Nearly 800 novice and advanced delegates from 14 Southern California schools attended the Edison High School MUN Conference this past weekend from October 20-21. The conference featured 17 committees, including two separate simulations of the IAEA, dealing with topics ranging from disarmament and human rights to sustainable development and bioethics.
This year’s Edison MUN also introduced new technology for committee management. Across all committees, chairs gave every delegates a score on each speech, comment, resolution, amendment, and unmoderated caucus, which amounted to a total score that the conference used to determine awards; this is a common practice among MUN conferences in California. But Edison’s chairs also used Google Spreadsheets to track delegates scores and record comments, which advisors could observe real-time during the conference from the computer lab or advisors lounge, and which delegates could see after the conference in order to get feedback on their performance. (Click here to see scoresheets) The conference also rolled out a public speaking and commenting application, developed by several Edison MUNers who created the program as a side project for their AP Computer Science class, which helped chairs not only keep track of speakers but also ensure that all delegates were called on fairly and equitably.
At the end of the two-day conference, the delegation awards went to…
- Best Large School Delegations: Mira Costa and Huntington Beach
- Best Medium-Size School Delegations: Cerritos and Whitney
- Best Small-Size School Delegations: Del Norte and St. Margaret’s
Special thanks to Edison Advisor Brendan Patch for having me visit, and congratulations to all delegates, advisors, chairs, and secretariat on a successful conference!