Plan now to join us at the annual EMI Conference as we visit the Chicago region in October!  The Conference will be held on the beautiful campus of Judson University, Elgin, Illinois (about 30 minutes West of O'Hare airport). 

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.

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 this fall!

Watch for more details soon!

Thursday October 10

Early Registration Betty Lindner Campus Commons (4:00 – 6:00 PM)

Registration Betty Lindner Campus Commons (6:00 – 7:00 PM)

Welcome Reception Betty Lindner Campus Commons (7:00 – 8:30 PM)
Coffee and Dessert Reception

Welcome from EMI
Gary MacPhee, Director of Recruiting, EMI
Introductions and information
Meet our staff and fellow conference attendees, and share your EMI stories!

Friday October 11

Registration Betty Lindner Campus Commons (7:15 - 8:00 AM)

Opening General Session Betty Lindner Campus Commons (8:00 – 9:00 AM)
Welcome and general information
Message: Chris Lash, Dean of University Ministries, Judson University

California Safety Assessment Program (C-SAP) (9:30 AM – 5:00 PM)

Breakout Sessions Ham A Weber Academic Center/School of Architecture classroom building  (9:30 AM, 10:45 AM, 1:30 PM, 2:45PM)
Various topics, presenters, TBD

Lunch (catered) Betty Lindner Campus Commons (noon to 1 PM)
Various table topics for discussion

Evening General Session Betty Lindner Campus Commons (6:00 – 8:30 PM)
Dinner (catered)
Message: Dr. Gene Crume, President, Judson University

Saturday October 12

Late Registration Betty Lindner Campus Commons (7:15 - 8:30 AM)

Opening Morning Devotional Betty Lindner Campus Commons (8:30 AM)
Devotion: Henry Watts, EMI US Office Director

Breakout Sessions Ham A Weber Academic Center/School of Architecture classroom building (9:30 AM, 10:45 AM, 1:30 PM, 2:45PM)
Various topics, presenters, TBD

Lunch (catered) Betty Lindner Campus Commons (noon to 1 PM)
Various table topics for discussion

Evening General Session Betty Lindner Campus Commons (6:00 – 8:30 PM)
Dinner (catered)
Message: John Dallmann, CEO, EMI

Sunday October 13

Breakout Session Downtown Chicago walking tour (10:00 AM – noon)

Note: Final Schedule may have minor revisions

Friday October 11

*California Safety Assessment Program (SAP) (9:30 AM - 5:00 PM)

Breakout 1 (9:30-10:30am)

*Design in the Developing World - an introduction for the new volunteer
*Sustainability and Agriculture I
*Sustainable Water Supply: Clay Filter, Community BioSand Filter, and Water Testing Results
*Disaster Risk Reduction – What it is, Why we do it, and How
EMI Families Overseas, Part 1 - A spouse's perspective, Introduction
Becoming Spiritually Fit: Designing a Sustainable and Resilient Faith, Part 1

Breakout 2 (10:45-11:45am)

*Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Programming – The basis for every EMI Design
*Structural Engineering for the Developing World
*Sustainable Waste Water Solutions – Septic and Absorption Systems in East Africa
*Local Design Professionals: The Strength of a Multi-Cultural Design Team
University/Student participants and EMI Collaboration
First Time Volunteering on an EMI Trip - preparation, expectations, and surprises

Breakout 3 (1:30-2:30pm)

*What is "Good" Mission? Part 1 - Development that "helps and not hurts"
*Sustainable Agriculture II – Agro-forestry
*DR - Hurricane Irma Response: Providing Clean Water to Barbuda
*Electrical Design in the Majority World – an EMI Design Guide
*Long-term Partnerships/Relationship-based Design Development
Fund Raising, Part 1 – for Long-term Service

Breakout 4 (2:45-3:45pm)

*Architecture in Another World – Where the pavement ends
*So, What’s My Design Intensity?  EMI in Senegal!
*DR – Seismic analysis and retrofit in post-earthquake responses
*Solar Power Design for the Developing World
EMI USA – How the US Office fits into the broader work of EMI
Crossing Cultures Part 1

Saturday October 12

Breakout 5 (9:30-10:30am)

*Sustainable Water Supplies: sources and selection
*Sustainable Agriculture III – Animal Husbandry
*Schematic Design and Bridging Documents – How EMI helps to get design done
EMI Families Overseas, Part 2 - A spouse's perspective continued
Staff Opportunities with EMI, Part 1 – Finding Your Fit
Becoming Spiritually Fit: Designing a Sustainable and Resilient Faith, Part 2

Breakout 6 (10:45-11:45am)

*Master Planning/Site Development on EMI Projects
*Sustainable Waste Water Disposal Solutions – Pour flush, composting toilets, and biodigesters
*R&D in Uganda – Keys to Appropriate Design
*DR – The Tenwek Hospital Fire Response – Appropriate Design Implications
Crossing Cultures, Part 2

Breakout 7 (1:30-2:30pm)

*The Architect and the EMI Project Leader
*What is "Good" Mission? Part 2 - Development that "helps and not hurts"
*Construction Management – stories and studies from the field
Fund Raising, Part 2 – for  your project trip
Serving Overseas with EMI – staff and families

Breakout 8 (2:45-3:45pm)

*Healthcare Architectural Design in the Developing World
*Sustainable Agriculture IV: Low-pressure irrigation systems
*DR – Mexico Earthquake Response
The Heart of EMI Across the World – Interns!
Staff Opportunities with EMI, Part 2 – What’s Next?
Prayer Room – for EMI staff, volunteers, partners

Sunday October 13

Breakout Session, 1 Architecture CEU

Thinking about staying an extra day to explore downtown Chicago? Let the local EMI Network group take you on a one-of-a-kind walking tour, with the members as your guides. We'll explore Chicago's skyline up close and share our collective knowledge about what makes Chicago architecture and engineering unique.

Duration: 10am - 12pm (with an optional lunch after)
Meeting Location: Details to come
Price: The tour itself is free and part of the conference package. There may be costs for lunch, parking, or taking the train in.
RSVP: Please email to reserve your spot on the tour as there is limited availability.

* course content with Continuing Education credits available

The Cal OES SAP (the evaluator training course for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Safety Assessment Program), provides experienced professionals who can quickly evaluate damaged structures, identifying those that are safe for occupancy to which people can return, while marking those that are unsafe or have restricted use. The course trains civil engineers, architects, and building inspectors to do field evaluations of buildings and infrastructure for safety. The training will run concurrently with other conference content all day, Friday, Oct 11, from 9:30 AM – 5 PM. The cost is included in the conference registration.

We are pleased to offer very comfortable accommodations at the Holiday Inn - Elgin, close to Judson University for your convenience. All EMI staff and conference participants are encouraged to take advantage of continued networking opportunities and discounted room rates by staying at the Holiday Inn. Rooms are available for $109 per night per room (for single or double rooms with breakfast for two included) plus tax. For additional savings, please send us an email before you register if you would like to be connected with someone else looking for a shared room option.  The Holiday Inn is located about one mile from the main venue at Judson University. A regular shuttle service is provided from the hotel to the venue. The hotel offers a variety of amenities for all travelers including a full hot breakfast, complimentary high speed Internet, indoor hot tub, indoor pool and exercise room. 

To reserve your room, please use this link before September 19th to receive the discounted rate. Specific dates may be changed by clicking on the pre-set dates on the first page of the reservation. For example, most participants will change the dates to arrive October 10th and leave October 12th. You may also call the hotel and ask for the ‘EMI Network Conference’ at 847-488-9000.

Holiday Inn Elgin: 
Contact: Tara Randazzo  847-488-9000

Reserved under “EMI Network Conference” Oct 10-12
75 rooms reserved at $109/night per room (either 2 queen or 1 king beds) plus tax
Breakfast for two included

Reserve your room