Advance Camp is a networking and training conference for anyone interested in political optics and operations for Democratic campaigns on the national level, in preparation for the exciting 2020 Presidential campaign cycle, especially those who may be new to advance.
"Advance" staff on a political campaign arrive to a particular location ahead of the candidate (hence the name) and make all the preparations necessary for a successful campaign stop — from visual backdrops to crowd management to media logistics.
You do not need any prior experience with advance or even politics to attend Advance Camp -- just an interest in learning more. The minimum age is 18 at the time of attendance.
Interest in Advance Camp has been very high and space is limited. Applications to attend will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis, with a final deadline of February 28th, 2019, after which no additional applications will be accepted. An application to Advance Camp does not guarantee you a space.
There is no cost to attend Advance Camp, but contributions are being accepted to defray event costs. Attendees are responsible for their own travel arrangements. Please see below for more information about the schedule for the weekend for travel planning purposes.
The below conference schedule is is subject to change.
Friday, March 8th, 2019:
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. • Welcome Reception & Mixer
The Bullpen • 1201 Half Street SE Washington, DC • (outdoor venue — dress appropriately!)
Saturday, March 9th, 2019:
9:30 - 10:00 a.m. • Opening Welcome & Introduction to Advance Camp
10:00 - 10:45 a.m. • Panel 1: “What is Advance? / Types of Events / Makeup of Advance Teams”
11:00-11:45 a.m. • Panel 2: “Site & Press Advance Overview”
11:45 - 12:30 p.m. • Breakout 1: Site or press small group discussion and Q&A with advance alumni
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. • Break for Lunch
1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. • Breakout 2: Site or press small group discussion and Q&A with advance alumni
2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. • Panel 3: “Potential Career Opportunities After Advance”
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. • Panel 4: “How to Join a Campaign and 2020 Timeline”
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. • Networking & Social Mixer at event venue
6:00 p.m. Conference ends