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MWSUG 2017 Special Events

All of these special events are included in your MWSUG registration!


Opening Session, Reception, and Networking

Sunday, October 8, 6:00pm - 10:00pm, 18th Floor

We'll kick off the conference in style with an opening reception on the 18th floor of the hotel in the gorgeous Gateway Terrace. This indoor/outdoor space offers stunning views of the nearby Gateway Arch, Mississippi riverfront, and the St. Louis skyline.


MWSUG 2017 Koala Quest

This year, MWSUG has the pleasure of hosting several travelers from Australia as representatives of Metacoda. However, these travelers have only been allotted a one-way ticket to the United States and are, therefore, looking to be adopted! These adorable yet mischievous guests enjoy all aspects of SAS conferences and can be found throughout the event.

Help us find a loving home for these lovable Koalas. But first we need to track down these crazy critters. They do like to explore and sometimes find themselves in the oddest of places. So please be on the lookout for them. If you find one, locate a Koala Keeper so that the koala can be ‘tagged’ as having been found and adopted. As an added bonus to adopting one of these darling creatures, you will be entered into a drawing for a special prize to be given away at the Monday evening networking event.



Tho Nguyen,
Technology Director, Teradata

Monday Lunch and Keynote, sponsored by Teradata

Monday, October 9, Noon - 2:00pm
Regency D/E/F

"Thinking Inside the Box"
Tho Nguyen, Technology Director, Teradata

Many of you have adopted and practiced the concept of ‘thinking outside the box.’ But when was the last time anyone asked you to go against convention and ‘think inside the box.’ When it comes to managing data and analytics, the new movement is to think inside the box so that processes can be streamlined, performance can be enhanced and governance can be achieved. In this keynote, you will learn how thinking inside has its advantages, leveraging the power within and becoming leaders and innovators in your organization.


Monday Evening Dinner, Keynote, and Networking Reception, sponsored by SAS


Art Carpenter
Monday, October 9
Dinner: 5:30pm - 7:00pm, Regency D-F
Reception: 7:00pm - 10:00pm, 18th Floor

"Job Security in Uncertain Times"
Art Carpenter, Consultant, Trainer, Author, and SAS Rock Star

We'll start the evening with dinner and a light-hearted keynote presentation from legendary SAS expert, author, and consultant Art Carpenter. Art will share with us a comical look at "Job Security in Uncertain Times" - you won't want to miss it!

After dinner, we'll move to the 18th floor for more food and drink, networking, live blues music from the award-winning Green McDonough Band, and exceptional views of the St. Louis and the Gateway Arch. This will be a great opportunity to relax and meet other attendees!


Code Clinic

Monday, October 9, 9am-10am, 11am-12pm, 2pm-3pm, 4pm-5pm
Tuesday, October 10, 9am-10am, 11am-12pm
The Quad (Regency C&D)

Have a sticky SAS coding problem that's got you stumped? The doctor is in! The Code Clinic is staffed by SAS experts who can assist you in untangling even the most stubborn code. Bring your code or sample data along on a USB drive, or just put it somewhere you can access online.


Closing Session

Tuesday, October 10, 4:00pm-4:30pm
Regency A&B

Leaving so soon? Think again! Wrap up your MWSUG conference at our Closing Session. We'll announce the Best Paper winners, introduce next year's conference co-chairs, and get a sneak peak at MWSUG 2018. And, as always, there will be door prizes!