Social Functions

Meet new acquaintances and reconnect with colleagues by attending the events at the MINEXCHANGE 2024 SME Annual Conference & Expo. It’s never been more important to connect with industry professionals.

MINEXCHANGE Social Calendar

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Sunday
February 25, 2024
Monday
February 26, 2024
Tuesday
February 27, 2024
Wednesday
February 28, 2024
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2024 SME Media Contest

Sunday, February 25 – Wednesday, February 28

There is no view in mining like yours. The video and photos submitted in the SME photo contest offer unique perspectives in the mining and minerals industry. Entries in 2024 will center on the theme "Walk a Mine in My Shoes". Winning media will be displayed at the SME Connection in the Expo.

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SME/NSSGA Student Design Competition: Final Presentations

Sunday, February 25, 2024

7:00 am – 3:00 pm

Finalists in the SME/NSSGA Student Design competition will complete their oral presentations in a bid to win aggregate mining technical design and an oral presentation. In this second phase of the competition, student teams have one weekend to solve a design problem and present their findings to a panel of judges. The competition simulates an engineering project prepared by an engineering group for a company. Past problems have highlighted the challenges of mine planning, plant design, reserve modeling, and feasibility analysis.

SME Metallic Student Design Competition: Final Presentations

Sunday, February 25, 2024

7:00 am – 5:00 pm

The SME Metallic Student Design Competition is a team-based hard rock competition focused on the evaluation of a mineral deposit and the development of a potential flowsheet and process design. In this final competition phase.

Student teams will present their findings and solutions to a problem posed earlier in the weekend.

Student Engagement Breakfast

Sunday, February 25, 2024

9:00 am – 11:00 am

The Student Engagement Breakfast gives students the unique opportunity to connect with industry leaders and learn special insight into new technologies used in the mining industry today. The breakfast is sponsored annually by mining companies to showcase emerging technology and innovation. All student attendees are invited to the breakfast. Contact Mona Vandervoort at vandervoort@smenet.org for more information.

SME Student Forum

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Noon – 1:30 pm

Join us and our executive sponsor Newmont for an exciting lunch and interactive program. Celebrate with your peers as we announce the winner of the SME Outstanding Student Chapter Contest, the Student Chapter MEC Award, and the 2023 Student Membership Challenge winner.

Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Reception

Sunday, February 25, 2024

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Kick off the conference with drinks and hors-d’oeuvres for the grand opening of the exhibit hall. With more than 750 exhibitors, this reception is a great time to start networking and learning what the exhibitors have to offer.

Graduate Student Poster Contest

Sunday, February 25, 2024

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The contest provides an opportunity for graduate students to showcase their work in a visible setting and to compete for cash prizes based on the quality of their posters as determined by a team of judges.

Jobs Of Tomorrow Views & Brews

Sunday, February 25, 2024 | 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

SME Foundation Gala Dinner And Silent Auction*

Sunday, February 25, 2024 | 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Let’s Fiesta! Start your conference at this festive event and support SME Foundation initiatives. Enjoy mingling with themed cocktails, a silent auction, dinner and awards program. The Gala Dinner will be followed by an after-dinner reception with dessert, drinks, entertainment and dancing. This event always sells out, so purchase your tickets with conference registration.

To learn more about the SME Foundation Gala and other SME Foundation events contact us smefoundation@smenet.org.

*Denotes an event that requires an additional ticket to attend.

SME Stride for Safety (H&S 5k)*

Monday, February 26, 2024

6:00 am - 8:00 am

Meet at the Phoenix Convention Center at 6:00 am. Buses will depart at 6:30 am.

Bring your running shoes for a healthy start to your morning! Formerly the H&S 5k Run, the SME Stride for Safety supports the Health & Safety Division scholarship program. Participants will meet at the Phoenix Convention Center and buses will depart to the park at 6:30 am for a fun run/walk.

*Denotes an event that requires an additional ticket to attend.

Graduate Student Poster Contest

Monday, February 26, 2024

11:00 am – 5:30 pm

The contest provides an opportunity for graduate students to showcase their work in a visible setting and to compete for cash prizes based on the quality of their posters as determined by a team of judges.

Exhibit Hall Lunch

Monday, February 26, 2024

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

This lunch on the exhibit hall floor allows you to grab a bite to eat and connect with our exhibitors before the technical program begins at 2:00 pm.

SME and Komatsu Student & Professor Engagement Reception

Monday, February 26, 2024

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Smart students know the place to be Monday night at MINEXCHANGE is at the SME Komatsu Student & Professor reception. It’s one of the most anticipated student events at the SME Annual Conference & Expo each year.! Watch for more details coming soon!

Women of SME Breakfast*

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

7:00 am - 9:00 am

Join other women from the mining and mineral industries for breakfast and hear from an inspiring guest speaker. Traditionally the breakfast has addressed issues that are specifically facing women and the industry as a whole. This is an uplifting way to start the day and to connect with other females in the industry.

*Denotes an event that requires an additional ticket to attend.

Graduate Student Poster Contest

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

11:00 am – 5:30 pm

The contest provides an opportunity for graduate students to showcase their work in a visible setting and to compete for cash prizes based on the quality of their posters as determined by a team of judges.

Exhibit Hall Afternoon Social

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Take some time to relax and walk the exhibit hall on Tuesday afternoon during the Afternoon Social. All attendees are welcome to come and walk the hall during the social while enjoying a drink and light snacks.

MPD Scotch Nightcap*

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Rock the night away with the mineral-processing rock band the Bass Metals! Enjoy music, conversation and, of course, scotch tasting. There will be light snacks, desserts, cocktails and other beverages. Proceeds from this event support the Mineral & Metallurgical Processing Division scholarship and award funds.

*Denotes an event that requires an additional ticket to attend.

MPD Student Poster Contest

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

8:00 am – Noon

The Mineral & Metallurgical Processing Division invites all graduate and undergraduate students with a research topic related to mineral processing or extractive metallurgy to participate in the MPD Student Poster Contest! You will have an invaluable opportunity to present and highlight your work in a fun environment, and network with industry and academic professionals. All accepted contestants receive complimentary tickets to the MPD Luncheon and are awarded attractive cash prizes of $125 up to $1,000.

For contest guidelines, visit: smenet.org/Professional-Development/Awards-Competitions/MPD-Division-Student-Poster-Contest

Exhibit Hall Lunch

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Take advantage of this last chance to connect with exhibitors and enjoy lunch in the exhibit hall.

SME Awards Celebration

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

End MINEXCHANGE on a high note at the SME Awards Celebration. Join us to honor the achievements and milestones of SME’s remarkable innovators, leaders and experts during this celebratory reception. You’ll have the opportunity to congratulate colleagues and see the impressive awards up close. Cheers to those raising the bar a little higher and moving mining forward!

This reception is included as part of your conference registration.

Sunday
February 25, 2024

2024 SME Media Contest

Sunday, February 25 – Wednesday, February 28

There is no view in mining like yours. The video and photos submitted in the SME photo contest offer unique perspectives in the mining and minerals industry. Entries in 2024 will center on the theme "Walk a Mine in My Shoes". Winning media will be displayed at the SME Connection in the Expo.

View more information

 

SME/NSSGA Student Design Competition: Final Presentations

Sunday, February 25, 2024

7:00 am – 3:00 pm

Finalists in the SME/NSSGA Student Design competition will complete their oral presentations in a bid to win aggregate mining technical design and an oral presentation. In this second phase of the competition, student teams have one weekend to solve a design problem and present their findings to a panel of judges. The competition simulates an engineering project prepared by an engineering group for a company. Past problems have highlighted the challenges of mine planning, plant design, reserve modeling, and feasibility analysis.

 

SME Metallic Student Design Competition: Final Presentations

Sunday, February 25, 2024

7:00 am – 5:00 pm

The SME Metallic Student Design Competition is a team-based hard rock competition focused on the evaluation of a mineral deposit and the development of a potential flowsheet and process design. In this final competition phase.

Student teams will present their findings and solutions to a problem posed earlier in the weekend.

 

Student Engagement Breakfast

Sunday, February 25, 2024

9:00 am – 11:00 am

The Student Engagement Breakfast gives students the unique opportunity to connect with industry leaders and learn special insight into new technologies used in the mining industry today. The breakfast is sponsored annually by mining companies to showcase emerging technology and innovation. All student attendees are invited to the breakfast. Contact Mona Vandervoort at vandervoort@smenet.org for more information.

 

SME Student Forum

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Noon – 1:30 pm

Join us and our executive sponsor Newmont for an exciting lunch and interactive program. Celebrate with your peers as we announce the winner of the SME Outstanding Student Chapter Contest, the Student Chapter MEC Award, and the 2023 Student Membership Challenge winner.

 

Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Reception

Sunday, February 25, 2024

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Kick off the conference with drinks and hors-d’oeuvres for the grand opening of the exhibit hall. With more than 750 exhibitors, this reception is a great time to start networking and learning what the exhibitors have to offer.

 

Graduate Student Poster Contest

Sunday, February 25, 2024

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The contest provides an opportunity for graduate students to showcase their work in a visible setting and to compete for cash prizes based on the quality of their posters as determined by a team of judges.

 

Jobs Of Tomorrow Views & Brews

Sunday, February 25, 2024 | 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

 

SME Foundation Gala Dinner And Silent Auction*

Sunday, February 25, 2024 | 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Let’s Fiesta! Start your conference at this festive event and support SME Foundation initiatives. Enjoy mingling with themed cocktails, a silent auction, dinner and awards program. The Gala Dinner will be followed by an after-dinner reception with dessert, drinks, entertainment and dancing. This event always sells out, so purchase your tickets with conference registration.

To learn more about the SME Foundation Gala and other SME Foundation events contact us smefoundation@smenet.org.

*Denotes an event that requires an additional ticket to attend.

Monday
February 26, 2024
Tuesday
February 27, 2024

Women of SME Breakfast*

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

7:00 am - 9:00 am

Join other women from the mining and mineral industries for breakfast and hear from an inspiring guest speaker. Traditionally the breakfast has addressed issues that are specifically facing women and the industry as a whole. This is an uplifting way to start the day and to connect with other females in the industry.

*Denotes an event that requires an additional ticket to attend.

 

Graduate Student Poster Contest

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

11:00 am – 5:30 pm

The contest provides an opportunity for graduate students to showcase their work in a visible setting and to compete for cash prizes based on the quality of their posters as determined by a team of judges.

 

Exhibit Hall Afternoon Social

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Take some time to relax and walk the exhibit hall on Tuesday afternoon during the Afternoon Social. All attendees are welcome to come and walk the hall during the social while enjoying a drink and light snacks.

 

MPD Scotch Nightcap*

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Rock the night away with the mineral-processing rock band the Bass Metals! Enjoy music, conversation and, of course, scotch tasting. There will be light snacks, desserts, cocktails and other beverages. Proceeds from this event support the Mineral & Metallurgical Processing Division scholarship and award funds.

*Denotes an event that requires an additional ticket to attend.

Wednesday
February 28, 2024

MPD Student Poster Contest

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

8:00 am – Noon

The Mineral & Metallurgical Processing Division invites all graduate and undergraduate students with a research topic related to mineral processing or extractive metallurgy to participate in the MPD Student Poster Contest! You will have an invaluable opportunity to present and highlight your work in a fun environment, and network with industry and academic professionals. All accepted contestants receive complimentary tickets to the MPD Luncheon and are awarded attractive cash prizes of $125 up to $1,000.

For contest guidelines, visit: smenet.org/Professional-Development/Awards-Competitions/MPD-Division-Student-Poster-Contest

 

Exhibit Hall Lunch

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Take advantage of this last chance to connect with exhibitors and enjoy lunch in the exhibit hall.

 

SME Awards Celebration

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

End MINEXCHANGE on a high note at the SME Awards Celebration. Join us to honor the achievements and milestones of SME’s remarkable innovators, leaders and experts during this celebratory reception. You’ll have the opportunity to congratulate colleagues and see the impressive awards up close. Cheers to those raising the bar a little higher and moving mining forward!

This reception is included as part of your conference registration.

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