Attendee Information

If you are a registered Convergence attendee, below are some key logistical details to assist with your planning and onsite experience:

  • Event Venue
  • Conference Map
  • Onsite Registration Hours
  • Shuttle Schedule
  • Parking
  • Luggage Check
  • Meals
  • New Orleans Information
  • Evening Events:
    • Convergence Experience Center Reception
    • Convergence Closing Celebration

For more details and information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions.

Pre-Event Newletters

In case you missed them, here are links to the T-email newsletters that went out to all registered attendees in the weeks leading up to the event.

You will receive a printed conference guide when you check-in onsite at Registration and visit the Materials Distribution kiosk that includes full agenda information, session abstracts and additional logistical details. You may also download the full Conference Guide for a sneak peak at the details.

Event Venue

Convergence sessions and activities are located at the:
New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (NOMCC)
900 Convention Center Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70130

Conference Map

A map of the venue and Convergence activities is available for download.

Onsite Registration Hours

Registration & Information is located at the NOMCC in the Convergence Experience Center on Level 1, Hall F and is open during the following times (times listed are Central Time):

  • Monday, March 18 | 11:00am - 9:00pm
  • Tuesday, March 19 | 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Wednesday, March 20 | 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Thursday, March 21 | 8:00am - 6:00pm

Shuttle Schedule

Complimentary shuttle service is available between most conference hotels and the NOMCC March 18 through March 21. No shuttle service will be offered from the Hampton Inn & Suites Convention Center, Hilton Garden Inn Convention Center, Hyatt Place Convention Center and Marriott Convention Center. These hotels are within walking distance to the NOMCC. Shuttle service from all conference hotels is provided to the Convergence Celebration on Thursday evening. For specific route information, please consult your conference guide or the signage posted in the lobby area of your hotel. Shuttle service is provided every 10-15 minutes between Convergence hotels and the NOMCC during the times listed below.

MONDAY, MARCH 18

10:45am - 9:15pm | Continuous shuttle service between Convergence hotels and the NOMCC

TUESDAY, MARCH 19

7:45am - 11:45am | Continuous shuttle service between Convergence hotels and the NOMCC

2:00pm - 6:15pm | Continuous shuttle service between the NOMCC and Convergence hotels

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20

7:45am - 11:45am | Continuous shuttle service between Convergence hotels and the NOMCC

2:00pm - 6:15pm | Continuous shuttle service between the NOMCC and Convergence hotels

THURSDAY, MARCH 21

7:45am - 11:45am | Continuous shuttle service between Convergence hotels and the NOMCC

2:00pm - 6:45pm | Continuous shuttle service between the NOMCC and Convergence hotels

CLOSING CELEBRATION

7:30pm - 11:15pm | Continuous shuttle service between Convergence hotels and Woldenberg Riverfront Park/Aquarium

IMPORTANT : There are two boarding locations at the NOMCC. Routes 1-3 will board outside Halls D/E. Routes 4-6 will board outside Halls H/I.

Parking at the NOMCC

For those attendees who will be driving to the NOMCC, there is limited parking available across from Halls H/I. The rate is $10 per day with no in or out privileges. Please see the map for other parking options in the surrounding area.

CPE Tracking Form

A CPE Tracking Form, allowing attendees to track their session attendance and hours, is now available. Award of official CPE credits will be determined by the requirements of each local State Board of Accountancy. Please note: Microsoft cannot guarantee compliance with the official requirements of the NASBA (National Association of State Boards of Accountancy) or individual State Accountancy Boards and cannot be held responsible for any CPE credits that are not awarded due to our inactive sponsorship with the NASBA. Please contact the MBS Events team if you have any questions.

Luggage Check

For your travel convenience we have complimentary luggage check available each day of the conference, located next to Registration on Level 1, Hall F of the NOMCC. Only luggage will be accepted, no coats or laptops. Please be sure to pick up your luggage each day prior to closing. Luggage not claimed each day during Convergence will be held by the NOMCC security; you may pick up your item the next day or call them at 504-582-3040. Please note: Convergence is not responsible for items damaged, lost or stolen. Hours of operation are below:

  • Monday, March 18 | 11:00am - 9:15pm
  • Tuesday, March 19 | 8:00am - 6:15pm
  • Wednesday, March 20 | 8:00am - 6:15pm
  • Thursday, March 21 | 8:00am - 6:45pm

Meals

Regular conference meals include breakfast and lunch and will be served on Level 1, Hall G/H of the NOMCC. You must have your conference badge visible for entry. If you have pre-ordered a Kosher, Halal or other specific dietary meal you may pick it up at the designated Special Meal area which is located in the back of the hall. Vegetarian options are available on all buffets. Meal times are listed within the Conference Guide or on the Agenda page.

New Orleans Information

Check out all that New Orleans has to offer. Visit the On The Town concierge services desk on Level 1 in Lobby E, next to the Convergence Information Desk, for local information and maps, or to make restaurant reservations at one of the many wonderful restaurants in New Orleans.

Additional information about New Orleans can be found on a special website created for Convergence attendees.

Evening Events

Convergence Experience Reception

Monday, March 18, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Convergence Experience Center, NOMCC, Level 1, Halls B-F

Join us as we kick-off Convergence 2013! This year we are starting things off in the hub of it all - the Convergence Experience Center. This is your opportunity to get familiar with the amazing resources and activities in this area that are available to you all week--from the hottest solutions and offerings from our partners from around the globe, to the multiple opportunities to network with your peers. And no reception would be complete without food and beverages, a little music and entertainment, and other fun activities that await - all with some great New Orleans flavor kicked in!

Convergence Closing Celebration: Spark The Future

Thursday, March 21, 7:30pm - 11:00pm
Woldenberg Riverfront Park

As Convergence 2013 comes to an end, join us as we debut this closing celebration at the beautiful Woldenberg Riverfront Park located in the heart of the city.

Enjoy great local cuisine, refreshing beverages, fabulous music and exclusive access to the city’s state-of-the art aquarium. After 9:00pm, chart-topping, multi-platinum rock band MATCHBOX TWENTY takes the stage. The concert will be held on the Great Lawn with the beautiful Mississippi River as the backdrop. You definitely won’t want to miss this amazing concert and closing celebration. It’s the perfect way cap off Convergence 2013 and spark a bright future with friends and colleagues.

Only registered Convergence attendees & registered guests will be admitted to the Celebration (no infants or children). Convergence Celebration Guest Passes ($100) may be purchased through the Convergence online registration process, or may also be purchased at the Registration Desk onsite at the NOMCC.

Transportation will be available from conference hotels to the Convergence Celebration between 7:30pm – 11:15pm. No transportation will run from the Convention Center.

An informational flyer with a detachable wristband will be handed out at the Registration Desk at the NOMCC upon conference check-in. The wristband will be required for entry into the Celebration.