2015 EMI Conference
An annual gathering of the EMI Network

October 27 - 29, 2016
The Holiday Inn Bayside, San Diego

Come join us at the annual EMI Conference as we venture west to the beautiful San Diego coast at the end of October! We will connect with one another and train ourselves for international service, as we grow our collective vision for “designing a world of hope.”

Our team of presenters is made up of fellow volunteers and EMI staff from around the world. They will teach and share from their own field experience, learning, and perspective. Structured to provide a fuller experience, the conference features 2 full days of seminars. Once again, the California Safety Assessment Program will be taught all day Friday, concurrent with other workshops.

And if you can't attend the full conference, the One Day Pass will give you flexibility to keep your work week commitments. We hope you can join us at the Holiday Inn Bayside this fall!

Full Conference (Thursday – Saturday)
One Day Pass (Friday or Saturday)


Schedule is tentative and subject to revision.

Welcome Reception (6:00 - 8:30 PM)

*California Safety Assessment Program (SAP) (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Breakout 1 (9:00-10:00am)
*DR - Shifting Sands: WASH Operations during the European Refugee Crisis
*Sustainability and Agriculture I
*Design in the Developing World - an introduction for the new volunteer
EMI spouses - initial introduction

Breakout 2 (10:45-11:45am)
*DR - Unreinforced Masonry: The Basics, Assessment, and Repair
*Water Supplies: Sources and Purification
*Local Design Professionals: The Strength of a Multi-Cultural Design Team
First Time on an EMI Trip - preparation, expectations, and surprises

Breakout 3 (2:00-3:00pm)
*Disaster Response: A volunteer's story and case studies
*Sustainable Agriculture II - EMI Case Studies
*EMI Sustainable Design - Architecture Where the Pavement Ends 
Balancing life and EMI volunteerism - panel of experienced volunteers

Breakout 4 (3:45-4:45pm)
*Construction Management - stories and studies from the field
*Sustainable Latrine Solutions
*EMI Electrical Design in the Majority World
Crossing Cultures, part 1

Breakout 5 (9:00-10:00am)
*Structural Design for the Developing World
*Sustainable Water Supply Testing—Case Study: Biosand Filters
*Business As Mission - an architectural model from the field
EMI families Overseas - spouses' perspectives

Breakout 6 (10:45-11:45am)
*DR - Shifting Sands: WASH Operations - European Refugee Crisis (REPEAT)
*EMI Solar Power Design
*Understanding the Master Plan process as a Necessity
Crossing Cultures, part 2

Breakout 7 (2:00-3:00pm)
*Disaster Response: A volunteer's story and case studies (REPEAT)
*HealthCare Design in the Developing World
*What is "Good" Mission? - Development that "helps and not hurts"
Developing a team of partners for volunteer missions work

Breakout 8 (3:45-4:45pm)
*Construction Management - stories and studies from the field (REPEAT)
*Sustainable Wastewater Disposal Solutions, Part I: Biodigesters Case Study
*Local Design Professionals: The Strength of a Multi-Cultural Team (REPEAT)
Staffing an EMI Field Office - staff and families
Prayer Room - for EMI, for volunteers

*Designates course content with continuing education credits available.
Check with your state's local requirements for PE's.

John Dallmann

On Saturday evening EMI’s CEO, John Dallmann, will be challenging us to step out in new ways.

Intern Alumni Reunion
Connect with fellow former EMI interns!
Saturday, October 29, 5pm

Please book your hotel accommodations at EMI’s official conference hotel, the Holiday Inn Bayside. Staying with fellow attendees and EMI staff will enrich your conference experience.

Contact the hotel for the EMI rate!

$129/night double occupancy
$149/night with breakfast vouchers (max $30 value daily, excl service charge).
Includes: Free WiFi, Free Airport Shuttle.
Parking: discounted to $5.00/day
Total tax = 12.59%

To reserve your room, call direct at
(800) 662-8899
and ask for the EMI Conference group rate.

These special discounted group room rates are available October 26 – 30, if booked by September 30, 2016. Group rate is available 3 days pre and post, based on availability.

Holiday Inn Bayside
4875 N. Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92106

The EMI Conference hotel (Sheraton Tysons) is within walking distance of Spring Hill Metro station (Silver Line). If you're staying at the hotel, you can request a shuttle from the station.

Getting to McLean Bible Church: The conference venue is not within walking distance (>1 mi). An additional taxi or bus ride is required to reach McLean Bible Church via Metro.

Parking at McLean Bible Church: Immediately after the ramp, turn left into the first floor of the parking garage. Enter through the main doors under the pedestrian walkway to the right of “The Rock” entrance & water fountain.

Dulles International Airport (IAD)
Metro: use the Silver Line Express bus to Wiehle-Reston East station, take Metro one stop to Spring Hill.
Total fare: $7.35-$9.00 one way.

Super Shuttle: $2 off one-way shared ride, $5 off roundtrip shared ride (more discounts & reservation information)

Reagan National Airport (DCA)
Metro: Reagan Airport take the Blue Line toward Largo, at Rosslyn transfer to the Silver Line (toward Wiehle-Reston), get off at Spring Hill.
Total fare: $3.60-$6.40 one way.

Super Shuttle: $1 off one-way shared ride, $3 off roundtrip shared ride (more discounts & reservation information)

Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI)
Super Shuttle: $2 off one-way shared ride, $5 off roundtrip shared ride (more discounts & reservation information)

Union Station-DC (Amtrak & bus service)
Metro: Union Station take the Red Line (toward Shady Grove), at Metro Center transfer to Silver Line (toward Wiehle-Reston), get off at Spring Hill.
Total fare: $3.60-$6.55 one way.

Alexandria AMTRAK
Metro: King St-Old Town (Blue Line toward Largo) to Rosslyn, transfer to the Silver Line (toward Wiehle-Reston), to Spring Hill.
Total fare: $3.60-$6.90 one way.

Other Options:
The Airport Shuttle (also services BWI and Union Station)
Taxis, Uber, Lyft, etc.

Above companies are some of the available transportation options in the area and not specifically endorsed by EMI.
Meet in the lobby of the Sheraton Tysons Hotel to explore DC with EMI friends.
  • Thursday, October 22, 9am
  • Sunday, October 25, 7am (for sunrise monuments) or 9am

Tips & Tricks
  1. Pack light (no bags) to zip through museum security, or bring an easy open bag.
  2. On escalators, stand on the right and walk on the left — Metro commuters are eager to get home!
  3. On the Metro, wait to the side for passengers to disembark the train, then move to the center of the car if crowded.
  4. Metro SmarTrip cards are recommended for ease of use in the turnstiles and reloadable features. (There is a required balance on SmarTrip and paper fare cards at all times.)
  5. Iced tea may be sweet or unsweet, clarify when ordering.
  6. The Marine Corp Marathon & 10K are on Sunday morning. Arlington Cemetery/Pentagon area is a start and finish point, and the route goes through The Mall and around the Tidal Basin. Respect the course and runners.

Popular Sights
The Smithsonian
National Building Museum
The National Mall & Monuments
National Archives
International Spy Museum
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
White House
Ford’s Theater
The Capitol Building
Library of Congress

What is the dress code?
Most attendees dress business casual.

What meals are provided?
Dessert Thursday night, Lunch & dinner Friday and Saturday are included in your conference registration. Breakfast is not included except with the special breakfast rate at the Holiday Inn Bayside. Several neighborhood restaurants offer breakfast as well.

How do I get to the conference and where do I park?
There is a free 24 hour shuttle from the airport to the hotel only 10 minutes away. On-site parking is available for $5/day.

What should I bring to the conference?
A listening ear and open heart. Optional: note taking implements (pen & notepad/tablet/laptop), Bible (physical or app), and cash/check for EMI merchandise!

Do I need to indicate the Breakout Sessions I attend beforehand?
No, you can pick which sessions you attend at the conference.

Can I receive continuing education?
Yes! You can earn up to 11 hours with the California Safety Assessment Program offered on Friday. Otherwise, up to 4 hours each on Friday and Saturday. The majority of our Breakout Sessions are of a technical nature that they qualify for continuing education for engineers and architects. Breakout Sessions that have been approved for AIA LU’s and HSW LU’s will be indicated in the conference guide. Please check your licensing board requirements for continuing education. EMI is not registered in North Carolina, Florida, or Louisiana.

Will the presentations for the Breakout Sessions be available?

Will recordings of the Breakout Sessions be available after?
Lord willing at least some.

How do I choose a Breakout Session when there are so many great ones to pick from?!
Each Breakout Session will indicate which disciplines/areas will benefit most, but that is not a requirement for attending. A few Breakout Sessions will be repeated.

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