Conference report – Mini-Conference in Moss!

Editor's note: The article was originally posted on the Nordic Region blog and shared with us by the author to reach a wider audience. Thanks Lars! When I read the announcement in august that the regional conference was to be held in Malmö October 13th this year, I was a bit sad. Not that Malmö has bad food or anything, but I was not able to attend that particular weekend. After thinking about it for a while I decided that: "If I can't go to the conference, let the conference come to [...]

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Iberian Judge Conferences 2017 Part 1: Spain Split – Overview

Editor´s note: This article is a joint effort by a lot of writers, editors, translators and reviewers. The full list can be found at the end of the article! Overview During the weekend from June 30th to July 2nd the Spain split of the Iberian Judge Conferences 2017 was held in Madrid. 53 judges gathered in the Colegio Mayor Universitario San Pablo, a college dorm that opened its doors for us and let us enjoy its facilities. Some numbers on attendees: Level 3: 5 Level 2: 23 Level [...]

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TX North Central Winter Miniconference 2018 – Report

Location: Brownwood, Texas Date: February 3, 2018 Attendance: 20 confirmed attendees, 1 walk-in Presentations: 5 Judge Tests Passed: 4 L1s certified Organizers: Brandon Cox, Joseph Dunlap Photography: Michael Arrowsmith, John White, Jonathan Dean   Brandon and I received our L1 certification at the USA-South Autumn Conference 2017 in Ardmore, Oklahoma, becoming the only certified judges in the Texas Heartland - otherwise known as the middle of nowhere. There were [...]

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NH/ME/VT Summer Conference 2017 Report

Location: Deerfield, NH Date: 7/16/2017 Photography: Location NH’s first judge conference was held, as organizer described it, “literally in the middle of the woods,” at the scenic Longview School in Deerfield, NH. We were able to use a large gathering hall as our main room, and several classrooms as other seminar rooms. While we were essentially 10 miles from any civilisation, we still had plenty of food, as several judges volunteered to grill and roast hamburgers and hot dogs [...]

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Hoboken Judge Conference Report

Location: Hoboken, New Jersey Date: 26 March 2016 Attendance: 147 confirmed attendees plus several walk-ins Presentations: 26 Judge Tests Passed: 8, including one new L2 Location The idea for this conference started about a year ago, when , , and approached me with this idea at the Spring 2015 judge conference. They wanted to host a conference at Stevens Institute of Technology, a university that we all studied at. We talked about it over a few months, and decided after [...]

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Eastern European Winter Conference Report

Location: Sinaia, Romania. Date: 5-7 February 2016. Arriving at the hearth of Transylvania was much better then expected. We were warned about bad roads (or no roads at all), but had a completely different experience. Sinaia is a mountain resort known by its Peles Castle, Sinaia monastery and even was a residence for Romanian Royal family. Very beautiful place I recommend for a quality holiday. Friday Night Dinner : The Gathering One of the most awesome thing about conferences [...]

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Organizing a Judge Conference – What can go wrong

Last year, I was one of the organizers of the Czechoslovak judge conference. And even though the conference went quite smoothly with about 40 participants and 18 seminars over 2 days, it was not completely problem-free. So, I'm writing this article describing some of the issues we have been dealing with in order to prevent someone else who reads it from repeating them. There is a lot of thing that can go wrong and lots went wrong. Things that can go wrong before the conference, during the conference, [...]

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Hosting the Virginia Judge Conference at Battlegrounds

Hosting a conference is a lot of work. There is a ton of planning that goes into it that and I did not realize and were surprised to prepare for. The Set Up or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the LGS Finding the perfect place is difficult, and a truly perfect place can be impossible on a budget. Convention centers can be expensive, and even the local VFW Hall or Recreation center can cost upwards of a couple hundred dollars. Luckily, many LGS’s have an area large enough to host conferences, [...]

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