2021 Annual Information Technology Summit & Tradeshow

Tuesday, Oct 5, 2021

7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring Street, Portland, ME 04101

The 2021 MTUG Summit has been Canceled

After careful monitoring of the current Covid-19 pandemic situation in Maine, following multiple board/committee meetings and consultation with public health and facility advisors, it saddens us all at MTUG to announce we will be canceling our in-person I.T. Summit & Tradeshow on Oct. 5th, 2021. Our next scheduled I.T. Summit & Tradeshow will be Thursday, May 26, 2022.

About our decision:
While we worked to install numerous precautions, including mandatory masking, vaccination/testing, and limits on event crowding, the enhanced transmissibility of the Covid-19 Delta variant has changed the risk calculations. The current surge’s health impact particularly among groups and regions where vaccination rates are still low or not yet possible has strained our local health care and school systems. Therefore, this new and still unpredictable situation compels us to cancel our in-person event so we don’t contribute to further community transmission, for the health and well-being of our constituents, their families, and the broader Maine community.

What’s Next?
The MTUG staff and volunteer board are currently working on a selection of opportunities for our community to engage the MTUG audience – as time passes, we realize that these options are even more important -- especially for our tech vendor participants. Our goals are to provide integrated education and sponsorship opportunities on a monthly basis, with a focus on key topics that were to be featured at the Summit, as well as a few vendors each time, in webinar format from now to April, with the possibility of small in-person events as conditions allow (probably early/mid-spring). If you would like to receive Event and Sponsorship information, please sign up for our mailing lists accordingly below.

Why Attend the MTUG Technology Summit?

MTUG's IT Summit and Tradeshow is the premier technology infrastructure conference in Maine with workshop topics that speak to the concerns and interests of IT professionals in all organizational sectors and industries. The exhibitors on the tradeshow floor will run the full array of IT services, from telco and ISP providers, managed services providers, contact center providers, training, IT management and support, data and storage management, infrastructure/data center, cloud services, and more.

Attendees enjoyed:

  • continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon dessert
  • keynote speaker
  • 12 Workshops featuring independent voices over 5 tracks, carefully selected by the MTUG volunteer board.
  • a chance to reconnect with your peers statewide
  • full tradeshow floor access featuring a broad selection of tech vendors willing to invest their presence in Maine. Past shows have had over 50 exhibitors.
  • numerous door prizes from our sponsors and exhibitors

Sponsors / Exhibitors have unique access to:

  • A regional IT professional audience who attend MTUG events specifically for our brand of carefully selected/guided workshops featuring authentic technology implementation experiences from their peers.
  • Be present among the largest collection of IT vendors in Maine. Local tech professionals come to MTUG to meet the tech vendors invested in Maine and Northern New England.
  • Visibility on the MTUG event site, directory, and event-related publicity.
  • Access to the print-only attendee list delivered to all User Group attendees at the event.

Use our Email Signup form below if you would like to receive attendee, presentation, and exhibitor announcements about our next IT Summit, as well as MTUG's free season of monthly events from September to April.

Contact us today if you would like more information about being a sponsor or exhibitor at our Summit.

Curious about the last Summit? Here is a the brochure from that event:
   2019 Summit Brochure [PDF] linked here. 

Exhibitor & Sponsor Packages
Check out the 2021 Summit Booth & Sponsor Packages [PDF]

Exhibitor / Sponsor Registration is coming near an end. We may be carving some additional aisles to allow for distancing. If you would still like an Gold or Silver Sponsorship, or Standard Exhibit Booth, please Contact Us with your interests and we will be in touch!

Top Exhibiting Packages:

(Click on a dark green 'button' below to start a registration / invoice request for that package.)

Top Exhibiting Packages:

Casco Bay Sponsor
~ sold out ~

Lunch Sponsor
~ sold out ~

Gold Sponsor
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Silver Sponsor
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Single Exhibitor Booth
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MTUG Extends a Huge Thanks
to our Summit Sponsors & Exhibitors
continuing from 2020 to 2021!

The 2020 Summit was canceled due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Thankfully, many 2020 Sponsors and Exhibitors graciously committed to continue their presence at the Summit for 2021 This has been a huge help in making sure we could continue to plan a successful 2021 Summit!

Summit Workshops
Thanks to All Submitters of Workshop Proposals!

The MTUG Board of Directors is currently reviewing the set of proposals we received this spring (June 30 due date). Our goal is to update all submitters on their proposal's status by late July. Stay tuned!

Did you miss the Workshop RFP Period? No worries! MTUG accepts workshop, "Peers & Beers" and Webinar proposals *all year long*!

Successful proposals feature strong "end-user" voices --> these are IT professionals or technology implementers working for NON-tech-sales companies, including independent experts that are not affiliated with an IT-sales organization. Another way to look at it: If your presentation involves a service or product you sell, you should have a cospeaker who does not sell that service/product (ie: customer / independent expert). In this way, MTUG has provided our constituents access to independent voices addressing technology challenges from a first-hand, unfettered point of view, for over 30 years.

Anyone can submit a workshop proposal, and submitting a proposal is free! We'll soon have an updated ongoing Proposal Form at our "Get Involved" page, but for now please use our Summit Workshop Proposal to submit any idea, any time, for automatic consideration in our future Webinars, "Peers & Beers" events, or even possible openings at the MTUG Summit.

NEW - "End User" Speakers/Co-Speakers may bring one (1) complimentary guest. See workshop RFP guidelines document for details.

2021 MTUG Summit Workshop RFP
(MS Word .docx file)

2021 MTUG Summit Workshop RFP
(Adobe .PDF file)

Sign up for MTUG's mailing in the prompts below to be sure to receive RFP-related announcements and updates (Summit Workshop RFP forms will be sent out to ALL MTUG email groups and audiences - please add "mtug.org" to your email application 'safelist'.)

All Summit Workshop Proposals not accepted for the IT Summit will be automatically considered in developing our monthly educational events running Sept to April. Anyone can submit a workshop proposal -- we look forward to hearing your great workshop ideas!

COVID-19 Safety Statement: MTUG will work to provide reduce the risk of transmission at our event as much as possible. We will follow federal and state guidance and health official recommendations. Attendees, including sponsors, exhibitors, and speakers, are subject to health safety protocols MTUG may deem best to implement at the time, including but not limited to maskwearing, social distancing, and possibly vaccination requirements. The COVID-19 Pandemic is an evolving situation, and we appreciate your patience as we navigate rules and guidance to ensure a healthy and successful event for all. Please contact Kate Carpenter at 207-370-5327 if you have any questions.

Keynote Speaker

David Cooper
Chief Technology Officer, WEX Inc.
David joined WEX in 2016, bringing to the company his 30 years of experience delivering award-winning software products across a broad spectrum of uses, including turnkey systems, enterprise software, software as a service (SAAS), web and mobile products.
Prior to joining WEX, he held several senior technology positions, including head of global operations at GlobeOne, SVP of technology at Green Dot, and CTO and SVP of product development at both Fiserv and CashEdge. David has secured a patent for streaming geometry in a virtual environment and has several patents pending around payments.
Originally from Scotland, he holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and microprocessor systems from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

2021 Public Attendee Registration canceled.

Registration for 2021 is closed due to cancelation. To receive general updates on all MTUG events -- including our next schedule Summit -- please sign up for email Events announcements with the Email Signup form below.

Interested in joining as an Exhibitor/Sponsor for 2022? Please join our "Tradeshow Exhibiting" List in our Email Signup below to receive the formal Sponsorship/Exhibitor Announcements for our next Sponsored event later this winter (please add mtug.org to your "Safe Senders" list in your email application).