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 3/22/2023 SCHEDULE

"Don't miss the 5th annual College Esports Expo 2023, the world's leading forum for college esports, held in Boston on March 22 and 23 at the District Hall Boston Center on 75 Northern Avenue, just a short walk from the Pax East 2023 Conference at the Seaport. Check out the schedule for Day One of the 2023 College Esports Expo and join the discussion on the latest trends in esports and video games."

08:45AM 

Door Opens

Welcome to CEX 2023! Vendor space is open for business. Quick networking time.

09:15AM - 09:25AM 

Opening Remarks

College Esports Expo Kickoff-  The CEX Executive Team makes introductions to kick off the festivities for the 4th Annual Conference. 

09:25AM - 09:45AM

Esports Industry Landscape

Multiple esports experts and industry insiders explore the latest developments in esports and gaming for 2023. Take a listen. During this session, participants will gain an overview of the esports industry, identify key trends and challenges, and discuss the future of the industry and its role within the wider media ecosystem.

09:45AM - 10:25AM

Connecting and Powering Esports and Gaming Spaces

Live esports competitions have been held in stadiums, arenas, and convention centers around the world for the past 10 years. In Esports, the game is broadcast to an online audience while live competitions take place in live venues. We’re shifting from a culture of passive consumption to an engaged, active, and socially driven gaming experience. Many institutions do not have the budget to build a dedicated esports facility or room. Gaming center operators and esports directors discuss venue operations, infrastructure, and programming practices that define one of the fastest-growing segments of location-based entertainment as it begins to emerge on college campuses.

09:45AM - 10:25AM

Esports Innovation - The Potential of Web 3 & Blockchain to Transform the Esports Industry

 Leaders in the esports industry discuss how Web 3 and blockchain can transform the industry. The panel will discuss the benefits of utilizing these versatile technologies in collegiate esports programs and administrations, from maximizing monetization and efficiency to preparing students for new career opportunities. During this session, we will explore the latest trends and developments in the field and provide valuable insights for anyone looking to stay on top of this rapidly evolving industry. Whether you're an administrator, player, or industry stakeholder, you don't want to miss this panel.

10:35AM - 11:15AM

Making of the Next Powerhouse College Esports Program

This panel at the College Esports Expo will explore strategies and best practices for building successful esports programs in colleges and universities. Industry experts and leaders in collegiate esports will share their experiences and insights on building a competitive and sustainable esports program. Topics covered will include program development, team management, tournament organization, facilities and equipment, and more. This panel will provide valuable information for college administrators, coaches, and students who are interested in building the next powerhouse esports program. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of the key components of a successful collegiate esports program and how they can implement them in their own schools.  

10:35AM - 11:15AM

Incorporating Sustainability into the College Esports Industry

Gaming and esports researcher and Board Member for the Esports Research Network, Dr. Stephanie Orme, shares insights from an ERN collaborative study examining issues about the long-term survival of the esports industry. In this panel, Dr. Orme will share insights derived from workshops with academics and industry workers regarding what they saw as critical issues surrounding esports' sustainability, including health and wellness, business logic, and industry structure. This panel is designed to spark dialogue about practical measures for ensuring the longevity of esports as a career path for our students.

10:35AM - 11:15AM

Esports Innovation- Esports Technology

Technology is constantly evolving and playing an increasingly important role in shaping the future of competitive college esports. This panel will bring together college esports and technology experts, including industry professionals, to discuss how technology impacts the competitive landscape of college esports. In the panel, new companies will be showcased that are helping to power the esports ecosystem, enabling high-quality competitions and changing the way we play and watch.

11:30AM - 12:10AM

Speedrunning Esports Education and Research

Esports and electronic gaming have developed at breakneck speeds in recent years. While there are boundless opportunities, no one is truly served by development activities undertaken with care and forethought. The lead editor and author of "Esports Business Management," who happens to also be the Founding Chief Editor of the "Journal of Electronic Gaming and Esports" talks about how we need to thoughtfully create value in education, activities, and beyond.

11:30AM - 12:10AM

Creator Economy & Twitch Monetization: Opportunities & Challenges for Collegiate Esports

The "Twitch Monetization: Opportunities and Challenges for Collegiate Esports" panel at the College Esports Expo will delve into the topic of monetizing content on Twitch for collegiate esports creators. The panel will feature industry experts who will share their insights on the opportunities and challenges faced by collegiate esports creators when monetizing their content on Twitch. The panel will cover topics such as building a following, maximizing earnings, and navigating the unique challenges of the collegiate esports landscape. This panel will provide valuable insights and practical tips for collegiate esports creators looking to build a successful career in Twitch monetization.

11:30AM - 12:10AM

Coaching for Success in Collegiate Esports

Professional esports coach with Cloud 9 Training Grounds, Kevin Tay, delves into the importance of coaching in the development of esports athletes. From strategy and teamwork to mental conditioning and physical health, coaching plays a vital role in the success of any esports team. This panel will explore how coaches can support and empower esports athletes and provide valuable insights for college students interested in pursuing a career in coaching. Whether you're a player looking to up your game or a coach looking to make a difference, this panel is not to be missed.

12:15pM - 1:00pM

Lunch 

Attendees break for lunch. Please return back by 12:55 pm to resume the conference 

1:00pm - 1:40pm

Esports Wellness: Physical Performance and Conditioning

Video games are often associated with unhealthy snack foods and soft drinks. Mental health is one of the most valuable aspects of human health, and playing video games can take a toll on your mental well-being. Every year at CEX, we strive to bring you the latest and greatest minds working towards tackling one of the most overlooked challenges in esports, health and wellness. This year its Hector Melendez, CSCS from Road to Strength Training. Hector’s philosophy is rooted in increasing human performance while reducing the risk of injury and helping clients stay healthy while progressing you closer to your goals. The way he achieves this is by creating an effective program to make efficiencies in your everyday movement and patterns. Come  the importance and best practices of mental performance and conditioning for esports.

1:00pm - 1:40pm

The Future is Now: How AI is Changing the Landscape of Esports in the College Scene

Artificial intelligence is revolutionizing the esports industry, from improving productivity and increasing business development opportunities to enhancing marketing, social media, and monetization capabilities. In this panel, we'll delve into the ways in which AI is transforming the way we experience and interact with esports, from automated game analysis and player performance tracking to virtual reality and more. Additionally, we'll discuss how AI could help streamline operations, optimize player performance, enhance audience engagement, create new revenue streams, and improve monetization capabilities in the future. Find out how AI is influencing the future of esports and how college students can take advantage of it.

1:50pm - 2:30pm

Creating a Win-Win: Maximizing NIL Monetization for College Esports Athletes and Programs

As college esports continues to grow in popularity and recognition, one of the key topics being debated is how to fairly and effectively monetize the Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) of college esports athletes. This panel will bring together experts in the field of college esports, including administrators, industry professionals, and legal experts, to discuss best practices for maximizing NIL monetization for college esports athletes and programs. The panelists will discuss NIL's challenges and opportunities and provide practical advice and guidance for colleges and universities.

1:50pm - 2:30pm

Esports in Education: Building Curriculums that Foster Growth and Success

During this session, we will discuss how to create esports curriculums that foster growth and success. From developing strong foundational skills to preparing students for careers in the industry, this panel will explore the various ways education can support esports' growth and development. We'll delve into the latest trends and best practices in esports education and provide valuable insights for educators, administrators, and students looking to succeed in this exciting field. Whether you're just starting to incorporate esports into your curriculum or looking to take your program to new heights, this panel can help steer you in the right direction.

2:30pm - 3:00pm

Networking Break 

The networking session at the College Esports Expo 2023 is an opportunity for attendees to connect with industry professionals, college representatives, and fellow gamers. This session will provide a platform for attendees to expand their professional network, learn about job and internship opportunities, and gain insight into the esports industry. Attendees will have the chance to engage in meaningful conversations with experts in the field, exchange business cards, and make valuable connections. 

3:00pm - 3:40pm

Real-World Impact: The Benefits of In-Game Economies and Game-Based Learning for Youth and College Students

Join us for a panel discussion on the real-life benefits and impacts of in-game economies and game-based learning for youth and college students. We'll explore how popular games like Animal Crossing, Roblox, and Fortnite can be used to teach personal finance and money management. Our panel of experts will delve into how these games provide a unique opportunity for children to learn about concepts such as value, trading, and saving, as well as how the process of playing these games can help children develop important life skills like negotiation and critical thinking. With instant feedback and interactive gameplay, video games are quickly becoming a valuable tool for education. Don't miss this enlightening discussion on the future of gaming and education

3:00pm - 3:40pm

From Startup to Domination: The NECC's Journey to the Top of Collegiate Esports

The panel will dive into the incredible success story of the National Esports Collegiate Conference. Founded in 2020, the NECC has quickly become one of the most popular esports leagues in the world, boasting over 390 member schools and seven different esports titles. With an expansion to Canada and a commitment to supporting their member schools, the NECC is poised to reshape the collegiate esports landscape and dominate for years to come. Attendees will hear from conference founders as they share the story of their meteoric rise and the philosophy behind their approach to providing a quality experience for their members. This is a must-attend panel for anyone interested in the future of collegiate esports and the impact of the NECC on the industry.

3:00pm - 3:40pm

Esports Educators Roundtable

The value of esports in education lies in its relevance to students and ability to meet them where they are. For educators to effectively use gaming as a learning tool, it is essential to understand best practices, techniques, and learning objectives. Join us for an open discussion on esports education, led by a group of leading collegiate esports educators

3:50pm - 4:40pm

-Exploring the Competitive Landscape of Collegiate Esports

Collegiate esports is a rapidly evolving field, and the competitive landscape is constantly changing. This panel will bring together experts in the field of college esports, including coaches, administrators, and industry professionals, to discuss the current state of the competitive landscape of collegiate esports. The panel will explore topics such as collegiate esports leagues and conferences, player scheduling, publisher relationships, and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

3:50pm - 4:40pm

Esports Innovation - Leading Companies Driving Esports 

The esports ecosystem is comprised of companies from a range of diversified sectors. CEX is taking you on a mission to Thes companies  of the American companies speed date to share their future trends and new innovations coming to market. Multiple executives present their new emerging technology and demonstrate its impact on the esports market, society, and the industry

4:50pm - 5:25pm

Taking Your Stream to the Next Level: Best Practices for Building a Successful Esports Channel

Live streaming is an essential aspect of the esports industry, and it's crucial to have the right equipment, monetization strategies, and quality shoutcasting, color commentary, and analysis to make your stream stand out. This panel will discuss the best practices for live-streaming esports tournaments, including tips on the equipment you'll need to get started and the most effective ways to monetize your channel. We'll also delve into the importance of having skilled shoutcasters, color commentators, and analysts to enhance the viewing experience and how to make your stream more engaging and interactive. Join us to learn how to take your streaming game to the next level and help drive the growth of esports in the college scene

4:50pm - 5:25pm

College Esports Programs- Where Esports Lives - Athletics or Student Life

Where Esports Lives" panel at the College Esports Expo will delve into the topic of the placement of esports programs within college athletics departments or student life organizations. The discussion will feature experts from both fields, who will share their perspectives and experiences on the benefits and challenges of each approach. This panel will provide valuable insights for college administrators, coaches, and students who are interested in the growth and development of collegiate esports. The panel will explore the impact of these different organizational structures on the success and sustainability of esports programs and the future of esports in higher education.

4:50pm - 5:25pm

 NECC Presents Coaching Meet-Up - 

The "Coaching Meet-Up" at the College Esports Expo is a unique opportunity for coaches, esports directors, players, and industry experts to network and exchange ideas. The session will provide a platform for attendees to connect and build relationships, discuss the latest trends and challenges in collegiate esports, and explore new coaching and training techniques. The Coaching Meet-Up promises to be a lively and engaging event, bringing together some of the brightest minds in the world of collegiate esports

5:35 PM - 6:15 PM

The Future is Now: College VR Esports and the Emerging Virtual Reality Landscape

  Virtual reality (VR) is rapidly becoming a mainstream technology, with applications ranging from gaming and entertainment to education and training. In the world of esports, VR is emerging as a new frontier, offering a fully immersive gaming experience that has the potential to revolutionize the way we compete and spectate. This panel, hosted by the International Virtual Reality League and their team of VR experts, will explore the exciting possibilities of college VR esports and will provide a preview of the first-ever College VR Esports Tournament, which will take place later in the evening. The panel will discuss the current state of VR esports, the challenges and opportunities it presents, and will provide insights into the future of this rapidly evolving technology

5:35 PM - 6:15 PM

Networking 

"Join us for an exciting networking session during the College Esports Expo 2023! This session is designed to connect attendees with industry professionals, fellow gamers, and leaders in the esports community. Whether you're a college student, a professional looking to break into the esports industry, or just a passionate gamer, this is the perfect opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and make valuable contacts. The session will include a mix of structured networking and informal mingling, as well as opportunities for attendees to share their experience and learn from others. Don't miss this chance to expand your network and take your esports career to the next level!"

6:15 PM - 6:20pm

Closing Remarks

Conference chairs make final acknowledgments and close out CEX 2023.

 6:20pm

Dinner Break 

Dinner Break before the Competition - CEX 2023.

7:00pm - 8:30pm

CEX-NECC Competitive Showcase 

Collegiate Esports Competition: PC, Mobile, and VR Esports" at the College Esports Expo 2023 promise to be an exciting and innovative showcase of the best in collegiate esports competition. With the support of the NECC, the College Esports Expo will feature a College Mobile Esports Tournament, a Virtual Reality (VR) Esports Showcase Tournament, and a College Valorant Tournament. These three events will provide a unique opportunity for college students to showcase their skills on a variety of platforms, including PC, mobile, and VR.

The College Mobile Esports Tournament will highlight the growth of mobile esports, offering American college students a chance to compete in this exciting and rapidly growing form of esports. The VR Esports Showcase Tournament will revolutionize how we think about esports as players compete in fully immersive virtual environments using VR technology. The College Valorant Tournament will bring together some of the best college players in the popular Riot Games title, Valorant. The College Esports Expo 2023 promises to be a must-attend event for anyone interested in the future of esports and the growth of collegiate esports competition.

Schedule is Subject to Change - Additional Speakers and Sessions will be added

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