October 31 – November 1, 2018Minneapolis Convention CenterMinneapolis, MN


Welcome to the MD&M Minneapolis 2017 Speaker Center, designed to help speakers plan their engagements and promote their sessions. We are thrilled you will be presenting at our event! 

Event Details

MD&M Minneapolis 2017
November 8-9, 2017
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Schedule Viewer

Speaker Registration & Benefits

As a conference speaker, you receive a complimentary All Access Pass to the expo and conference – we take care of getting you registered so you don’t have to. Upon arrival, you can retrieve your Speaker Badge at the Speaker Ready Room located in Room 101C. Other benefits of speaking include:

  • You receive one complimentary guest pass plus an additional 20% discount for clients and colleagues (unlimited use) by using the code SPEAKER2017 in the registration portal; you can begin circulating this discount through your network straightaway. Please contact your conference producer or operations lead to request a guest pass – you’ll simply need to provide the guest’s name, job title, company, phone number, and email addres
  • You receive access to all onsite receptions, awards ceremonies, exhibitions, entertainment, keynotes, co-located conferences, conference lunches, and sponsored trainings.
  • Your participation on faculty provides you and your company with professional exposure and is an opportunity to raise your profile within the advanced manufacturing and engineering community in the following ways:
    • Your name, title, company, and biography will be featured on the MD&M Minneapolis 2017 event website
    • A chance to have your session promoted on all MD&M Minneapolis 2017 and affiliate Social Networks
    • Speak about your latest innovations, expertise, and company’s leadership before some of the most influential engineers and press in the field
  • Your contribution will make a positive impact on the engineering community by sharing your knowledge and expertise.

Speaker To-Dos

Check your Speaker Profile for accuracy

Check your Session Schedule for accuracy

Download the Speaker Presentation Template

Download and return the Speaker Agreement

Book your travel and make hotel reservations

Promote your presence with the official hashtags

Important Deliverables & Deadlines


Please carefully review the following deliverables and deadlines required of all speakers. If you've already provided us with some or all of these items, please feel free to skip over this section.

October 23

Speaker Agreement Due
Download, review, sign, and submit the agreement. Click here to download.

October 23

Professional Bio & Photo Due
Photo should be 200x200 pixel, high-resolution preferred. Upload here.

October 23

Presentation Slides Due

November 1st

Mobile Phone Number & Twitter Handle Due

November 7th

Last Day to Submit Presentation Edits or Changes

November 8-9th

MD&M Minneapolis Conference

Contact Us

Content Producers: Laurie Lehmann, MD&M Minneapolis - [email protected] - 303-513-5973

Operations Lead: Katie Tirschel - [email protected] - 310-445-4245

Center Stage & Tech Theater Lead: Heather Lobao - [email protected] - 310-445-4255 

Editorial Leads: Jamie Hartford, MD&M Minneapolis - [email protected] - 805-233-5447

PR Lead: Richard Trunzo - [email protected] - 310-857-7571

Presentation Requirements & Submission Instructions

ALL slide submissions MUST follow the requirements below. Speakers who fail to provide the materials correctly might not be considered for future speaking opportunities. Do not create slides for panel discussion participation unless instructed otherwise by your panel organizer.

  • Presentations must be submitted in a PDF format (contact your operations lead if this is an issue for you)
  • Download the Speaker Presentation Template and please use this as the PowerPoint template for your content
  • Name the presentation file: FirstFiveWordsofSessionTitle_YourLastName.pdf

Submit your presentation below

Upload Your Presentation


You will upload your presentation here. Please review the submission instructions before you begin.

  1. Name your PDF file: FirstFiveWordsofSessionTitle_YourLastName.pdf
  2. In the description, please add the title of your session and your email address.
  3. Submit the final presentation in PDF format only.

** If you need to make revisions after you have submitted, please do not upload via the Box widget. Email revised PDF to [email protected] to avoid delays in the process and ensure the correct version is provided to attendees.

Audio Visual

Standard conference session rooms will include the following:

  • 1 Podium Microphone
  • 1 Wired Lavalier Microphone
  • 2 Tabletop Microphones
  • 1 LCD Projector With VGA Cable Connector
  • Large Projector Screen (16:9)
  • PC Laptop


Note that when conducting your presentation or participating on a panel, press may be present, including members of the Associated Press. Please be advised not to include confidential information in your discussion unless preceded by an "off the record" disclaimer.

Marketing & Pre-Show Promotion

By agreeing to speak, you have become a vital part of the conference and thus an important element of pre-event promotion. Here’s how your involvement in pre-event promotion works:

  • Social Media:  If you’re on social media, we hope that you’ll socialize your participation and engage with your network about your speaking engagement at our event.
  • Editorial Media:  If you’re willing and available, we hope that you’ll give a pre-event interview by agreeing to speak with one of our staff editors about your scope of expertise and conference session. The world wants to hear about you and how you’re influencing your industry. Don’t miss the opportunity to get extra exposure by having a professional editorial piece written about you, as this content will be made public on our media sites and potentially included in our press releases.
  • Note that our marketing and editorial teams will be promoting your participation through various media channels throughout the pre-event campaign. Please be prepared to have your name and professional photo used on our marketing platforms, including website, media blogs, and social media.

Social Media Tool Kit

Please refer the social media tools below to help you engage with your network.

  • Event Hashtags: #AdvMfgExpo
  • Turnkey Twitter posts:
  • Example 1:  Excited to be speaking at the #AdvMfgExpo on Center Stage on Nov 8th! See you there…
  • Example 2:  #AdvMfgExpo is going to be the best yet! I’ll be speaking at MD&M Minneapolis on Nov 9th on Emerging Technology. See you at the conference.

Onsite Instructions

Conference Room Location
Upon arrival, proceed through the front entrance of the convention center and locate your track room on the ground floor:

  • MD&M Minn, Track A:  Room 102F
  • MD&M Minn, Track B:  Room 102E
  • MD&M Minn, Track C:  Room 102D

Speaker Ready Room Location
To check-in and pick-up your badge, go to Room 101C. The Speaker Ready Room is for speaking faculty and event operations to discuss logistics, conduct meetings, prepare for presentations, and/or meet fellow panelists. If you need to provide us with an updated copy of your presentation, you’ll be able to find a staff member to help you here. The Speaker Ready Room is open from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM both days of the event.

Center Stage Location
The pavilion is located at the rear of Hall D at Booth 1953. Through the main entrance proceed straight into the expo hall and make your way to the 1300 aisle until you arrive at Booth 1353. Once there, check-in with the Theaters Lead that you’ve been in touch with.

ESC Engineering Theater Location
The pavilion is located in the ESC Minneapolis Hall at Booth 232. Through the main entrance proceed straight into the expo hall and make your way left to the 200 aisle until you arrive at Booth 232. Once there, check-in with the Theaters Lead that you’ve been in touch with.

Tech Theater Location
The pavilion is located at the rear of Hall D at Booth 2053. Through the main entrance proceed straight into the expo hall and make your way to the 2000 aisle until you arrive at Booth 2053. Once there, check-in with the Theaters Lead that you’ve been in touch with.

Conference Lunch
As a member of faculty, you’ll be provided with complimentary lunch both days of the event. Lunch will be held on the 2nd floor in Room 208C-D.

As a member of faculty, you receive access to all event keynotes. These presentations will be held from 12:00 – 12:45 PM and 1:00 – 1:45 PM on specified days in Room 103B-C-D-E. Check the Schedule Viewer or mobile app for more details.

Hotel & Accommodations
To help you make hotel reservations, MD&M Minneapolis 2017 has partnered with onPeak to offer a wide variety of hotels at the lowest rates available. Click here for more details.

Over 2,200 parking spots are next to the Minneapolis Convention Center with an additional 3,000 connected by Skyways to the convention center.For a full list and contact information to surrounding parking structures please click here. Rates, days, and hours may vary.

Public Transportation
Click here for other public transportation options.

Mobile App
To download the mobile app, search for UBM Minneapolis 2017 in your app store on your phone. The mobile app provides access to the full conference schedule, onsite activities, Tech Theater, Center Stage, and the full list of exhibitors across all co-located shows.

Post-Conference Proceedings
Instructions for obtaining post-conference proceedings to be announced.

Additional Notes

  • Make sure to bring a copy of your presentation with you on-site.
  • If you have any additional A/V request(s), contact [email protected].
  • Avoid sales pitches and commercial presentations. Experience shows that you will represent your company best by giving an educational, informative presentation.
  • No sales/promotional handouts are to be distributed in the conference areas (including meeting rooms). Sales literature distribution is limited to exhibitor booths only. For more information or to learn about MD&M Minneapolis 2017 sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities, please contact [email protected].
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