Make the AG Your Own

Programming at the Annual Gathering, much like the AG itself, mirrors our members’ diverse interests. If you can imagine a topic, there’s a good chance we’ve held an AG program covering it.

Make the AG Your Own

AG programming is an eclectic mix of presentations given by Mensans and external speakers — interesting deep-dives into topics ranging from, quite literally, the history and cultural legacy of high heels to Renaissance art to developments in cryptocurrency. The ideal AG speaker session is thought-provoking, packed with interesting information, and illustrative of the speaker's personal or professional passion.

Outside of speaker sessions, programming follows one of a handful of tracks, including Meet-and-Greets, games and tournaments, Leadership Development Workshops, and programming just for kids. Taking a look at last year’s schedule is the best way to get a feel for the types of programming you can typically expect at the AG.

Member Speaker Sessions

The window for submitting member speaker proposals has closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted a presentation proposal.

Poster Presentations

Graduate students from local universities in the Baltimore region are invited to present their unique research. Following the model of poster presentations, you can showcase the outstanding quality and diversity of graduate-level research while also gaining the experience of presenting your research outside of your discipline.

Start by learning about discounts on registration, a voucher for the Mensa entrance exam, and tips for the best poster presentation.

Submit Poster Presentation Proposal


A fixture at every Annual Gathering, Meet-and-Greets are pretty much what they sound like: a dedicated space for your group to meet and, well, greet. Meet who? we can hear you asking. Well, anyone, really, but here are some examples of Meet-and-Greets you can typically find at an AG:

  • Local Group and Region Meet-and-Greets
  • Special Interest Group meetups
  • Meet-and-greets for particular officer roles

And then there are oddities like the 12 fellas named David who attend every AG and like to hang out and chop it up for a bit while they’re in town. Good guys, The Daves. If you would like to meet up with folks with similar interests while you’re at the AG, submit a Meet-and-Greet request, and we’ll do what we can to find space for you.

Submit Meet-and-Greet Proposal


Games — board games, card games, party games like Mafia or Werewolf — are an essental part of the AG. In addition to what many have described as a “palatial” Games Room, the Annual Gathering features a full schedule of volunteer-hosted tournaments, from dice games to deck-building and more, in its own dedicated space. Want to host your own tournament? Let us know.

Submit Tournament Proposal

Leadership Development Workshops

Business or pleasure? Both, actually. The AG is chock full of fun and games, but being the clever devils we are, we take advantage of having so many brainy folks under the same roof by devoting time to teaching and learning how to become better and more effective volunteers and leaders and to share our best practices.

Submit LDW Proposal

Youth Programming

Bringing your kiddos to the AG? You’ll find plenty of programming that’s fun for all ages. And the Spark! program, sponsored by the Mensa Foundation, includes structured programming specifically for kids ages 4-12, enabling them to have their own unqiue AG experience.

Suggest External Speakers/Topics

We’re all ears when it comes to programming and speaker suggestions. Would you like to suggest a presentation topic or recommend a terrific external speaker? Let us know!

Suggest Programming

Frequently Asked Questions
When will I find out if my program proposal is accepted?
Late-March. The call for proposals and Meet-and-Greet requests closes March 10; we’ll let you know shortly afterward whether your proposal has been accepted.
If my program is accepted, will I have any say in when it’s timed?
Yes, to a degree. We’ll ask you for your first, second, and third time/date preference, but with hundreds of programs to schedule, we can’t guarantee that you’ll get your preferred time/date slot.
When will the schedule be announced?
We’ll make the schedule available around mid-May, after all sessions details have been gathered and we have each session scheduled.
I’m not a Mensa member, can I speak at the AG?
Yes, absolutely. External speakers are given a free day-pass to the event and are invited for the day. Email our External Speaker Chair for more information, or fill out the external program idea form.
What A/V setup will I have as a speaker?
Each speaker will be set up with a laptop connected to projector and a mic. The rest is up to you.
What if my proposed program isn’t kid-friendly?
That’s okay — there’s definitely an audience for adult-only themes. Just let us know in your program proposal that your topic is for an adults-only audience.