Since its inception in 2014, MMS has hosted Beer Sessions. Starting in 2024, these 5pm sessions will be rebranded as Happy Hour, focusing on soft skills in each room.
On Monday evening, we'll continue the tradition of hosting the conference's largest gathering, The State of the Union, at 5pm. For the remaining evenings, the 5pm Happy Hour will feature smaller, intimate sessions. These will provide a relaxed way to conclude the day, offering not only informative content but also a diverse range of topics.
In 2023, we expanded our reception to utilize all the ballrooms, and we're excited to continue this in 2024. Each room will feature a unique theme (music, games, etc.), and upon registration, you'll receive a passport. As you explore the ballrooms, visit each themed room to collect a stamp. Completing your passport earns you a drink coin for Happy Hour. Note you can get details on what's going on in each room in sched.
This setup is designed to enhance your networking opportunities and help you familiarize yourself with the venue's layout before sessions begin the following day.
Wondering where to start your evening? The choice is yours—feel free to mingle anywhere!
We'll repeat the Northern Lights theme we did in 2023. Expect to see our speakers clad in jackets with a northern lights theme. We'll have that theme in the slides and photo backdrop as well. If you've heard of jam sessions, cabana sessions, or camping sessions in the past, the theme for 2024 is Stargazing Sessions.
To match the northern lights theme, camping sessions are called Stargazing Sessions. This year, we'll have two tents for speakers instead of one. This gives you more chances of sitting with a speaker. The red tent will remain the tent with Microsoft staff.
For 2024, instead of escape rooms to encourage networking with your peers and speakers, we've acquired tickets for:
- Nickelodeon Universe wristbands
- Moose Mountain minigolf passes
- Rock of Ages blacklight minigolf passes
Note: no cost to speakers or attendees. You may sign up for one session only. Users found signing up for more than one will be removed from all.
For 2024, instead of the usual drink tickets, you'll receive a coin when you pick up your badge at the registration table which can be exchanged for a free drink during Happy Hour (formerly known as beer sessions). Don't worry, we also offer sodas and non-alcoholic beverages.
This year, MMS introduces multiple ways to earn additional coins, which can be redeemed for drinks or saved up for higher value items (details to be announced). Earn coins by:
- Asking insightful questions in sessions
- Completing your welcome reception passport
- Filling out a bingo card
- Engaging with speakers or sponsors, who will distribute their limited daily supply at their discretion
- Making a video with our videographer, Sam
Drinks can still be purchased with cash if you prefer.
This year we'll get you timely communications at MMS via Discord.
Sign up and network with peers and speakers. We're also working on ways to use Discord to reward you for networking during MMS.