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2022 AGENDA

Sunday, August 21 Wrigley Rooftop, 3617 N Sheffield

 

Directions to The Wrigley Rooftops

12:20 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

 

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM CST

Registration Opens for Check-In Prefunction II, 2nd Floor


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

 
 
 
 
 
 

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CST

ESTA Member Townhall St. Clair Ballroom, 3rd Floor


ESTA Members, we invite you to share your ideas on how ESTA can best serve our industry in 2023.

 

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM CST

Elevator Pitch Check-In
Registration Desk, Prefunction II, 2nd Floor

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 Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor

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.

 

Lewis Johnson
NBC Sports

 
 
 
 

3:25 PM - 3:30 PM CST

Welcome to EsportsNext Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor

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 Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor

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.

Rakia Reynolds
Skai Blue Media

 
 

Kurt Melcher
Intersport

 
 
 

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM CST

Speed Networking Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor

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

 

5:30 PM - 6:00 PM CST

Quick Pitch Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor

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!

 

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM CST

Welcome Networking Reception Lakeshore Ballroom, 3rd Floor

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

 

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CST, Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile, St. Clair 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 Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor

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 Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor

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 Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor

 
 
 

Message from our Title Sponsor:

 
 

Speakers :

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


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM CST

Panel: Scholastic Esports Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor

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)

 

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10:00 AM - 10:45 AM CST

Panel: Impactful Trends Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor

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

 

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10:45 AM - 11:15 AM CST

Networking Break Lakeshore Ballroom, 3rd Floor

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

 

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM CST

Panel: Executing Successful Partnerships Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor

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, St. Clair 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

 

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1:00 PM - 1:45 PM CST

Panel: Gaming for EVERYONE Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor

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
Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor

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 Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor

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. 

 
 
 
 

Judges:

 

Carlos E. Duque
Bailey & Glasser

Laura Burkemper
The Catalyst Center

 
 
 

Jill Williamson
Gravis Law

Rohan Bose
Teknos Associates

 
 
 
 
 

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3:15 PM - 3:45 PM CST

Networking Break Lakeshore Ballroom, 3rd Floor

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

 

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM CST

Panel: How to Fund Our Favorite Activity Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor

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 Lakeshore Ballroom, 3rd Floor

Visit our sponsors and open-play area.

 

4:45 PM - 5:30 PM CST

Panel: Fan Engagement Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor

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 Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor

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 ROOF on theWit, 201 N State St, 27th Floor, Chicago

Join us at one of the finest night clubs in the World, ROOF on theWit 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

 
 
 

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