National Conference 2022
At 7:15 a.m. on June 23, 2022, the time had finally come. Our journey to the 44th National Conference in Dallas, Texas began. With anticipation, nervousness and motivation, we finally arrived about 24h later at the Super-8 Hotel, where we spent our first night. The next morning we moved to the Gaylord Texan Resort, our actual accommodation for the coming week and also the venue for the National Conference. After checking into our rooms, we headed to the local Walmart to stock up on food and pick up the last few essentials to fine-tune our projects. Saturday was all about exploring Dallas. On the list were the 6th Floor Museum, which educated about Kennedy's assassination, the Union Tower as the tallest building in Dallas, and a rodeo show in the evening. Sunday we used to relax and prepare. Documentations were printed and filed, the Architectural Design model was assembled, and the numerous conference rooms were checked out so we would know exactly where to go later. In the evening, we received our official name badges in a meeting and were explained the rules. Afterwards we already had to hand in the first projects. On Monday morning, the first General Session started, which we all eagerly awaited, since it was the first National Conference for every member. This was followed by the activity of pin trading, which also served as an exchange with other chapters. Throughout the day, projects were handed in and on-site projects, such as coding, were mastered. In the evening, the Cyber Security Challenge began and the topic for the on-demand video shoot was announced. This also meant that many members of the chapter were coding or drafting a script during the night. Tuesday also featured the morning General Session and the pin trading that followed. The rest of the day consisted of handing in many projects, such as Biotechnology Design, contesting other onsite projects, such as Problem Solving, and continuing to work on Cyber Security and On-Demand Video. In addition, the semi-final interview of the project webmaster was successfully completed. Wednesday, 9 a.m. marked the end of the Cyber Security Challenge and the submission of the completed on-demand video. After the General Session, there was diligent preparation for the Architectural Design and Biotechnology Design interviews, which were scheduled for early afternoon. Thursday meant the end of the conference and our trip, but first, the big awarding ceremony took place. We were eagerly waiting for the results, which did not disappoint us. The projects On-Demand-Video and Biotechnology Design made it to the semi-finals and thus to the top 12, while the on-site project Coding reached 4th place. We can be especially proud of our 3 trophies for 3rd place in Webmaster, Cyber Security and Architectural Design. After celebrating we spent the afternoon at the historic Grapevine before our trip home started around 6 pm. We finally arrived at the school around midnight on Friday, tired but happy and with numerous new memories.