Get More out of your Conference Experience

Meet new acquaintances and reconnect with old friends by attending one of the events at the MineXchange 2020 SME Annual Conference & Expo. Be a part of something fun while getting to know like-minded industry professionals.



Sunday, Feb. 23 – Wednesday, Feb. 26 | Phoenix Convention Center

This year's theme is "Mining Matters: Stewardship, Innovation and Safety”. Share your best photos that exemplify these traits and show how mining matters both inside and outside the industry. Winning photos will be displayed at the MineXchange SME Annual Conference & Expo.

Now is your chance to be a part of the fun, whether you submit photos or stop by and check out the winners!

For more information go to

Sponsored by: The SME Coal & Energy Division


Sunday, Feb. 23 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Phoenix Convention Center

Move Mining is a dynamic competition aimed at elevating the perception of mining. From grassroots to global, teams pitch their best ideas on how to share the everyday importance of mining with the public. Get involved with Move Mining by submitting an original, 3-minute video showcasing your idea to improve the perception of mining. The five finalists will present their concepts live at the MineXChange SME Annual Conference & Expo in February 2020, where the top winning team will receive $5,000, with second place prize of $3,000 cash and 3rd place prize of $2,000 cash.

Title Sponsor: Komatsu
Move Ming NextGen Sponsor: Nelson Brothers, Inc.

Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Reception

Sunday, Feb. 23 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Phoenix Convention Center

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.

Food & Beverage Sponsored by: JENNMAR

SME Foundation Gala Dinner and Silent Auction*

Sunday, Feb. 23 | 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm | Sheraton Phoenix Downtown | $125 per ticket

Get out your boots, bowties & bling for this year’s SME Foundation Annual Gala Dinner and Silent Auction. Guests will enjoy cocktails, dinner, entertainment and dancing all while dressed in business or western chic attire. This event always sells out, so get your tickets with conference registration.

Reception Sponsored by Metso Minerals Industries, Inc. Dinner Wine Sponsored by Black & Veatch. After Party Sponsored by Nevada Gold Mines.

Learn more about the SME Foundation Dinner and other sponsored events at SME Foundation or contact us at


Monday, Feb. 24 | 6:30 am - 8:30 am | $35 per Ticket

Join the SME Health & Safety Division for a healthy and fun start to the 2020 Annual Conference with the Fifth Annual 5K Fun Run and Walk at the Papago Park Fitness Trail. The entry fee is $35 and includes transportation to and from the park. Participants will meet at the front of the Phoenix Convention Center and head over together.

The Papago Park Fitness Trail is just over 3 miles long and is constructed of crushed granite and sections of paved roadway. The trail follows the natural lay of the land and crosses a number of desert washes while it winds through the park.


6:15 am – Bus Leaves Phoenix Convention Center
6:35 am – Arrive at park; Warm-up and Welcome remarks
6:45 am – 5k Fun Run begins
7:15 am – First bus heads back to Phoenix Convention Center
7:45 am – Second bus heads back to Phoenix Convention Center
8:15 am – Final bus heads back to Phoenix Convention Center
* Buses will leave promptly at 6:15 am, please arrive early!

Title Sponsor: Rio Tinto
Supporting Sponsor: Predictive Compliance

Exhibit Hall Lunch

Monday, Feb. 24 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm | Phoenix Convention Center

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.

Food & Beverage Sponsored by: JENNMAR

Women of SME Breakfast and Panel Discussion*

Tuesday, Feb. 25 | 7:00 am - 9:00 am | Sheraton Phoenix Downtown | $50 per ticket

Join other women from the mining and mineral industries for this breakfast and panel discussion. Traditionally the breakfast has addressed issues that are specifically facing women and the industry as a whole. This is a fun way to start off the day and to connect with other females in the industry.

Sponsored by: FLSmidth, Freeport-McMoRan & Nevada Gold Mines

Exhibit Hall Afternoon Social

Tuesday, Feb. 25 | 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm | Phoenix Convention Center

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.

Food & Beverage Sponsored by: JENNMAR

MPD Scotch Nightcap*

Tuesday, Feb. 25 | 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm | Sheraton Phoenix Downtown | $60 per ticket

Proceeds from this event support MPD’s scholarship and award funds, helping those who want to make a career in the industry and recognizing those who have made extraordinary contributions to the industry. In addition to the scotch tasting, there will be light snacks, desserts, cocktails and other drinks. Mineral-processing rock band Bass Metals is back by popular demand, with their "Bringing the Heat to the Desert" tour.

Executive Sponsor:Weir Minerals
Title Partners:
Molycop, Outotec and UPG
Supporting Sponsors: FLSmidth & Solvay

Exhibit Hall Lunch

Wednesday, Feb. 26 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm | Phoenix Convention Center

New for 2020, we’ve extended the last official event in the exhibit hall for MineXchange to include lunch for all attendees. Take advantage of this last chance to connect with exhibitors.

Food & Beverage Sponsored by: JENNMAR


Wednesday, Feb. 26 | 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm | Phoenix Sheraton Downtown | $100 per ticket

As the closing event of MineXchange, the SME/AIME Awards Banquet brings together hundreds of industry professionals to look back and recognize the leaders of the industry. This formal banquet is a time to connect and celebrate 2019 SME President Hugh Miller’s term and to welcome SME 2020 President Bob Schafer.

**Attendees must register to purchase tickets for MineXchange social functions. Multiple tickets for each event may be purchased.