MMS does not include the cost of meals in our standard registration package. During MMS, you can enjoy complimentary coffee, water, and light snacks. For standard meals, we encourage you to take advantage of all the food located in and around the Mall of America, or consider our MMS Meal Plan option.
MMS Meal Plan
For some companies (and employees), it's easier for you to choose a registration package that includes food, rather than managing your receipts for each meal. When registering, simply select the meal plan for $50 per day, and at registration you'll receive a $50 gift card (per day) for the FireLake Grill House. You can then use these gift cards any time you choose, for any amount, for food and beverages.
FireLake Grill House
An attendee favorite for breakfast, lunch, dinner, AND drinks, the FireLake Grill House is right next to the conference center. You will find speakers mingling with attendees pretty much any time of day or night here. Great food (ask about their $10 beer and burger for lunch), and the cocktail bar is open till midnight during the week.
Dining in the Mall of America
And just a five-minute walk from the conference center you will find dozens of food choices. Andrew Zimmern's blog lists 7 Food Spots at the Mall of America that Don't Suck– that's a good start, but there are many more than don't suck, we promise.
Breakfast and Late Night
Caribou Coffee is next to the conference center. IHOPis just across the street for breakfast. And TGI Fridaysis also next door and is open late. Chevy'sis also a late night option.
We really couldn't be happier with these results. They really show that we've nailed a great formula here for success.
Are you coming into town for MMS 2017 Sunday and looking for something to do? Let's kick off MMS properly by visiting a local brewery or two. Plans are in the works already so clear your calendar for noon on Sunday, the 14th .
Follow Fred Bainbridge on Twitter for updates, @FredBainbridge, #MMSBEER.
MMS moves from 3 days to 4-full days for 2017 which will require a bump in pricing (no pre-con this year). We plan a very short early bird window to allow those with limited funds a chance to get in at a good rate. As of 30 Nov, the full rate will go into effect.
We highly encourage the hotel stay as we have evening events to help networking continue on after hours. We consider MMS to be a networking event as much as a technical conference.
General Registration: $1799
Early bird discount of $500 until 30 November, 2016.
Sun-Mon-Tue, Mon-Tue-Wed, Tue-Wed-Thu: +$500
Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed, Mon-Tue-Wed-Thu, Tue-Wed-Thu-Fri: +$625
Sun-Thu, Mon-Fri: + $700
Ale cart: $169/night
FireLake Meal Plan. This option should help the few folks who rely on one large bill for everything. FireLake is the only restaurant in the hotel and is ranked 2nd for restaurants in Bloomington on TripAdvisor. They don't serve cardboard boxes full of rubbery chicken, but instead will serve you 3 great meals each day (breakfast\lunch\dinner on Mon\Tue\Wed\Thu).
Finally, we cautioned you to read closely: we'll also hold a welcome reception this year offering appetizers and drinks on Monday, 15 May at 5pm. Keep that in mind when booking travel should you wish to attend. There will also be a brewery tour that day and possibly more events to help build your networking skills. So strongly consider staying at the hotel Sunday.
Registration for MMS 2017 will open soon. Watch #MMSMOA on Twitter to catch the news of the opening.
Speaker Agreement and Expectations
*Session proposals will be accepted from November 16th to December 16th, 2016. Keep an eye on our blog and twitter feed.
By submitting a session, you agree that your presentation:
is fresh content (not presented at other conferences)
is entirely your work, completely owned by you (and your co-presenter)
can be shared publicly (sample scripts as well as presentation materials will be available and downloadable for attendees)
You also agree to the following deadlines:
You will co-present at least two sessions
Attend and participate in the conference all four days (May 15-18)
Co-lead at least one Ask-the-Experts session or Nerds of a Feather (NoF) session
Collaborate with another presenter for your sessions. (All sessions will have two presenters) Wear your speaker hoodie daily and make yourself available to attendees.
Engage with attendees - help them see the value of the community.
MMS is a deep technical conference. We expect level 300, 400, and deeper content. During slide review, we may ask you additional questions to ensure that your content will meet our attendee expectations.
Meet Deadlines! The deadlines mentioned above are crucial to ensure a well-flowing (and cost-effective) conference. Missing deadlines could result in canceling your reimbursement or acceptance to speak.
Promote MMS in your social media presence.
Promote MMS by using the speaker logo in your email signature and blog posts when possible.