Forum Sponsors

    The Merchant Advisory Group

    Driving positive change and innovation in the payments industry that serves the merchants interest through collaboration, education, and advocacy.