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Top higher ed thought leaders
are on the agenda in OCTOBER!


The Academic Esports Conference & Expo™ is one event that K-12 and higher education leaders and professionals alike all need to experience firsthand. From the infrastructure required to academic support, the most dynamic minds in all levels of esports programs will present real-world solutions to all of your esports obstacles plus ideas to get you ready for live-action esports at your school!
Speaker and attendees at a session
YOUR 2020 KEYNOTE PRESENTERS:
OPENING KEYNOTE

Dr. Constance Steinkuehler

Dr. Constance Steinkuehler

Professor of Informatics, University of California, Irvine
The Intellectual Life of Esports

CONFERENCE KEYNOTE

Adam Garryr

Adam Garry

Senior Director of Education Strategy, Dell Technologies
Breaking Down Silos:
Connecting K-12 and Higher Education

AND FEATURED SPEAKERS

 START UP TRACK 

Mike Dahle

Mike Dahle

President, Wisconsin High School
Esports Association, Madison

Building a Successful
High School or College
Esports Program

{K-12}{HIGHER ED}

Bubba Gaeddert

Bubba Gaeddert

Executive Director, Varsity Esports Foundation, Kansas City, Mo.
Leveraging the Positive
Impacts of Esports and
Gaming in Schools

{K-12}

Joshua Kell

Joshua Kell

Chief Executive Officer, Horizon AVL and Esports Integration, New Jersey
How to Scale an Esports Program That Captures Students’
Love for Gaming

{K-12}

James O’Hagan

James O’Hagan

Director of Digital & Virtual Learning, Racine Unified School District, Ill.
Bringing Home Esports: Ways to Support the Parents of Children Involved in Esports
{K-12}

Dr. Jay Prescott

Dr. Jay Prescott

Vice President of Student Affairs, Grand View University, Des Moines, Iowa; Executive Director, National Association of Esports Coaches and Directors (NAECAD)
The Benefits of Joining
an Esports Association

{K-12}{HIGHER ED}

 ADVANCED LEVEL TRACK 

Courtney James

Courtney James

Director of Student Involvement, DePaul University, Chicago
Integrating Bystander Intervention Trainings Into Your Esports Communities
{HIGHER ED}

Jonathan Long

Jonathan Long

Director of Tournament Operation, Midwest Esports, Wichita, Kan.
How to Improve and Grow an Already Successful Esports Program
{K-12}{HIGHER ED}

Dr. Eric Monday

Dr. Eric Monday

Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration, University of Kentucky, Lexington

Dr. Kirsten Turner

Dr. Kirsten Turner

Associate Provost for Academic and Student Affairs, University of Kentucky, Lexington

Leveraging a Public-Private Partnership
to Maximize Esports as Academic Priority

{HIGHER ED}

 INFRASTRUCTURE AND TECHNOLOGY 

Dr. Chris Haskell

Dr. Chris Haskell

Director, Varsity Esports, Boise State University, Idaho
Taking Your Arena From
Good to Great!

{K-12}{HIGHER ED}

Kevin Hoang

Kevin Hoang

Partnership Accounts Manager, Twitch
Understanding Twitch and How Live Streaming Is Shaping Esports and Education
{K-12}{HIGHER ED}

Jason Kirby

Jason Kirby

COO and President,
High School Esports League (HSEL)

Generation Esports, Esports: Competing Online Or In Person For Scholarships and Glory
{K-12}{HIGHER ED}

Joshua Pann

Joshua Pann

Education Esports Specialist, HP Inc.
Outfitting Your Program:
Startup Needs, Working With Vendors and Bundlers

{K-12}{HIGHER ED}

Don Soyinthisane

Don Soyinthisane

IT Director, Fresno Unified
School District, Calif.

FUeL! How Fresno Unified Rolled Out an Esports League
and Tournament

{K-12}{HIGHER ED}

 ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT 

Dr. Katrina Adkins

Dr. Katrina Adkins

Senior Program Director, K12 and Higher Ed Solutions, SHI International, Somerset, N.J.
Ready, Set, Play:
Stories From the Arena

{K-12}{HIGHER ED}

Dr. Kristy Custer

Dr. Kristy Custer

Principal, Complete High School Maize, Kan.
Gaming Concepts: Semester-Long, Implementation-Ready Curriculum Approved for Credit
{K-12}

Dr. David Hanan

Dr. David Hanan

Director of Esports, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond
Esports Management: The Popular Major and How It’s Transforming Schools
{HIGHER ED}

Mizuko Ito

Mizuko Ito

Professor and Cultural Anthropologist, Connected Learning Lab and University
of California, Irvine

Esports: The Perfect Connected Learning Opportunity
{K-12}{HIGHER ED}

Dr. Ryan Rogers

Dr. Ryan Rogers

Academic Coordinator of Esports Programs and Assistant Professor – Entertainment Media & Journalism,
Butler University, Indianapolis, Ind.

Teaching an Esports Class Without an Esports Facility
{K-12}{HIGHER ED}

Tom Turner

Tom Turner

Director of Instruction,
Orange County Department of Education,
Costa Mesa, Calif.; Chief Education Officer, North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF)

Influencing Digital Citizenship Through Esports
{K-12}

Dr. Avis Williams

Dr. Avis Williams

Superintendent, Selma City Schools, Ala.
Aim for Excellence: Equity in High Poverty Schools
Through Esports

{HIGHER ED}

 EMERGING TRENDS 

John Cash

John
Cash

Professor of Marketing, Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, N.C.; Managing Director and Founding Board Member, Cxmmunity
Esports Education and Careers: Curriculum, Diversity, Inclusion, and Investment
{K-12}{HIGHER ED}

William Collis

William
Collis

Co-Founder, Gamer Sensei, Team Genji, Providence, R.I.
History of Esports: Business Models Driving the Growth of Our Industry
{HIGHER ED}

Scott Novis

Scott
Novis

Chief Creative Officer, Bravous Esports, Phoenix
Why Recreational Esports Matters: Creating Programs That Combat Isolation
{K-12}{HIGHER ED}

Dr. Hallie Zwibel

Dr. Hallie Zwibel

Director, Center for Esports Medicine, New York Institute
of Technology

Esports Medicine: Clinical Research Findings in Athletes and Implications
{HIGHER ED}

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