Frequently Asked Questions

If you’ve never experienced a Mensa Annual Gathering, AG chairs Jan Doyle and Teresa Gregory are here to answer a few common questions and give you a feel for the event.

 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How many people will be there?

We're expecting 1,600 to 1,800 to attend from across the United States and from several other countries.

When will details of the agenda and programs be available?

The programming schedule should be available on the website in mid-May. Likewise, the free event app will be available by mid-June, and it will contain the programming schedule.

I have never attended an event of this type and have questions on what occurs during this five-day event.

The AG typically starts on Wednesday around noon and ends Sunday after noon. It is usually held around the July 4 holiday. Several concurrent tracks of speakers run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Some speakers are Mensans; some are not. Topics vary widely.

There are also Special Interest Group meet-and-greets, where members of SIGs from around the country can meet in person. Similarly, there are meet-and-greets for Local Group officers, and there are leadership development sessions.

The Games Room is a 24-hour funhouse of continuous game playing, and there's a tournaments room. Hospitality — open 24 hours — is a ballroom with snacks, soft drinks, and beer and wine (alcohol is typically served from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.); it’s where people just hang out and talk to one another. (Some attendees spend all or most of their time in Hospitality.) Spark! programming is designed just for kids, and there is a teen room.

There are special events, such as the Mr. Mensa contest (a fundraiser for the Mensa Foundation), a gala banquet with a speaker, a Sunday brunch, and tours of local attractions.

What is appropriate dress?

There's no dress code — it's very casual for the most part. Many attendees will wear T-shirts and jeans the whole time. Some people get really dressed up for the gala banquet (cocktail dresses and suits), although most will wear what you'd wear to a nice dinner out; some will even go very casual even to the gala dinner.

What is included with the registration fee?

The registration fee includes all events and activities except the gala dinner and speaker, the brunch, and the tours. It includes the food and drink in Hospitality, including four breakfasts and three lunches. Finally, it helps pay for the expenses of putting on a big convention (e.g., audio-visual charges for the speaker rooms, printed programs, Wi-Fi, insurance, etc.)

Is the event open to spouses even if they're not a member of Mensa?

It is open to members and their guests — family, friends, etc. Nonmembers pay a higher registration fee.

I assume there is a large meeting everyone attends?

There really isn't one large meeting that everyone attends. Members are encourage to attend the Annual Business Meeting, which is required by our Bylaws. Probably the best attended events are Mr. Mensa and the gala dinner.

Will group dinners be part of the event?

There's the gala dinner and the Sunday brunch. Those are the only scheduled meals that aren't a part of the breakfasts and lunches served in Hospitality. There will be informal groups that go out to dinner. There are a couple of restaurants in the hotel.

How do I register?

You can register online here, or you can call the National Office at (817) 607-0060. And don't forget to visit the Facebook Event for timely announcements.

Hope this helps give you an idea of what an AG is like. And we hope to meet you in Indy in July!