wow, news travels really fast. As some of you know, we were planning a Summer Mela with tons of exhibition performances (at least 16 teams). But after talking to members of the community, while they love performing, they rather have something more "chill". Also the fact many members of many teams will be dispersed. A physical DDT Award has crossed our mind and it's going to one of many segments of the event were are working on putting together, if we do this. Meaning, the event will be multi-segment and one of the segment will be the DDT Awards (with trophies).
Location is key. It would absolutely be in NJ. I'm from here, I understand and can work the logistics better here. We are no stranger to doing events outside of NJ, but those are usually co-hosted with other groups. This event most likely will be held by DDT, with volunteers from the community. So therefore, it'll be in NJ. Which has a high abundance of affordable, reliable, public transportation. We're trying to make it as simple as possible for out-of-state teams since many of them expressed interest. We're also going to keep it closer towards NYC so teams can explore NYC after. Maybe next year, if another organization is willing to co-host with us, we can do it in another city. But i don't see many organization being interested in hosting the DDT Awards. Plus having it in my home state, i have more access to my resources (vendors, djs, photographers, staff, etc). The Tri-State, Philly, CT, Del-Mar-VA area collectively already have over 100 teams, so you can expect it to be packed.
We're also trying to make the event afford for attendees. Which limits a lot of things. We understand you already spent fortunes going to competitions throughout the years. But you will only get out what you put in. That's something you have to understand. But we'll do our best to make it as grand as possible. Hopefully at the ATS/NNR level.
We'd also want to do it around June. It'd be after graduation for most and not deep into the summer to ruin your summer plans. Also, i'm hella busy in July-October lol.
If you like to give your two cents and engage in a more indpeth discussion regarding the event, you can do so by emailing us or post on the TEAMS ONLY
forums. More detail will soon be posted in the Teams Only forums. We'd also be looking for volunteers and board members once things are more solid.