Application for Hosting
Do you think your team is ready to take on the challenge of hosting one of our conferences? Do you want to show off your capabilities and campus to dozens of teams in North America? Are you looking to improve relations with your local EMS and emergency response groups?
Hosting NCCER is no easy task, but it’s a highly regarded achievement that’s guaranteed to create new memories and friendships! To learn more about what it takes to host one of our conferences and determine if it’s the right fit for you, read on below!
Submitting your bid to ACERT is the first step to hosting – and the one that we feel requires the most courage. It requires committing to the journey and seeing it through to the end. We’re looking for teams and individuals who see the fun treks in getting around roadblocks and enjoy getting creative when facing the drawing board. If your team has the organizational skills to tackle multiple projects and activity requests while working with time-sensitive deadlines, this is the conference for you!
Hosting a conference takes a lot of work, and sometimes you’ll need a helping hand or two (or fifty…). A strong sense of teamwork, leadership, and initiative in all stages of conference planning is something ACERT expects of your team – and hopefully you do, too! Whether it be putting together committees, working with representatives from your sponsors, outreach on your campus community for fundraising, or even dealing with admin, strong teamwork and communication is the absolute foundation of hosting.
Unstoppable force (your team) meets immovable object (your campus admin): a tale as old as time.
You can organize and arrange and have enough finances to cover hosting for next year, but if there’s no place to host it then it’s all moot. If your campus or local conference hosting services have the ability to host a conference with up to 150 attendees, keynote speakers, workshops, and situations, then you’re already halfway there. Catering, socials, hotels, and access to transport/parking are also things to consider when you apply to host.
Who will help guide attendees around activities during the conference? How will you use technology and social media to help promote and organize? What kind of scenarios will you design for the round robins? What kind of budget are you working with and how will you ensure you’re not terrifically in the red by the end of this?
These are only a fraction of the kinds of questions your team needs to ask itself when untangling the cat’s cradle that is conference logistics. Don’t worry – ACERT is here to help guide you if you need it!