What’s the Story with eSports?

Event Details

  • Date:
    • September 14, 2022 - September 14, 2022
  • Presenter Name:
    • Multi-Presenters
  • Registration Deadline:
    • September 14, 2022
  • Start / End Time:
    • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM (EST)
  • Onsite Registration:
    • 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM (EST)
  • PGP Points:
    • 2
  • ESC Member Price:
    • Free
  • Non Member Price:
    • Free
  • Facilitator:
  • Location:
Event Cancellation Policy
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Join us for an extended Lunch & Learn to hear the story of eSports from cover to cover as we explore topics that will expand your understanding on student academic and personal growth, the start of a successful club or team, outfitting your team with hardware/software and the college & career opportunities.


10:30 – 11:00

Joe Wilhelm is the founding director of eSports at Snider High School in Ft. Wayne, where he is also a physics teacher and technology coordinator.  He is also on the board of directors for Indiana Esports Network, a non-profit organization of educators and school personnel providing free, organized eSports leagues and activities for schools across the state.  Joe is passionate about the opportunities eSports presents to encourage and engage students who often aren’t served by traditional sports and extracurricular activities.  He will present information on what eSports is, why it is important in schools, and how you can get started with a program.

11:00 – 11:30

Tim McRoberts, serving his 7th year as Associate Executive Director for IASP (Indiana Association of School Principals) will reveal the eSports Program being launched Fall 2022 and the details of the platform.  With 22 years of school administrator experience prior to his time serving at IASP, Tim will explain the vision IASP has for eSports and the impact on student life.

11:30 – 12:15

In this session Bytespeed’s Esports and VR Solutions Director, Josh Knutson, will outline and examine the best practices for building a space for your eSports program. We will cover what hardware to consider, how to repurpose existing resources, and answer common questions about where to start and how to expand a multipurpose eSports facility. We will also review a number of funding sources for those whose main barrier to entry is the funding to get an eSports facility off the ground.

12:15 – 12:45 Lunch & Roundtable Discussion

12:45 – 1:30

Wrap up the story with Patrick Ridout,  Trine University eSports Assistant Director & Professor who will take the time to discuss their eSports program and the impacts it has on student participants with college scholarships, career paths and employment opportunities within the rising world-wide industry.


Target Audience:

  • High School Principals
  • Superintendents
  • Technology Directors
  • Educational Staff with eSports interests


Event Cancellation Policy

NIESC Cancellation Policy

Registrants who notify NIESC of their cancellation on or before the registration deadline date will not be required to pay the registration fee.

  • Registrants who cancel after the registration deadline but one week before the workshop date or call to cancel on the day of the workshop, will pay 50% of the registration fee.
  • Registrants who neglect to call or notify NIESC of their cancellation will be responsible for paying the full registration fee.
  • On official school corporation weather-related cancellation days, registrants will not be required to pay registration fees