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Thank you for participating as a Speaker at the upcoming DigiMarCon Midwest 2020 Conference, June 17th to 18th, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Midwest, ON.

This page includes important information for all Speakers. Please bookmark, review and become familiar with this page.

Should you have any questions about the following speaker information please contact Aaron Polmeer at aaron[at]digimarcon.com (replace at with @).

Speaker Pass Registration

All Speakers must register for a complimentary DigiMarCon Midwest 2020 Speaker Pass. A Speaker Pass has the same features as the Main Conference Pass (valued at $795), click here for details what’s included in a Main Conference Pass. Instructions how to Register for a Speaker Pass will be provided by the Conference Organizer by email.

Speaker Cancellation

In the event a situation arises that would prevent you from honoring your commitment, we trust that speakers will alert us immediately. If possible, we ask that presenters use diligent efforts to help us to locate a qualified substitute thereby preventing the program from being compromised.

Speaker Guidelines

Speakers must abide by the following guidelines:

  • To be available to speak during any timeframe of the event as such will not request a change to the session time or day assigned.
  • To be on time for his or her allotted presentation.
  • Dress appropriately in business or business casual attire for their presentation.
  • Refrain from question time at the end of Speaker presentation due to time restraints.
  • Fulfill their allotted presentation time slot and not go over-time.
  • Presentation should be high quality, educational and informative in nature, which includes current, accurate and relevant information on the topic presented.
  • Speech and conduct will be in a professional manner in every regard. This includes, avoiding jokes, references or innuendo of a sexual nature, references to individuals or groups by virtue of their membership in a particular religious, racial, or ethnic group that could be considered offensive, or use of profane language that could be considered offensive.
  • Respect Conference Organizer as the Sponsoring organization with either positive or neutral comments from the platform.
  • Maintain an ‘informational’ opinion, objective and vendor-neutral, and not push a particular product or service before, during, or after presentation and further refrain from giving away or raffling any products or services during presentation.

Speaker Deadlines

Speakers are required to provide the following items prior to the deadlines indicated below.

ItemDeadline

Digital Photo

  • Headshot (business executive photo)
  • 5 x 7 color photo at 300 dpi (JPG high resolution file)
  • Digital photo will be displayed in Conference website and program guide

Introductory Biography

  • Keep introductory biography short, something that can be read aloud in one to two minutes by Conference MC
  • Introductory biography will be displayed in Conference website and program guide

Presentation Title and Abstract

  • Abstract length: 200 words maximum
  • Abstract should include the key presentation learning objectives
  • Title and Abstract will appear on Conference website, mobile app and guide

Company Brand Logo image

  • 300 dpi (PNG high resolution, transparent background file)
  • Brand Logo will appear on Conference website, program book and other materials

Speaker Pass Registration

  • Conference Organizer will provide Speaker with details how to Register for a Speaker Pass
ASAP

PowerPoint Presentation

  • Conference Organizer will make available an electronic copy of PowerPoint Presentation of Speaker Keynote presentation to attendees
  • Conference Organizer will provide Speaker with standard Conference PowerPoint template to use which includes a standard title page to use
  • PowerPoint slides must be a minimum of 12 slides and maximum of 24 slides (including title page)
  • Ensure PowerPoint slides guide attendees to easily follow your presentation while you are speaking and serve as a reference tool after the session

Conference Guide Advertisement (Sponsored Speakers only)

  • Provide Conference Organizer with 1 full page (8.5” x 11”) advertisement for Platinum Sponsors or half page (8.5” x 5.5”) advertisement for Gold Sponsors to be approved by Conference Organizer and included in Conference Guide
March 15th, 2016

Speaker Briefing

It is mandatory for all Speakers to attend the Speaker Briefing on the morning of the General Session Day at 7:30am Wednesday, May 19th, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Midwest, ON. The Speaker Briefing is conducted by the Conference Organizer, Conference Emcee and Audio Visual Technician who will go over Speaking Reminders and Procedures. Be sure to introduce yourself to the Conference Emcee at the Speaker Briefing and ensure they know how to pronounce your name correctly.

Speaker Briefing in the Trinity Ballroom at Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Midwest, ON
7:30am Wednesday, May 19th, 2016

Speaker Seating

Speakers will have a reserved seating section near the platform for convenient access. Plan to arrive at the session 5 minutes prior to the published start time to be familiar with the location of the Conference Emcee, Time Keeper & Audio Visual Technician.

Speaker Time Keeping

Allow a couple of minutes in your assigned time slot for the Conference Emcee to introduce you. In the first row from the platform will be a Time Keeper with a large tabletop countdown timer in front of them, who will be responsible for setting a count-down how much time is remaining of each speaker presentation. Be familiar with the location of the Time Keeper and regularly check for your time management to ensure you do not go overtime.

Presentation, Equipment, Instructions & Preparation

Knowing the audiovisual set-up will prevent difficulties with your presentation and contribute significantly to the success of the conference. Speakers are expected to produce a PowerPoint presentation to accompany their presentations, as a visual reference for the audience. Following is the equipment that will be available, instructions to ensure the actual presentation goes smoothly, and some tips.

Equipment Available

The Conference Auditorium is equipped with the following standard audio-visual equipment;

  • Shared PC laptop with Microsoft PowerPoint (2010) Application
  • Digital Computer Projector with Screen with cabling to shared PC laptop
  • Podium
  • Lavalier Microphone
  • Wireless Remote Control to advance and reverse your PowerPoint slides
  • Internet will not be available for speaker presentations. No exceptions.

Speakers cannot use their own laptop. PowerPoint presentations will be set-up in advance on the shared PC laptop to facilitate a smooth transition from one speaker to the next and avoid disruptions.

Color Shifts

Due to different resolutions of laptops and projectors, color shifting can and will occur. Please be aware when creating the presentation that the colors may change somewhat when projected. Also, please note that this conference will be using the 2010 version of Microsoft PowerPoint. Please review the following information on how presentations saved in an earlier version of PowerPoint may be affected.

Features that are lost when you open a presentation created in an earlier version of PowerPoint in PowerPoint 2000 http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/help/features-are-lost-when-you-open-a-presentation-created-in-an-earlier-version-of-powerpoint-HA010338389.aspx?CTT=1

Tips for Developing Your PowerPoint Presentation

  • To ensure your presentation is easily visible from any seat in the room, please use the following minimum font sizes:

    Title: Bold Typeface minimum 40 pt size
    Subtitles: Bold Typeface minimum 32 or 36 pt size
    Text and Figures: Bold Typeface minimum 24 or 28 pt size
    Note: San- Serif fonts e.g. Arial or Verdana are easier to read in a large room

  • Consider a format that is a skeletal outline of the keynote presentation
  • Include visual aids (graphs, tables, illustrations) in PowerPoint slides whenever possible that can be easily viewed in a large room
  • Embed graphs or figures into the document as independent objects; do not dynamically link from other programs.
  • Attempt to limit file size to 25 MB and less. Photos for slides can be compressed and saved in a lower resolution.
  • Disable any automatic advance timer on your file.
  • Keep the slides simple. Too much information on slides makes them hard for attendees to read/see
  • The 6×6 readability rule: no more than six words per line and six lines per “page” (i.e., Arial font size 40).
  • Use upper and lower case letters rather than block: ALL CAPS CAN BE DIFFICULT TO READ.
  • Lines that are used for emphasis should be bolder than background lines or borders.
  • Use contrasting text and background colors (white or yellow text on blue or black background).
  • Avoid using the color red as it tends to bleed into the background and is generally difficult to read.
  • Paragraphs should be clearly separated using a blank line. Lists should be organized using figures, dashes or bullet points. Please keep in mind that graphics and charts must be read from a considerable distance.
  • To ensure a safety zone for over-projection, leave a ¼-inch border, with no text or graphics, around your slide. Otherwise, logos close to the border of your slide may be cut off.
  • For a quick readability check: Stand back ten feet from your 14” monitor. If you cannot read the text clearly, your point size is too small for projection.

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When and where is the DigiMarCon Midwest 2020 Conference?

DigiMarCon Midwest 2020 takes place from June 17th to 18th, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. Click here for travel details.


Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Address:
2233 S Martin Luther King Dr
Chicago, IL 60616
United States




What’s the Schedule?

Here’s the high-level schedule (note: all times are Eastern Daylight Time):

Wednesday, June 20, 2019
9:00am - 9:45am: Registration Check-in, Welcome Refreshments & Networking
9:45am - 12:00pm: General Session
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Networking Luncheon
1:00pm – 2:30pm: General Session
2:30pm – 3:10pm: Refreshments & Networking
3:10pm – 5:00pm: General Session
5:00pm – 7:00pm: Welcome Cocktail Reception

Thursday, June 21, 2019
9:00am - 9:45am: Registration Check-in, Welcome Refreshments & Networking
9:45am – 12:30pm: Master Classes
12:30pm – 1:30pm: Networking Luncheon
1:30pm – 4:00pm: Master Classes
4:00pm - 6:00pm: Farewell Cocktail Reception


How much does it cost to attend DigiMarCon Midwest 2020?

Regular price is $797 (USD) for a main conference access. We are also offering an All Access Pass, which includes the main conference, all Master Classes, Welcome and Farewell Cocktail Receptions and Video on Demand, for $1,097 (USD). Last but not least we have a Virtual Pass/Video On Demand (VOD) option for those who can’t make the conference for $347 (USD). For more information about pricing and the different passes available please click here.


What is included in the Main Conference Pass registration fee?

Your completed Main Conference Pass registration provides you the following:

  • Conference Bag
  • All General Sessions – Wednesday, June 17th, 2019
  • TECHSPO Hall (Unlimited Access) – Wednesday, June 17th, 2019
  • AM/PM Refreshments, Networking Luncheon – Wednesday, June 17th, 2019
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception – Wednesday, June 17th, 2019


What is included in the All Access Pass registration fee?

Your completed All Access Pass registration provides you everything included in the Main Conference Pass plus the following:

  • All Master Classes – Thursday, June 18th, 2019
  • TECHSPO Hall (Unlimited Access) – Thursday, June 18th, 2019
  • AM Refreshments, Networking Luncheon – Thursday, June 18th, 2019
  • Farewell Cocktail Reception – Thursday, June 18th, 2019
  • On Demand – Available online approximately 2 weeks after conference concludes


What is included in the VIP Pass registration fee?

Your completed VIP Pass registration provides you everything included in the All Access Pass plus the following:

  • VIP Priority Registration Check-In – Wednesday, June 17th, 2019
  • VIP Seating on General Session Day – Wednesday, June 17th, 2019
  • VIP Seating on Master Class Day – Thursday, June 18th, 2019


How do I register? Register now!

Full registration information is available here.


What forms of payment are accepted?

The following forms of payment are accepted: American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and PayPal. Payment is required to complete your registration.


Is there a group discount?

Absolutely! Bring as many colleagues as you’d like! Register FOUR or more people from the same company simultaneously to receive $200 discount off the prevailing registration price for each member of your group.

There are just a few simple Group Registration rules:

  • All registrants must be employed by the same company.
  • All members of the group must be registered at the same time. Discounts will not be applied retroactively.
  • You must pre-register to take advantage of these rates, which will not be offered on site.
  • Group Registration Rates cannot be combined with any other offers.

More details about Group Rates here.


Are there academic, government, nonprofit or military discounts?

Academic, Government, Military & Non-Profit discount rates at DigiMarCon Midwest 2020 apply to current full-time employees of academic institutions, federal, state or local government agencies, international government agencies, active military and non-profit organization employees only.

More details about Discount Rates here.


What is the dress code?

Conference attire is business casual for all events, including the evening events. We do recommend bringing a sweater or light jacket with you since personal preferences vary regarding room temperature.


Can I bring a guest to the conference and networking events?

All attendees at the conference and networking events must be registered attendees who purchased tickets.


Can I send a substitute in my place?

You may send a substitute in your place at any time. All such requests must be submitted by email to registration[at]digimarcon.com (replace at with @). Only requests made by the original registrant will be honored.


What is the refund policy?

You may cancel your participation in DigiMarCon Midwest 2020 at any time, but please be aware of the following cancellation policy listed below.

Registration cancellations received 90 days prior to the Conference incur a 25% processing/administrative fee. Refunds will be issued within 30 days after event. If you must cancel for any reason, notify our registration department by 90 days prior to the Conference. Cancellations less than 90 days prior to the Conference are non-refundable. Substitutions allowed prior to 90 days prior to the Conference with written or Faxed authorization only. No substitutions less than 90 days prior to the Conference. Cancellations less than 90 days prior to the Conference are non-refundable for any reason, including, but not limited to, failure to use DigiMarCon credentials due to illness, acts of God, travel-related problems, acts of terrorism, loss of employment and duplicate purchase. DigiMarCon will not issue refunds for badges that have been revoked.

Unused registrations/applications have no monetary value and cannot be credited to future years or events. DigiMarCon will not issue refunds or credits due to failure to redeem a discount coupon during the registration process. Discounted prices are based on the date payment is received in the DigiMarCon office. Reselling DigiMarCon Midwest 2020 registrations is not permitted.


I live outside of United States, do you accept attendees from other countries?

Yes, international attendees are welcome at each of our conferences.


I live outside of United States and my country requires a Visa to visit United States, can DigiMarCon prepare an invitation letter for me to attend the conference for Visa Processing purposes?

Yes, this is often requested for International Attendees. After you have registered, send a letter request email to info@digimarcon.com and provide your address, company name, company title and passport information to be included in the invitation letter.


I live outside of United States and my country requires a Visa to visit United States, if my Visa Application is declined will I get a refund?

You can request a cancellation at any time. Refer to our refund policy for refund eligibility criteria.


Where should I stay in Chicago?

The official conference hotel to stay in Chicago is;

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
2233 S Martin Luther King Dr
Chicago, IL 60616
United States
https://digimarconmidwest.com/hyatt-regency-mccormick-place/

Hotel Booking Instructions

To book a room at Hyatt Regency McCormick Place follow the instructions below;

By Phone:
Call 1-312-567-1234, ask for reservations, give group name ‘DigiMarCon Midwest 2020’ and arrival date and book.


What networking activities are associated with DigiMarCon Midwest 2020?

A full list of the official conference networking functions are available here.


Will I receive event updates?

Yes, DigiMarCon will send emails periodically to update you on the agenda, event happenings and logistics. Please make sure that the email address registration[at]digimarcon.com (replace at with @) is in your safe senders list to ensure you are receiving all important event information.


How can I submit to speak at DigiMarCon Midwest 2020?

There are a limited number of sponsored keynote speaking spots still available during the conference. Please contact Aaron Polmeer, aaron[at]digimarcon.com (replace at with @), if you are interested in this opportunity.


Can I record what is presented at DigiMarCon Midwest 2020?

Sessions may be audio recorded without special permission for personal use only. They cannot be placed online or transmitted to others without permission.

Sessions may be videoed only with special permission for personal use and also cannot be placed online or transmitted to others. Short audio and video clips may be used for blogging and press coverage of sessions. As a general guide, non-contiguous clips of one minute or less should be used. Contact us if you need guidance about longer clips.


How can we sponsor DigiMarCon Midwest 2020?

Complete the sponsorship inquiry form here for more details on sponsorship, exhibiting and advertising opportunities at DigiMarCon Midwest 2020.


Do you have an affiliate program?

Yes we do. Become a DigiMarCon Affiliate and earn commission on every completed registration referred by your efforts. Click here for details.


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