National Convention Schedule

Session Topics and Descriptions

Note: All NACE Members Only Sessions will be hosted on the NACE Members Convention site. All public events will be held on the NACE National Convention Event site.

Convention Kick-Off

For NACE Members and Non-Members, an introduction and overview of the convention agenda.

Esports In a Covid-19 World (NACE Membership)

Learn about the current issues surrounding the Covid-19 crisis and what our esports programs can do to ensure the safety of our students.

Mentor Session (Prospective Members)

A networking opportunity for interested schools to connect with an experienced Esports Director or Coach to have your questions answered directly.

What You Need To Know: Building an Esports Arena

NACE Institutional Staff and IT personnel share their experience in outfitting an esports arena, including internet, PC’s peripherals, and other helpful information.

Skillshot Media and NACE (Members Only)

NACE Members will be briefed on the partnership with Skillshot and our joint plans for the coming year.

What You Need to Know: Broadcasting in Esports

Learn about Twitch streaming, shoutcasting, and broadcasting.

Diversity and Inclusion (Joint Session)

A panel of diversity experts discuss the issues of inclusivity for minorities and women in collegiate esports, and ways we can create safe and welcoming environments within our organizations.

Networking / Virtual Cocktail Hour

Meet speakers, participants, and attendees using Run The World’s virtual cocktail hour software. Participants will be connected each other through a rotating series of 10 minute 1 on 1 chat sessions. You can then follow up with them to share contact information and schedule additional meetings if you wish.

Day 2 Recap

Rocket League Update (NACE Members Only)

Learn about the upcoming Rocket League season and our new association with Psyonics.

Student Recruitment 101

NACE Coaches and Directors share their experience and tips on how to recruit players for your program.

NACE Legislative Proposals (NACE Members Only)

This year’s legislative proposals will be presented to the membership for discussion.

Esports at a Public Institution 

NACE’s public institutions share their experiences and specific challenges faced by public colleges and universities.

Lunch Break

Intent to Compete / Academic Eligibility Certificate (NACE Members Only)

A breakdown of the Intent to Compete and Academic Eligibility Certificate forms for member institutions.

Academic Programming in Esports (Open)

Institutions with academic majors, minors, and certification programs in esports discuss curriculum and how to establish an academic esports program.

What You Need to Know: High School Esports

An overview of the current state of High School Esports and how it impacts the future for collegiate teams.

Online Professional Development (NACE Members Only)

The NACE National Office unveils its plans for online professional development coming this fall.

Round Tables (Open)

A selection of short, informal presentations on various topics in collegiate esports.

Networking (Open)

A second virtual cocktail session with additional networking opportunities.

Day 2 Recap

2020-21 Competitive Schedule (members only)

Details on the NACE competition events for the 2020-2021 season.

How Does Esports Generate Money? 

A discussion of how college esports programs can monetize to offset costs.

Lunch Break

Esports at a Private Institution

A look at the esports program of one of NACE’s private institutions.

NACE Business Meeting  (NACE Members Only)

Formal debate and voting on proposed NACE Legislation. Election of new Board and Committee members.

NACE National Awards

The first annual NACE National Awards Presentation.

State of the Association

The NACE National Office reviews the accomplishments of the past season and looks forward to the coming year.

Esports Highlights. 

A highlight reel of memorable moments and game play from the past season.