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2023 Wildfire Simulation Competition

THE 2023 NASPAA STUDENT SIMULATION COMPETITION HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED
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WILDFIRE SIMULATION - February 25th and March 4th, 2023

NASPAA is pleased to officially announce the 2023 Student Simulation Competition, which will take place on February 25th and on March 4th, 2023, and will feature the Forio Wildfire Simulation designed by Professor Matt Koschmann of the University of Colorado Boulder. The simulation competition will teach players communication and negotiation skills as they balance their roles against their team goals to collaborate on a joint wildfire mitigation plan for the fictional town of Westmount. In addition, as part of NASPAA's initiative to improve how we embody diversity, equity, and inclusion as an organization and as an essential part of public service education; NASPAA is working with Forio to update the simulation to incorporate DEI facets of wildfire mitigation and public service decision-making as core elements of the learning experience.

The simulation competition is a full-day event taking place on a Saturday in late February or early March 2023. The event will follow a hybrid format. Most competitors will be participating in person, but there will be an opportunity for some students to attend virtually. The competition will once again include guest judges from various public service fields. This year we will also be featuring sponsorship opportunities to support student travel and our efforts to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion elements into the competition experience and into the simulation itself.

If you are interested in hosting the competition at your school, becoming a sponsor, becoming a judge, or just learning more about the competition, please contact Alex Minkoff at minkoff@naspaa.org and Stacy Drudy at drudy@naspaa.org.

 

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2023 Competition Host Sites

  • University of San Francisco​
  • The Ohio State University​
  • United Nations University-MERIT and Maastricht University
  • Fulbright University Vietnam​
  • Universidad del Rosario​
  • The American University in Cairo​
  • The University of Texas at Arlington and The University of Texas at Dallas​
  • James Madison University​
  • University Colorado Denver​
  • North Carolina State University​
  • University at Albany​
  • American University (Beta)

Sponsorship Breakdown

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Sponsorship Opportunities

The 2023 Wildfire Simulation Competition will offer a unique sponsorship opportunity. Your sponsorship will support NASPAA’s mission to improve public service simulations and make them more prevalent. This year, NASPAA has worked hard to bring you a high-level public service education simulation that features diversity, equity, and inclusion elements of wildfire mitigation. Your contribution will go towards DEI integration for innovative teaching and learning tools, overall simulation development, enhancing competition delivery to exceed what we have done in the past, and enabling take-home toolkits to students, public service programs, and professors.   Click here to reserve your sponsorship package  
  • Benefits for all DEI Platinum Sponsors
    • Recognition during the competition at each site.
    • A full-page advertisement in the post-competition digital flipbook. The flipbook will be sent to the entire NASPAA network.
    • A promotional video on the NASPAA website Simulation page
    • Logo in the post-competition digital flipbook.
    • Logo in the January, February, and March 2023 NASPAA newsletter.
    • Logo on the DEI Platinum Sponsors slide shown in the competition slideshow.
    • Logo on the NASPAA website.
    • Recognition in our social media (Twitter, Linkedin, and Facebook).
  • Individual Items - Each of these items includes all of the benefits above
    • First prize of $3,000 to the first-place winner from the global round.
      • Recognition during the awards ceremony for our top three global round winners.
      • Logo to be included in the post-competition flipbook on the awards page.
    • Policy memo
      • Recognition during the policy memo portion of the competition.
      • Listed as the policy memo sponsor in the post-competition flipbook and website.
    • Presentation
      • Recognition during the presentation portion of the competition.
      • Listed as the presenting sponsor in the post-competition flipbook and website.
    • T-Shirts
      • The sponsor logo will be featured on the competition t-shirts, which will be available for our participants.
    • Post-competition flipbook
      • Logo and recognition of your school to be included in the post-competition flipbook on the inside cover.
    • Live-competition video
      • Logo and recognition of your school to be included at the beginning of the competition walkthrough video to be played at each of our competition site locations.
  • Benefits for all DEI Gold Sponsors (5)
    • A half-page advertisement in the post-competition digital flipbook. The flipbook will be sent to the entire NASPAA network.
    • Logo in the post-competition digital flipbook.
    • Logo in the January, February, and March 2023 NASPAA newsletter.
    • Logo on the DEI Gold Sponsors slide shown in the competition slideshow.
    • Logo on the NASPAA website.
    • Recognition in our social media.
  • Bonus Individual Item for first DEI Gold Sponsor (includes all perks from the General category) - SOLD
    • If you are the first Gold DEI sponsor, your sponsorship will go towards the prize of $1,500 for the second-place winner from the global round.
      • Includes all benefits from the General category
      • Recognition during the awards ceremony for our top three global round winners.
  • Benefits for all DEI Supporters (8)
    • Logo in the post-competition digital flipbook.
    • Logo in the January, February, and March 2023 NASPAA newsletter.
    • Logo on the DEI Supporters slide shown in the competition slideshow.
    • Logo on the NASPAA website.
    • Recognition in our social media.
  • Bonus Individual Item for first (includes all benefits from the General category) - Still available!
    • If you are the first DEI Supporter, your sponsorship will go towards the prize of $750 for the third-place winning team from the global round.
      • Includes all benefits from the General category
      • Recognition during the awards ceremony for our top three global round winners.

Competition Judges

Similar to past competitions, NASPAA is seeking public service professionals who would be interested in attending the competition as a judge. Competition judges will use their knowledge and expertise to evaluate how well each team demonstrates the communication, negotiation, teamwork, and critical thinking skills needed to excel in public service. Judges will also determine how well students have considered the diversity, equity, and inclusion facets of wildfire mitigation. Judges will be recognized on NASPAA’s website, on social media, in our newsletter, and in the post-competition program book. Please note that travel, accommodations, and other related costs will be at each judge's expense. 

If you find individuals that you think would be a good fit for the judge role, please send their contact information to Alex Minkoff at minkoff@naspaa.org so that we can review. Accepted judges will receive a formal invitation letter from NASPAA.

Please review the following logistics and expectations for competition judges:

  • Judges will attend a NASPAA competition site to observe and evaluate future public service professionals on learning objectives related to communication, negotiation, disaster management, inclusion, and more.
  • The conference runs approximately from 8 AM to 6 PM on either February 25th or March 4th, 2023. NASPAA will do its best to shorten that window if possible.
  • Judges will circulate during the simulation to ask questions to the student teams and score their answers.
  • Judges will review and score each team’s final one-page policy memo and presentation.
  • NASPAA will host an onboarding Zoom meeting to go over the expectations and procedures for the competition and answer any questions you may have.
  • NASPAA staff will provide judge guidelines and scoring procedures ahead of time.
  • NASPAA staff will be on-site to guide and support you through the judging and scoring process.

Student Nomination and Registration

Similar to past competitions, students can either be nominated by their school or they can self-nominate. The student nomination/registration window will be open from late 2022 to mid-January, 2023.

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Simulation Education Committee

  • Dana Harsell (CHAIR), University of North Dakota
  • Luis Luna-Reyes (CHAIR), University at Albany
  • Yushim Kim, Arizona State University
  • Christina Barsky, University of Montana
  • Jodi Sandfort, University of Washington
  • Sk. Tawfique M. Haque, North South University
  • Peter Linquiti, The George Washington University
  • Emily ChristianFormer beta competition winner
  • Julieta Marotta, Maastricht University