Hotel and Transportation
Are there extra charges for Wi-Fi?
Wi-Fi is free in the conference area for attendees. Wi-Fi is also free in the hotel for hotel guests.
Are there extra charges for parking?
Complimentary self-parking is available based upon availability at time of arrival in the East and West Mall of America lots. If you are a registered hotel guest and are parking overnight in either of these lots, please bring the make & model of your vehicle as well as your license plate number to our front desk upon check-in. Hotel team will inform Mall team of your information.
I’m too lazy to go park myself, can I valet?
Valet parking is available based upon availability at time of arrival for $22 for overnight.
How do I get from the airport to the hotel?
Radisson Blu offers a free shuttle from the airport, just call +1 (952) 881-5258
Runs from 5am until 11pm and there is a phone outside the airport to call the hotel shuttle if you need one.
After 11pm there is a light rail train you can take to the mall - and after 2am, well just take a cab!
What if I want to stay extra nights at the hotel—is there a deal?
Of course! We want to you extend and enjoy your stay in Minnesoootah! Our special deal for the Radisson Blu is $169 per night. Please book your hotel through registration, or if you decide to book it separately, give them promo code “MMSMMS” for extra nights so you get the discount and we get credit for helping fill a room.
Where will the conference be held?
It will be on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the hotel mostly in the Lakes Ballroom. Registration will be in the foyer in front of the ballroom.
Is the conference handicap accessible?
Yes! Please contact Radisson Blu for specific questions.
How long is the walk from the Radisson Blu hotel rooms to the conference center?
This isn’t Vegas-style—you’ll get there in a minute or two walk from the elevator bank.
Is there a coat/bag check at the conference center?
Currently, there is no plan to have a coat/bag check. Check with your hotel to see if it can hold your bags on the day of checkout (if needed).
Where do I eat?
The Radisson Blu has a nice restaurant, and there are more than 50 options to choose from at the Mall of Americas – it’s just a short walk from the conference center to the mall via the enclosed sky bridge.
How do I get to the Mall of America?
Just walk across the sky bridge to the mall (and by the way, stop and visit our sponsors, as the expo will be on the sky bridge).
May I bring my family?
Of course! The Radisson Blu and the Mall of America are very family friendly (check out the attractions at the Mall of America). However, only attendees with a badge will be permitted in the conference center.
How can I offer feedback?
Do you accept PayPal or Purchase Orders?
When should I arrive/depart?
Unlike many other conferences, MMS will begin early on the first day, Monday May 15th. Please try to arrive on Sunday, May 14th, and check twitter (#MMSMOA) to find colleagues and connect the evening before the conference begins (you'll find many of us at FireLake). Also, sessions will run until 8PM on Thursday, May 18th. The airport is only 5 miles from the conference center. The MMS staff and volunteers will more-than-likely have some impromptu social gatherings on Thursday, May 18th—spend an extra night and enjoy more geek-speak!
Who are the event sponsors?
Can I sponsor?
Yes, please check our PDF for details.
Can I volunteer?
How can I prevent my wife/husband/children/assorted relatives from spending all my money at the mall?
Great question, and if you find the answer, please be sure to share it at the summit.
Why should I attend MMS?
If you attended the Microsoft Management Summit in the past, you understand the value of the deep technical sessions on System Center Products. MMS has over 100 sessions focused on System Center, Cloud, PowerShell, and SQL Server, featuring world-class presenters from around the world. In addition to sessions, you will also have the opportunity to have in-depth Q&A sessions with presenters. And probably more important than everything else is the opportunity to network with your peers—this is something that is nearly impossible at large conferences. Network with peers and share war stories, brain storm, and share best practices.
What is an MVP?
This is an annual award by Microsoft to recognize industry leaders – check out the MVP site.
What is the advantage to attending MMS vs. the Microsoft Official Curriculum (MOC) course?
MOC courses are great for someone new to a technology. Consider the MOC course a level 200 session. MMS will be level 300, 400, and 500 sessions, and dive into the products in ways you won’t find in a course. Honest, the value of attending MMS is epic—learning one useful tip (whether in a formal session or brainstorming with peers) in four days is well worth the price of admission.
When is the keynote session? I don’t see it on the agenda.
…And you won’t see a keynote session here. Catch the Microsoft keynotes for Ignite and other conferences on http://channel9.msdn.com/. MMS is at the 10 foot view, not that 1,000-foot view.
Where are the instructor-led and self-paced labs?
No labs at MMS—Attend sessions and do labs on your own time – visit the Microsoft Virtual Academy for some nice System Center labs.
Are the sessions recorded?
No. Attend the sessions, and engage with presenters and attendees during the summit to maximize your summit experience. We encourage you to not sit with your laptop open to work (sure if you get some emergency go ahead), but instead want you engaged with the speaker. We’re small enough that you can often call out for a quick clarification.
Is there an online alternative?
No. As mentioned previously, a significant value from MMS can be obtained just by being here and engaging with your peers. There is no online alternative to the opportunity to discuss your challenges, as well as meet people face to face.
Why only 750 attendees?
The Midwest Management Summit was created to help foster the community that is lost in larger conferences. We want you to get to know people, share ideas, and not get lost in the crowd. No wallflowers! We want you to have time to ask questions at the end of a session, as well as participate in several Nerds of a Feather sessions.
What is a Nerds of a Feather (NoF) session?
NoF sessions are more of a two-way communication session, as compared to traditional presentations. It’s more about having a leader to moderate discussion, and enable you to share ideas among a group of people with a common interest. You will find that many sessions at MMS will end will a brief NoF experience, to help you engage and share knowledge. You will also be able to attend NoF sessions each day. We all have something to share, and we can all learn from each other.
Is there a closing party?
There is no formal closing party hosted by MMS (but there is a welcome reception Monday evening). Keep an eye on twitter (#MMSMOA), as well as converse with attendees to find out where attendees (and staff) are congregating.
Is there Wi-Fi in the breakout rooms?
Yes, but it can get saturated quickly if everyone opens their laptop and starts working. Try to limit your use for this reason alone-you or your company is paying you to come learn, not logon and work!
Are there power outlets in the breakout rooms?
No. Be sure to charge your devices before the day starts.
How large are the breakout rooms?
Room size varies from 35 – 175 attendees, ensuring a community-feel for all.
Is breakfast or lunch included?
No. The Mall of Americas has more than 50 restaurant options to choose from, as well as a restaurant at Radisson Blu. (In fact, dinner is on your own too). This helps keep our costs down, gives you more variety, and the opportunity to have side discussions with vendors, teammates, new friends, etc. You’ll find a food court if you’re thrifty or in the need for something quick. The hotel restaurant has excellent food (really!) and serves breakfast.
What if I cancel registration?
What is included with registration?
Like many technical answers, “it depends.” You can choose the package with hotel and/or take advantage of the early bird special. Registration will include access to all sessions, vendor expo, and a limitless amount of conversations with your peers- this one is priceless.
What is the level of content presented?
That’s a great question! Let’s start by saying that the info you learn in sessions at MMS, are probably not in a book, in the Microsoft Official Curriculum, or in TechNet documentation. The intent of MMS is to provide training and knowledge share for IT pros who have already mastered the standard training channels. MMS will help take your skills to the next level.
My company says they can't afford registration, now what do I do?
If this conference is relevant to what you do for a living, then there is no reason you can't pay for this out of pocket. Registration with hotel, your meals, and your travel expenses can all be written off your taxes. Talk to your tax preparer or CPA for more information. Don't let that stop you from joining us!.
Is there HDMI on the room TVs in case I want to hook up my laptop?