Conference Event Sign-Up

Welcome to the Dream Big Conference event sign-up form.

You have received access to this form because your attendance is 100% confirmed. This form is designed to help you select the workshop sessions, panel discussions, community service activities, and other events that you would like to participate in during the conference.

You will receive an email stating your form was successfully submitted upon completion. You will receive your personalized conference schedule during check-in at the United States International University – Africa on August 18, 2023.

The deadline to submit this form is Wednesday, July 12, 2023.

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Workshop Session Sign-Up

You will be able to attend 6 workshop sessions over the course of the conference. Sign up for your top 12 choices and you will be given 6. Spaces within each workshop are limited and will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis. You will receive your official conference schedule when you check-in on August 18.

We encourage you to enhance your experience at the conference by signing up for workshops from different focus areas.

WMI Scholar Panel Discussion Session Sign-Up

You will be able to attend 2 panel discussions during the conference. Sign up for your top 3 choices. Spaces within each panel discussion session are limited and will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis. You will receive your official conference schedule when you check-in on August 18.

Speed Pitch Sign-Up

In addition to workshops and panel discussions, WMI will be hosting a Speed Pitch Competition at the Dream Big Conference on Saturday, August 19. Participation in this event is 100% voluntary and requires those who sign up to prepare a two minute oral pitch in advance. Sign-up for this event is limited to the first 50 scholars. Once the event limit is met, there will be the option to sign up for the waitlist.

What is a speed pitch competition?

This is your opportunity to introduce and promote (pitch) your idea for a community project, CBO, NGO or social enterprise to a prospective supporter. The idea pitched can be a real on-going project/organization OR an idea that you have. This is a presentation exercise with no commitment to implement the idea you are presenting.

There will be 50 scholars participating and 50 invited guests and WMI staff ready to hear your idea!

At the event, you will have two minutes to pitch your community project, CBO, or social enterprise idea to an invited guest/WMI staff member (your “catcher”), then you will receive two minutes of feedback from the catcher. You then move on to the next catcher and complete this process for 10+ times. This activity offers you the opportunity to practice your pitch presentation skills and to receive valuable feedback from professionals who are passionate about your success.

For each pitch presentation you make, you will receive a brief evaluation from each professional on the success and weakness of your pitch.

You will be evaluated on how effectively you present the following:

  • Introduction of who you are
  • What is the purpose/object/goal of the idea you are pitching
  • Your call to action to support the idea you are presenting
  • Why support should be granted to your idea

The speed pitch event will culminate with a short reception to further mingle and meet the catchers. If you are 100% committed to participating in this optional experience at the conference, please sign up. Please do not sign up if you are not able to prepare for this event as you would be taking the opportunity from another scholar.

Community Service Sign-Up

WMI is excited to work with local organizations throughout Nairobi and offer community service and experience sharing opportunities as part of the conference. Groups of up to 20 scholars will be traveling to sites within the community to learn, exchange ideas and conduct community service. Please select your top two community service focus areas from the options below. All efforts will be made to take your preferences into consideration with site assignments.

Optional Activity Sign-Up

You are invited to participate in additional optional activities throughout the conference. Please indicate if you plan to participate to help WMI staff prepare.

First Optional Activity
Day 2: August 19

Second Optional Activity
Day 3: August 20

Third Optional Activity
Day 4: August 21

Terms & Conditions

Please read the following important policies and indicate your agreement at the bottom of this page.

Terms and Conditions

100% Attendance Commitment:
Registered attendees commit to attend the full conference from check-in on Friday, August 18 between the hours of 10am-3pm EAT to check-out on Tuesday, August 23, 2023 between the hours of 12pm - 3pm EAT. There are limited spaces available to attend the conference and priority was given to those who committed to attend the full conference. This requires advanced planning for on-time arrival and departure.

WMI Scholar Family Members, Children & Friends:
The invitation to register and attend the conference is for WMI Scholars only. WMI Scholars’ family members, children (including infants) and friends are not allowed to attend the conference. Uninvited persons should not be on the conference grounds, unless providing private transport to or from the event during designated arrival and departure times. WMI Scholars who arrive with family members, children, infants or friends will be instructed that they must make alternative arrangements for said individuals not on the conference grounds. They cannot be on campus, attend sessions/evening events/meals, etc. If this policy impacts your potential attendance, you are encouraged to attend a future Dream Big Conference.

No Longer Able To Attend:
If you cannot attend the conference due to a last minute emergency you are required to tell WMI as soon as possible through

If you are no longer able to attend and you received a travel stipend, you are required to return the full stipend to WMI by August 31, 2023. Please review the Return of Travel Stipends policies which will be implemented based upon scholar status on the DBC webpage. Failure to abide by these policies may result in termination from the organization.

Drug and Alcohol Free Zone:

  • The consumption, possession, or distribution of alcohol and illegal drugs is prohibited at the conference and on the USIU-Africa campus.
  • No WMI Scholar or WMI Staff shall report to the conference or perform conference-related activities under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Scholars who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, which may include removal from the conference and/or termination from the organization.
  • Scholars who require prescription medication are allowed to store them in their private rooms.

For more information visit the DBC page

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