MnCCC Virtual Conference Information

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Have you registered for MnCCC's 2021 Annual Conference? This year's theme is Bee Buzzworthy and we are so excited to see you in the hive!

Conference Platforms

This year we've chosen to use 2 platforms to maximize engagement in our virtual conference. We've got Howspace for our virtual vendor show and the Attendee Hub for participants to engage with each other and get all the session information!


What is Howspace?

Howspace is the platform we've chosen to host our virtual vendor show. It's a great way for our members to be active participants in a virtual space!

How do I gain access?

In the days before the conference, you will receive an email invitation with instructions to log in to Howspace. You'll be able to create a profile to let vendors and other members know who you are!

What's the difference between Howspace and Crowd Compass?

Howspace will be used solely for the virtual vendor show. You'll be able to access vendor's pages and interact with them however you'd like! The Crowd Compass app is our main conference hub where you'll be able to access session descriptions, links, and the social wall, along with chances to win prizes and stay connected with other participants. Both platforms are going to be assets in making this the most interactive virtual event possible!

What do I do with Howspace?

Once you've gained access to Howspace, you can browse about the pages and visit as many vendors as you'd like. You can chat with vendors (either with the chat option or a live video option), watch videos, view files, and even book a one-on-one conference!

Can I win prizes with Howspace?

We all know it wouldn't be an MnCCC conference without the opportunity to win prizes! Each vendor will have a special scavenger hunt code hidden on their page. Once you've found the code, visit this link and enter it: The player or players with the most codes will win a special prize.

Crowd Compass App

What is the Crowd Compass App?

Crowd Compass (by CVENT) is our conference app. This is where you'll be able to build your own conference schedule with the sessions we're offering and interact with other attendees. This is truly our conference's main hub to connect!

How do I gain access?

In the days before the conference, you will receive an email invitation with instructions to log in to Crowd Compass and download the app. You'll be able to create a profile to let other members know who you are!

What do I need to access the app?

Our app is both mobile- and browser-friendly! This means you can access it using the Crowd Compass app (which we recommend) or you can view it in a browser on your desktop! No matter how you access it, we know it'll be a great experience!

Get social!

If you post on social media using the hashtag #MnCCCConnects, your post will automatically be linked to our social wall where all attendees can see it! You can use this hashtag before the event to get the buzz out, or you can post during the event to share how you're making your experience truly buzzworthy!

Special Events!

Conference Kickoff

Presented by MnCCC Staff

June 7, 11:00 - 11:30 am Join MnCCC as we kickoff our annual conference! Get all the latest on what's happening this week and learn how you can earn chances to win prizes!

BE What Matters

Presented by Dr. Katina Fuller-Scott

June 7, 11:45 am - 12:45 pm Kickoff the conference with an inspiring session on becoming a transformative leader. Wherever you are on your unique personal and professional journey, learn transformative life & leadership principles, skills, and strategies to clarify what matters, challenge limiting beliefs, fully embrace your identity, and leverage gifts, strengths, and opportunities. BE equipped and empowered to achieve your greatest personal and community impact mindfully, authentically, and courageously.

Cocktail Demo

Presented by Crooked Water Spirits

June 7, 4:30 - 5:00 pm Join us for happy hour! Make yourself a cocktail with Heather Manley from Crooked Water Spirits! If we can't do happy hour in the rafters at Arrowwood, the next best thing is happy at hour at home! A week before the conference begins, we will mail you a welcome box if you register by May 14th. Inside you will find a recipe card that shows the ingredients you need to follow along to make a refreshing cocktail!

Pollinator Protection: It Takes All of Us!

Presented by Rebeca Gutierrez-Moreno, PhD, State Pollinator Coordinator, Minnesota Environmental Quality Board

June 8, 12:00 - 1:00 pm Pollinators face multiple threats including habitat loss, diseases, parasites, climate change, pesticides and more. Protecting pollinators requires a multipronged approach to address these stressors. There is no simple “silver bullet” and collaboration across sectors, regions, and communities is essential for progress. Despite these challenges, Minnesota is making progress toward helping our native and managed pollinators, we can all be part of the solution.

Live Music

Presented by Captain Gravitone and the String Theory Orchestra

June 8, 4:45 pm Unwind with Captain Gravitone and the String Theory Orchestra for live music! Primarily original songs with Sting influences from Tom Waits or Frank Zappa. Pretty free-wheeling with daring solos and a bizarre circus theme to the title character.

Planting for Pollinators

Presented by Metro Blooms

June 9, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm This workshop offers planting practices that benefit pollinators and the environment. Learn about the current health status of pollinators in Minnesota, and how you can help them by installing pocket plantings, trees and shrubs, bee lawns, pollinator meadows, and more! The content is based on the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources’ Lawns to Legumes program supporting residents to create more pollinator-friendly landscapes.

Preparing for a More Resilient World

Presented by Guest Speaker Commissioner Brigid Shea, Travis County Texas

June 9, 5:30 pm Focus on practical actions you can take to improve your future ability to survive and thrive on our changing planet. 

Annual Awards Program

Presented by MnCCC Staff

June 9, 6:00 pm Join us for our annual awards program in which we recognize all user group executive officers, representatives, committee chairs, and liaisons, along with special recognition for both the Member and Techie of the Year!

How Do I Get Session Links and Documents?

Once you have access to the Attendee Hub, click on the sessions you're interested in attending and you'll be able to see the webinar links and any documents that may be associated with them. If you're attending a user group or membership meeting, be sure to register for the respective meeting on the RSVP calendar. You'll receive the webinar information and any pertinent documents the morning of the meeting via email.

How Do I Pay?

If you've registered for the conference on RSVP, you'll receive an invoice from our accountant after the conference has ended. The cost for the entire conference is $45, but if you're only planning on attending the user group and/or membership meeting(s), your attendance cost is free of charge.

Are There Other Prize Opportunities?

We've got plenty of prizes to give away this year. Each day we'll be giving prizes out to anyone who enters using the links on the welcome page of Howspace. Be sure to also check each sponsor's page in case they're giving away their own door prize!

I need help! Now what?

Whether you're having a hard time accessing a platform or you just want some more information, we're here to assist! Please contact one of our staff and we'll be happy to get you what you need. Call our office at (651) 401-4200 or contact one of the following: