About Us

The 2022 NACE Convention is a hybrid event (in-person in Kansas City, MO.) and online to accommodate travel needs of all it’s participants. Unique tracks at the 2022 NACE Convention have been built for different types of attendees including members of NACE, non-members of NACE (institutions with esports programs looking to grow their knowledge, institutions exploring starting an esports program, and organizations looking to do business in collegiate esports), and students.

Agenda

All session timings are according to Central Standard Time UTC -6

Agenda

July 20, 2022 09:00 am

Check In

July 20, 2022 10:00 am

NSL in Review

This last academic year marked some major changes in how NACE ran competition. Come and join us for a complete breakdown of everything we saw from competition.

July 20, 2022 11:00 am

Legislation Discussion

First session on legislative proposals that will come up for vote during the NACE Business Meeting.

July 20, 2022 12:00 pm

Lunch

July 20, 2022 01:00 pm

Roundtables

There is so much to learn in esports with many different interests. We have invited experts across a number of subjects in scholastic esports to lead breakout sessions. Feel free to jump around as your interests lead you!

July 20, 2022 02:00 pm

Competitive Platform RFP

NACE shares the results of its open RFP for competitive platforms, learnings from this process, and shares news about upcoming features and tools for coaches and students.

July 20, 2022 03:00 pm

Emerging Esports

NACE made waves in media with it's partnership with NASCAR in introducing sim racing to collegiate esports. This session will do a deep dive into additional partnerships expanding opportunities for gamers of all types. Big reveals here!

July 20, 2022 04:00 pm

Legislation Discussion

Second session on legislative proposals that will come up for vote during the NACE Business Meeting.

July 20, 2022 05:00 pm

Social - Exhibitor Happy Hour

July 21, 2022 09:00 am

Strategic Plan and Review

The NACE Board of Directors conducted a strategic review of the association and launched a new strategic plan. This session will share the plans for NACE for the future and how our members will grow with us.

July 21, 2022 10:00 am

NSL 2022-2023 Competition Schedule / Structure

This session is a deep dive into NSL competition for the next academic year. All things competition, from the schedules, structures, and esports will be shared here. Learn what your next season looks like!

July 21, 2022 11:00 am

High School Esports Forum

High school esports has been rapdily changing over the last year with new partnerships, new organizations, and an ever increasing number of students. Join this session to learn directly from the people leading these high school organizations and understand how your institution can best navigate its waters.

July 21, 2022 12:00 pm

Lunch - Awards Show

July 21, 2022 01:00 pm

Title IX

Title IX is well know in collegiate athletics, but applies to all U.S. colleges and universities. Join this session to learn from our panel of experts to understand how best to position your institution in meeting its obligations.

July 21, 2022 01:00 pm

Student Social

July 21, 2022 02:00 pm

Media Partnerships

NACE will announce a new partnership with one of the most well-known media organizations in the world. This session will share news on the opportunities that will exist for all NACE members and students.

July 21, 2022 03:00 pm

NACE Business Meeting

NACE's fifth voting session for membership with elections and legislation taking place.

July 21, 2022 05:00 pm

Social - Exhibitor Happy Hour

July 20, 2022 07:00 am

Check In

July 20, 2022 09:00 am

What is NACE?

July 20, 2022 10:00 am

Grow your Budget/Grant Writing

Budgets are typically tight in scholastic esports. Learn how you present your case for increased budgets from your administrations, find external resources, and recognize the value your program provides to your institution.

July 20, 2022 11:00 am

Inclusivity within Esports

With digital avatars competing in digital arenas, esports is open to everyone. How best do we make sure to make sure this is accessible and welcoming to all those interested? Join here to learn from our panel of experts.

July 20, 2022 12:00 pm

Lunch

July 20, 2022 01:00 pm

Roundtables

There is so much to learn in esports with many different interests. We have invited experts across a number of subjects in scholastic esports to lead breakout sessions. Feel free to jump around as your interests lead you!

July 20, 2022 02:00 pm

Academic Programming in Esports

Esports is quickly growing as a whole industry with careers sprouting left and right. Join this session to learn how academics are arming students with the right tools to take on their next adventure.

July 20, 2022 03:00 pm

Psychology / Neuroscience of Gaming

This subject has received increased attention over COVID. Join our panelists will share expert findings on how best to monitor and improve the mental strength of your students.

July 20, 2022 04:00 pm

Health and Wellness (Access in Non-Members)

With esports-related injuries and stress on the rise, we want to arm you with all the tools and resources you need to take care of yourself.

July 20, 2022 05:00 pm

Social - Exhibitor Happy Hour

July 21, 2022 09:00 am

Community Engagement

How do you build a fan base and help motivate their participation in a digital world? This panel will share the best ways to accomplish this.

July 21, 2022 10:00 am

Student Leadership Development in Collegiate Esports

Learn from our panelists on the skills needed to best lead students to success as a coach or director from the perspective of educators.

July 21, 2022 11:00 am

International Student Recruitment

International student recruitment is still in its infancy in the U.S. and Canada though students with the academic strength and skill are found worldwide. Learn how best to expand your horizons in the search for the best players.

July 21, 2022 12:00 pm

Lunch - Awards Show

July 21, 2022 01:00 pm

Professional Development for Staff

It takes a lot to have a great team. In higher education this is doubly true. Learn from those who've been doing it well on the skills needed to best run a collegiate esports program to success.

July 21, 2022 01:00 pm

Student Social

July 21, 2022 02:00 pm

Esports at a private and public institutions

Esports is very similar and very different in terms of how it operates, how its funded and the goals set between institutions. No where is this more clear than when looking at the differences between public institutions and private institutions. Join this session to hear from our panel on the strategic differences and opportunities that exist between the two.

July 21, 2022 03:00 pm

Learn about the NACE Mentorship Program (Access in Non-Members)

The mentorship program kicked off in 2021-2022 with a pilot program and has received rave reviews from its participants. Join this session to learn how the program is expanding and how you can join!

July 21, 2022 04:00 pm

Marketing / Advertising

Hear from experts in the field on how best to promote everything collegiate esports.

July 21, 2022 05:00 pm

Social - Exhibitor Happy Hour

July 20, 2022 09:00 am

Check In

July 20, 2022 10:00 am

Student Representative Orientation

Learn about the newest leadership group of NACE, representing the voice of students.

July 20, 2022 11:00 am

Value of Esports After College

You're a gamer and a really good one. But how does that equate to success after college. Learn with our experts how to translate your skills to the real world.

July 20, 2022 12:00 pm

Lunch

July 20, 2022 01:00 pm

Roundtables

There is so much to learn in esports with many different interests. We have invited experts across a number of subjects in scholastic esports to lead breakout sessions. Feel free to jump around as your interests lead you!

July 20, 2022 02:00 pm

Learn about your association, NACE

NACE is big, it's exicting, it's leading the way for collegiate esports. But how does it work and why was it started? Where is NACE going in the future?

July 20, 2022 03:00 pm

Job / Internships Fairs

This subject has received increased attention over COVID. Join our panelists will share expert findings on how best to monitor and improve the mental strength of your students.

July 20, 2022 05:00 pm

Social - Exhibitor Happy Hour

July 21, 2022 09:00 am

NASEF Ambassador Program

Interested in helping build up the next generation of collegiate esports? Our partners at NASEF has a program for you!

July 21, 2022 10:00 am

Mentorship Sessions / Resume and Cover Letter Review

July 21, 2022 11:00 am

Graphic Design & Journalist Workshop

Much has been said about storylines in scholastic esports and the importance in building audiences. Our speakers will share the best guidance on these important issues.

July 21, 2022 12:00 pm

Lunch - Awards Show

July 21, 2022 01:00 pm

Student Representative Voting Session (SR Only)

July 21, 2022 01:00 pm

Student Social

July 21, 2022 05:00 pm

Social - Exhibitor Happy Hour

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! Historically our convention has included individuals from NACE member institutions, non-member institutions, students, businesses, and even just individuals interested in esports. Some sessions are restricted to just NACE members where we are working through legislation and elections but the majority of the convention is open to everyone.
The NACE 2022 National Convention will take place in Kansas City, Missouri, in-person, from July 20-22 at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center:

Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center
2345 McGee Street
Kansas City, MO, 64108

To reserve a room at the Sheraton for the National Convention, please use the link below! Rooms will need to be reserved before June 23rd.

https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1637596990014&key=GRP&app=resvlink
If you are a staff member at a NACE member college or university you should register as a “member.” If you are a college student you should register as a “student.” If you are neither of these, please register as a “non-member.”
We developed tracks for each type of attendee based with the interests of the type of attendee in mind. Members are able to attend all member sessions, all non-member sessions, and all student sessions (unless it’s a restricted committee meeting.) Non-members are able to attend all non-member sessions and all student sessions. Students are able to attend all student sessions and non-member sessions.
Most of the sessions will be recorded for the purposes of streaming to our online attendees as well as giving attendees a chance to catch up on anything they may have missed. We do not record breakout room discussions or individual online conversations. Recorded sessions will only be made available to attendees and not the general public. If you have inquiries about a specific session, please contract info@nacesports.org.
For best experience, we suggest using a desktop or laptop computer and any internet browser such as Chrome, Safari or Firefox. You will need Zoom to participate in conversations or meetings.
Yes, you can access the event via your phones/tablets and other devices as well.