2020 CEX SCHEDULE

*Panel topics, times, locations, and panelists subject to change* 

09:00AM - 09:15AM

Door Opens

Welcome Event

Welcome to CEX 2020! Vendor space is open for business. Quick networking time.

09:30AM - 09:45AM 

Opening Remarks

Ethan Schwartz 

College Esports Expo Kickoff from the Student Chairman.

09:45AM - 10:25AM

Introduction to Esports Curriculum

Christina Alejandre, Michael Cameron, Jason Chung 

This panel highlights the foundations of esports education and curriculum development from leading esports education professors.

09:45AM - 10:25AM

Gaming Centers and Tech Infrastructure

Kevin Zhu, Tim Schneider 

Gaming center operators and tech experts discuss venue operations, infrastructure, and programming practices.

09:45AM - 10:25AM

Esports Wellness: Mental Performance and Conditioning

Landon DuMar, Josh B. Rader

Experts discuss the importance and best practices of mental performance and conditioning for esports.

09:45AM - 10:25AM

Life of a Big 10 Esports Program Director

Michael Fay, David Kirk 

Accomplished esports coach, program manager, event operator, academic, and researcher chronicles his experience coaching, educating, program building, and operating tournaments from the University of Akron to Rutgers University.

10:35AM - 11:15AM

Scholastic Esports Curriculum for High Schools

Dr. Kristy Custer, Michael Russell, Connor Alne

High school educators share insight on their creation of esports focused curriculum, learning objectives, and best practices.  

10:35AM - 11:15AM

Teaching Twitch: Livestreaming in the Classroom

Stephanie Orme, Kevin Hoang

Stephanie Orme shares her experiences with developing and teaching an innovative esports live-streaming undergraduate course, and Kevin Hoang from Twitch Student discusses how Twitch can transform classroom learning.

10:35AM - 11:15AM

Making of a Division I Esports Program

Nick Avery, Tyler Levesque

Northeastern University Athletics and esports departments discuss the pathway and process of creating a Division I Esports Program.

11:30AM - 12:10AM

Fostering Inclusion in Scholastic Esports Clubs

Johanna Brewer

As formal esports programs emerge on campuses across the country, it is essential that educators are adequately prepared to maintain the academic integrity of the clubs and teams they advise. AnyKey will offer two tailored training sessions to equip attendees for this challenge.

11:30AM - 12:10AM

College Sports Management Group: ECAC & NJCAA Esports Conferences

Tyrelle Appleton, Jeff White, Dan Coonan, Thomas O'Keefe

Collegiate Sports Management Group executives confer about helping the ECAC and the NJCAA build competitive esports conferences.

11:30AM - 12:10AM

Esports Coaching Panel - Strategies and Techniques of Building Esports Teams

Nicholas Shifty Travis, Ricco Phinisee, Michael Wisnios

Join esports coaching professionals as they review coaching strategies and techniques used to optimize their competitive esports programs. 

11:30AM - 12:10AM

Communities - How to Get People to Be Champions of Your Program

Yentl Ip, Katherine Amoukhteh

Join IBuyPower and Esports College & Career Pathways as they go over their success stories on how to get the right people to be involved in creating esports programs.

12:15pM - 1:00pM

Lunch and Keynote Presentation

Kurt Melcher

Lunches will be served to all attendees. Special keynote presentation from Kurt Melcher, the Executive Director of Esports for Intersport, Strategic Advisor to the NCAA for Esports and Founder of Robert Morris University's Esports Program.

1:00pM - 1:40pM

Innovative Esports Curriculum

Charles Palmer, Michael Cassens, Neil Malvone 

Three leading esports professors discuss groundbreaking new esports curriculum that is shifting new paradigms.

1:00pm - 1:40pm

Advanced Technology - Leading Technology Driving Esports

George Yang, Shawn Smith, Alex Mcneil, LTC Barbina

Executives discuss emerging technology and its impact on the future of society, esports, and Gen Z.

1:00pm - 1:40pm

Building Community Through Intramural Play - Full Sail Armada

Bennett Newsome, Jameson Durall

Esports administration professionals walk attendees through the building of Full Sail university's internal esports intramural system, which allows everyone from Faculty/Staff and Students (Online and Campus) to compete in leagues.

1:00pm - 1:40pm

Esports and AI

Randy Stude, Jesse Zhang, Jason Shen

Executives discuss the intersection between esports and artificial intelligence.

1:50pm - 2:30pm

High School Esports Programs - State of the Union

Jadd Schmeltzer, Mason Mullenioux 

America's most explosive area of growth in esports is in the high school market. 

1:50pm - 2:30pm

College Esports Events

Christian Kunkel, Taryn Cahill, Tyler Schrodt, Ross Magnant 

Executives preview artificial intelligence-driven services currently reshaping the esports market.

1:50pm - 2:30pm

College Esports Governance

Kurt Melcher, Billy Sprout 

Governance is front and center as new colleges enter the arena, Power 5 institutions begin to launch programs and new regulatory challenges emerge related to athletes and compensation. Experts deep dive on these topics. 

1:50pm - 2:30pm

Career Insights with eFuse

Matthew Benson, Patrick Klein

Esports executives highlight new career development platforms and discovery methods.

2:30pm - 3:00pm

Networking Break 

Refreshments will be served

Half hour break to enjoy refreshments and network.

2:30PM - 3:00PM

College Esports Media - The Summoning Hour - Collegiate Esports Podcast

Joe "Warlock Rakaul" Belousek 

Inside America's number one collegiate esports podcast.

3:00pm - 3:40pm

CSL: The Next Decade – Elevating Collegiate Esports: Building Careers in Esports

Wim Stocks

CEO Wim Stocks shares updates and developments for America's oldest collegiate organization: Collegiate StarLeague 

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Coaching Meet-Up

All Guests Welcome - Martin Schelasin, Luis Laca

Coaches and program managers convene for Q&A and networking.

3:00pm - 3:40pm

Curriculum Building Workshop for Fostering Inclusion and Diversity

Johanna Brewer 

This workshop will equip attendees with the necessary skills and practical resources to manage their campus esports programs in a way that prioritizes student well-being and development.

3:00pm - 3:40pm

Tespa Alumni Panel

Yugina Yun, Billy Sprout, Kevin Hoang, Carlin Au

Executive Panel of discussing their transition from undergraduates students in Blizzard Games college program TESPA to their current positions in the esports industry.

3:50pm - 4:40pm

Making of FaZe Clan 

Clinton Sparks, Phil Gordon

The Vice President of Business Development of the world's most popular esports team and lifestyle brand, Faze Clan, discuss the trials and tribulations in staying on top of the esports ecosystem.

3:50pm - 4:40pm

Competitive Esports Programs

Chris Buckner, Eric Johnson, Stuart Goldfarb 

Executives review the present state of competitive programs and their perspectives on the opportunities and challenges of operating in 2020. 

3:50pm - 4:40pm

Esports Educators Roundtable

Stephanie Orme

Join us for an open forum where we ask and answer each other's esports education questions, facilitated

by Dr. Stephanie Orme.

3:50pm - 4:40pm

Player Technology Meetup

Chris Buckner, Shawn Smith, Jesse Zhang, Jason Shen

Join us to talk about how technology is improving player performance.

4:45pm - 4:55pm

Closing Remarks 

 Ethan Schwartz, Dawson Golove, Rick Menasce, Kevin Mitchell

Conference chairs make final acknowledgements and close out CEX 2020.

5:00pm - 6:00pm

Networking and What's Your Warrior Gaming Tournament

All Panelists, Attendees, Partners, & Gamers welcome!

The ultimate end of day networking forum for administrators, educators, and esports industry executives. College and High School esports players face off in the US Army sponsored "What's Your Warrior" Tournament with prizes for the top high school and esports players in Smash, League of Legends and Overwatch, 

Boston Park Plaza Hotel

50 Park Plaza

Boston, MA 02116

About CEX

What started as a student organization and think tank has evolved into a multifaced conference, focused on educating others on how to traverse

the ever expanding esports ecosystem.

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