We will have increased security at the conference and in each of our hotels. All participants must have a nametag on and visible to attend any of DECA activities. We will have additional people monitoring this at the general sessions. We will live stream the Friday and Sunday Sessions so parents can view the candidate speeches or the awards session. Notice of how to access the livestream will be on our website, Facebook page and on Twitter. Because if our contract with the hypnotist, we cannot livestream the Saturday session.
Coat and Bag Check:
- Competitors are not allowed to bring bags or backpacks into the competition area
. We have arranged for coat and bag check on Friday from 1-7:00 p.m. and on Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for individuals that wish to check their coat or bags. The fee is only $1.00 per person. Competitive event workers are not able to watch over student items, so anything left in the lobby will be at the person’s own risk. Small purses will be allowed to be brought into the competition area.
Graphing Calculators, Cell Phones, and other electronic devices
are not to be used during competition and must be turned off and out of sight during orientation, prep-time, competitions and all sessions. Traditional calculators may still used during the event prep period. If a cell phone goes off or if one is being used during competition, the student or team will penalized 20 points. The only exception is when the cell phone and/or tablet is being used as part of a written or selling event presentation.
Presentations and the Internet:
- Students should not rely on the convention center internet for their competition presentations. They may use an internet aircard or personal hotspot with their computer if the students have one. But we caution that it could be difficult for students to receive and maintain a connection due to so many people using cell phones during the conference. If they lose connection, they will not be given additional time. Our suggestion is to save anything that they might want to reference directly onto their computer.
School Based Enterprise Participants
that are participating in the optional competition at the State Conference, are required to attend their orientation meeting on Friday, and will present their project Saturday morning. They are not required to turn in their written project for competition
, nor will they be on display at the conference. The judges will be adults that have knowledge of school store operations. We will use the same evaluation form that is used at the International Conference, which is posted here: http://mideca.org/competition/schoolbasedenterprise/
General Conference Updates
Seating during the Awards Session
: Seating will be assigned by district. Seating charts will be in your chapter’s registration packet when you arrive at the conference, and the same seating assignment will be used for all three sessions. The number of seats will be limited to the number of people registered from each chapter. The doors to Exhibit Hall B will open 30 minutes before the start of each session. There will be a special section for any parents and guests that attend the conference.
Saturday MME and Advisor Meeting:
All Advisors should plan to attend this important meeting that will be held on Room 330 Cobo Center at 8:00 p.m. We encourage you to make your dinner plans so you can be there by 8:00 p.m. and then have your chaperones take your students to the Saturday Night Session. The meeting will adjourn by 8:45 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
Saturday Night Session: All delegates, student and adult
, are expected to attend Saturday’s General Session. The session will have the announcement of those being selected to represent Michigan at one of the Academies at ICDC, and the winners of the Math and Economics Examinations. The session will feature Hypnotist/Mentalist – Brian Imbus. There will also be a special drawing at the conclusion of the session!
Dress for the Saturday session is casual, but please work with your students to make sure that they are not in sloppy attire. We will reserve the right to not allow entrance to anyone dressed in tight fitting or revealing clothing.
If you are arranging for a bus to pick you up at Cobo Center after the Awards Session, please instruct to have it stage on West Jefferson near the Detroit Post Office. We will have maps in the Conference Headquarters that show this location. Please arrange in advance to have the phone number of your bus driver so you can call them when you are ready to be picked up. Busses will not be allowed to wait for you at the Cobo Center entrances. All Cobo Center bus drop off and pick up is to take place at the river entrance on Atwater Street. Busses are not allowed to drop off or pick up at the Cobo Center main entrance on Washington Blvd.
fundraising totals have been posted to http://mideca.org/members/mda/
Let us know if any totals are not correct.
Friday and Saturday Dinner:
We encourage you to plan ahead for dinner on Friday and Saturday. If you have not attended the conference in the past, most schools arrange for something simple on Friday, or have the students and chaperones go at different times Friday based on when the members in your chapter have their event orientation.
Many schools plan a chapter dinner on Saturday. As you plan this meal, keep in mind that only a few restaurants in the Renaissance Center Food Court are open Friday evening. Remember that you will have People Mover passes to take you around downtown to expand the number of restaurants available to your chapter. Chapters also have the option for just $3.00 per person round trip to take the QLine down Woodward Avenue to further expand the options available.
I would like to pass on a unique option for dinner either night. Andiamo in the Renaissance Center can cater a pizza dinner for your chapter in the food court. If you are interested in more information, call Cohino Islam at 248-906-9565 for more information and to make arrangements.
Please remember that the hotels do not allow individuals to bring in outside food to their meeting rooms or the public areas.
International Conference Information
A couple of informational packets for the International Conference has been posted to http://mideca.org/teachers/forms/
to help you prepare and budget for the conference.
Look for an email from Ann by Sunday evening that will have the registration form and instructions. Because the conference is earlier this year, the registration forms are due by Friday, March 16th
. A $25.00 fee will be assessed for all registrations received after the 16th. This is so we can process the registrations and submit our state housing form to the hotel by March 19th. Additional conference plans and information will be discussed at the Saturday evening's advisor meeting.