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2022 AGENDA

Sunday, August 21 Wrigley Rooftop, 3617 N Sheffield

Directions to Wrigley Rooftops

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM CST (Game Begins: 1:20 PM CST)

Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers @ Wrigley Rooftops

Stadium tickets are not the same as rooftop tickets. For those who want a more social atmosphere during a Cubs game, including all-inclusive food and drinks, then this is the right place for you. Enjoy one of the many social areas, which include an air-conditioned bar, open-air shaded seating, stadium seats for watching the game, and a sundeck with wonderful views of the city. It's an opportunity you won't want to miss out on.

Location: Wrigley Rooftop - 3617 N Sheffield

Tickets are not guaranteed and are on a first come first serve basis, limited tickets are available. Last day to buy a ticket is August 14, 2022.

Frequently Asked Questions:

For those that purchase a Cubs Game Rooftop Event ticket, you will be placed on the guest list at the Wrigley Rooftop - 3617 N Sheffield venue. Must bring your photo ID to enter the rooftop.

Monday, August 22, 2022 Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile, Grand Ballroom

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM CST

Registration Opens for Check-In

Come pick up your welcome packet/gear and learn about things to do around Chicago!

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CST

Advisory Board Meeting

INVITE ONLY! Join us for the first-ever live ESTA Advisory Board Meeting. We'll be talking about the goals set forth for ESTA and the industry overall, as well as the different topics laid out by our industry leaders that will impact the overall esports industry.

Not a part of our ESTA Advisory Board? Join us today to be part of this exclusive meeting.

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM CST

Elevator Pitch Check-In

Come check in and learn more about the Elevator Pitch Competition pre-events such as the Quick Pitch and Pitch class.

3:20 PM - 3:25 PM CST

Master Of Ceremonies

Lewis Johnson returns as masters of ceremonies for the second year. He recently celebrated 25 years in the television business, most notably as an Olympic Commentator and Sports Reporter. He is one of few sports broadcasters to have worked for all three major networks, which include college football and basketball for ABC, Notre Dame Football on NBC, and March Madness for CBS.

MC:

Lewis Johnson
NBC Sports

3:25 PM - 3:30 PM CST

Welcome to EsportsNext

Our Board Chair, John Davidson, ESTA Founder and Managing Director, Megan Van Petten, welcome our attendees, panelists, and sponsors to the 2-day conference, as we embark on the journey to get the latest news on the topics covered in the event, participate in various networking sessions, and listen to chosen contenders present their business ideas in our Elevator Pitch competition.

John Davidson
Esports Trade Association

Megan Van Petten
Esports Trade Association

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM CST

Panel: Esports Executives

Leaders from a variety of verticals in the esports space share their individual perspectives on our industry's opportunities, challenges, and predictions for 2023 trends.

Moderator:

Sandra L. Richards
Managing Director
Head of Global Sports & Entertainment and
Segment Sales & Engagement


Speakers:

Jonathan Anastas
Alpha Esports Tech Inc.

John Fazio
Nerd Street

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM CST

Speed Networking

Identify and connect with potential clients and partners for your business.

5:30 PM - 6:00 PM CST

Quick Pitch

Are you signed up for the ESTA Elevator Pitch Competition? This is the perfect opportunity to highlight your idea in front of a live audience. One lucky wild card winner will be chosen to present on Tuesday's competition!

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM CST

Welcome Networking Reception

Join your fellow attendees and exhibitors for cocktails and hot & cold hors d'oeuvre on a night your won’t forget! Come network with the esports community all while enjoying some delicious light appetizers and beverages.

James Hess
Encore

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Tuesday, August 23, 2022 Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile, Grand Ballroom

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CST, Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile, Lakeshore Ballroom, 3rd Floor

Networking Breakfast Hour

Enjoy light breakfast and networking as we launch the Conference.

8:55 AM - 9:00 AM CST

Master Of Ceremonies

Lewis Johnson returns as masters of ceremonies for the second year. He recently celebrated 25 years in the television business, most notably as an Olympic Commentator and Sports Reporter. He is one of few sports broadcasters to have worked for all three major networks, which include college football and basketball for ABC, Notre Dame Football on NBC, and March Madness for CBS.

MC:

Lewis Johnson
NBC Sports

9:00 AM - 9:05 AM CST

EsportsNext Day 2 Introductions

Our Board Chair, John Davidson, ESTA Founder and Managing Director, Megan Van Petten welcome our attendees, panelists, and sponsors to the Day 2 of EsportsNext.

John Davidson
Esports Trade Association

Megan Van Petten
Esports Trade Association

9:05 AM - 9:15 AM CST

Message from our Title Sponsor:

Speakers (TBA):

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM CST

Panel: Scholastic Esports

Esports professionals across the educational ecosystem with different backgrounds share the opportunities and challenges they experience as they cultivate competitive and engaging esports programs on campuses and schools across the country. We will cover briefly how esports has evolved and where we all see it going in the upcoming years.

Moderator:

Jeff Palumbo
Lenovo

Speakers:

Katrina Adkins
SHI International Corp.

Gerald Solomon
North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF)

Michael Brooks
National Association of Collegiate Esports

Jorrel Batac
North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF)

Powered Up By:

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM CST

Panel: Impactful Trends

Analysts share significant trends measured through 2022 and insights on what you need to know for 2023.

Moderator:

Alex Kerr
Trajektory

Speakers:

Alexis Prousis
Blinkfire Analytics, Inc.

Joshua Wong
JEGI CLARITY

Terence Burke
Kidsay

Roger Payne
YouGov

Powered Up By:

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM CST

Networking Break

Visit our sponsors while enjoying some hot and cool beverages.

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM CST

Panel: Executing Successful Partnerships

Leaders from teams, leagues, and brands share the strategies they have employed to effectively engage the esports audience to create fans and increase ROI.

Moderator:

Vinny Minichiello
Zero Code

Speakers:

Rebecca Longawa
Happy Warrior 

Justin Varghese
Panda

Charles O'Donnell
CSL Esports

Joe Cox
The Pop-Marketer

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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST, Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile, Lakeshore Ballroom, 3rd Floor

Networking Lunch & Awards Presentation

Enjoy some food and more networking during our lunch break, a short presentation from our sponsor Lightware Visual Engineering and an awards presentation for our Member of the Year and Game Changer awards.

Jason Tirado 
Lightware Visual Engineering

Mike Ellsworth
Lightware Visual Engineering

Hosted By:

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM CST

Panel: Gaming for EVERYONE

How to identify, support and advocate for the underrepresented groups in esports.

Moderator:

Verta Maloney
the*gameHERs

Speakers:

Jean Marie Richardson
iFOLIO

Ryan Johnson
Cxmmunity

Sonja Stills
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Lindsay Poss
Holodeck Media

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1:45 PM - 2:15 PM CST

Fireside Chat

President & CEO of The Production Network, Allison DeLeone and Co-Founder and CEO of Odyssey, Reid SantaBarbara, share their innovative new platform which is enabling experiences for brands and their audiences in the metaverse.

Speakers:

Allison DeLeone
The Production Network

Reid SantaBarbara
Odyssey 

Hosted By:
John Davidson
Esports Trade Association

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM CST

Elevator Pitch Competition

Do you have an innovative idea, product, service, or social enterprise solution? Do you believe it could be the basis for a successful new start-up in the esports community? Then the ESTA Elevator Pitch Competition is the perfect opportunity to submit your idea for the chance to present it to a crowd of industry professionals. Open to ESTA members and conference attendees only. 

Hosted By:

Sharon Gill
Esports Trade Association

Judges:

Carlos E. Duque
Bailey & Glasser

Chris Gronkowski
IceShaker

Jill Williamson
Gravis Law

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3:15 PM - 3:45 PM CST

Networking Break

Visit our sponsors while enjoying some hot and cool beverages.

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM CST

Panel: How to Fund Our Favorite Activity

Experts dig into ideas and tactics throughout the esports space to identify opportunities for teams and leagues to operate with financial success.

Moderator: 

Jake Hicks
The Law of Esports

Speakers:

Cory Hollingsworth
ARterra

Brian Wilneff
Alpha Metaverse Technologies Inc.

Grant Paranjape 
Washington Justice

Claire Kaido
OS NYC and The Emerge Talent Collective

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4:30 PM - 4:45 PM CST

Networking Break

Visit our sponsors and open-play area while enjoying some hot and cool beverages.

4:45 PM - 5:30 PM CST

Panel: Fan Engagement

Regulators discuss how this nuanced facet of the esports industry is developing and how to interact responsibly.

Moderator: 

Anthony Gaud
Gaud-Hammer Gaming Group

Speakers:

Ari Fox
Gameacon LLC and the Casino Esport Conference 

Adam Weinstein
ThriveFantasy

Charles Conroy
Unikrn @ Entain 

Eric Weiss
Technical Compliance

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5:30 PM - 5:45 PM CST

Elevator Pitch Winner Announcement

The long-awaited Elevator Pitch winner will be announced here! Don’t miss out on this exciting announcement celebrating only the best of the best in esports.

Directions to The Wit

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM CST

ESTA Happy Hour

Join us at one of the finest night clubs in the World, ROOF on The Wit for Happy Hour, as we come together in discussion to share a beverage and stories about you, your experience with our conference, share highlights, ask questions. Take advantage of the opportunity to network, meet your fellow attendees and speakers, discuss the panels you have viewed, and find out more about ESTA! 

Scott Greenberg
Surge

Hosted By:

Wednesday, August 24, 2022 Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile, Grand Ballroom

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CST

Networking Breakfast Hour

Enjoy light breakfast and networking as we come to a close of the EsportsNext 2022 conference.