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FETC Partners with Esports Association to Introduce Esports Sessions for 2020

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The National Future of Education Technology® Conference (FETC®) today announced a program partnership with the National Association of Esports Coaches and Directors (NAECAD) that will bring professional development content covering esports programs to FETC 2020. The sessions are part of the conference’s Future of Ed Tech Administrator track and are designed to give leaders an understanding of how to create, finance and manage successful esports teams and programs in their schools.

NAECAD is the primary professional organization for competitive esports coaches and directors at all levels of competitive play, including club, high school, college and professional. 

Sessions on Wednesday, January 15

Sessions on Thursday, January 16

Sessions on Friday, January 17

  • Esports Leadership, Vision, and Program Development Panel Discussion―This panel will feature Chris Aviles, Mark Deppe, Kurt Melcher, Jason Bauer and Dana Hustedt, and will take a deep dive into topics such as creating campus interest and developing a proposal to add an esports program, developing a budget, hiring a coaching staff, and much more.
  • Esports Case Studies: The Good, the Great, the Challenges―This session, presented by Chris Aviles and Steve Isaacs, will describe the evolution of esports at two different schools; lessons learned about what it takes to develop, grow and manage a program; and the “gotchas” and “wish-we’d-have-knowns” from experience with esports.

In addition to the esports session content at FETC 2020, the conference’s Expo Hall will feature FETC’s first-ever Esports Arena, powered by CDW-G. The interactive arena will provide attendees an opportunity to engage in live game play and discover the types of equipment and furniture available to create high-quality esports facilities. They will also have opportunities to attend presentations and participate in demonstrations throughout the conference. 

FETC 2020 will take place from January 14-17 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami, Fla.  The conference will feature keynotes by Daniel Pink and Justin Shaifer, along with the return of the popular TechSHARE LIVE!, presented by Adam Bellow, Hall Davidson, Leslie Fisher and Kathy Schrock. For additional information and to register, educators and administrators can visit fetc.org/register or call toll-free 1-800-727-1227.  Attendees are encouraged to register before December 7, 2019, to save up to $100 by securing the Early Bird rate.