UCI Esports Conference in Collaboration with NASEF and the National Academy of Engineering

The Connected Learning Lab and Esports department at the University of California, Irvine are excited to work in close collaboration with the North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for their third annual Esports Conference (ESC) on October 8-9, 2020.

As professional and collegiate esports have garnered much attention over the past five years, high school and middle school educators are now actively building esports into curricular and extracurricular spaces. Through the addition of a scholastic track, NASEF and NAE will help them dive deeper into what’s happening in the K-12 world, both nationally and internationally.

Who Should Attend?

All NASEF Affiliates, Fellows, General Managers, Club Leaders, Administrators, Scholastic Esports Educators, International Partners,and more although our tracks will focus on scholastic esports middle and high school.

Conference Information

October 8-9, 2020 | Virtual Conference 

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Registration Information

Adult General Pass: $99
Student General Pass: $15

Passes include:

  • Active participation in live presentations
  • Entry to all keynote talks
  • Access to Research & Collegiate and all NASEF Middle and High School tracks
  • Expert-led sessions
  • Access to recorded conference content
  • Crafted networking with private breakout rooms
  • Gaming activities (tournaments, pick-up games)
  • Digital loot box
  • More features TBA!

Have a scholastic esports program, model or success story that you would like to share with your peers at the UCI Esports Conference? Submit a session proposal today! 

The deadline to submit your session proposal is 5:00pm PDT | 8:00pm EDT on Friday, July 31, 2020.

NASEF hopes to provide its Affiliates, Fellows, General Managers, Club Leaders, Administrators, Scholastic Esports Educators International Partners, and others in the scholastic esports field to network, share best practices, and collaborate on ways to further engage your students through esports clubs and curricula. We see the NASEF sessions as an opportunity to highlight topics pertaining to the intersection of learning and esports for middle and high school students. This your opportunity to share your expertise and/or partner with educator colleagues.

The NASEF team is looking for sessions that:

  • Showcase programs, competitions, curricula, clubs, etc. that promote scholastic esports. 
  • Highlight strategies to increase opportunities for students to engage in scholastic esports.
  • Focus on models that engage all students in different learning environments.
  • Center on providing opportunities that build community among students and prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion. 
  • Review programs or models that can be replicated in other clubs, schools or community-based organizations.

Why Submit a Session Proposal?

  • Be a scholastic esports leader for your school and community.
  • Meet other presenters, esports researchers and academics, esports companies, and attendees from around the globe.
  • All accepted presenters will receive free admission to the conference.

Submit your Session Proposal


  • Call for Proposal Info Session: 10:00am PDT | 1:00pm EDT on Wednesday, July 22, 2020.
  • Call for Proposal closes: July 31, 2020 @ 5:00pm PDT | 8:00pm EDT
  • Session applicants notified: Wednesday, August 12, 2020
  • Session presenters preparatory session: TBD
  • All presenters bios, session description, presentation slides and handouts due: TBD
  • Conference Day 1: Thursday, October 8, 2020
  • Conference Day 2: Friday, October 9, 2020


The conference will be virtual, so we are looking for proposals that consider the limitations while simultaneously looking at the innovation that a virtual conference allows its presenters and participants. How can you allow for discussion? What does networking look like? Can you create an environment that promotes reflection?

Preference will be given to proposals that include other NASEF members. You are encouraged to reach out through Discord, Twitter or email to other General Managers, Administrators, Fellows, Affiliates, etc. to see if potential collaboration is possible.

Be creative and bold! Take a new approach to presenting your information via a virtual learning/participation.

Rubric Information

The NASEF team will review each session proposal using the following rubric:

  • The learning goals for the proposed session will be valuable to attendees.
  • The proposed session includes tools or advice available for immediate implementation and replication.
  • The proposed session includes approaches, systems, or initiatives that impact under-resourced/ -represented groups, cultural responsiveness, and/or learning inequities.
  • Speakers and panelists are appropriate for the proposed session (represent multiple perspectives and speakers represent more than one school or community-based organization).
  • The proposed format provides opportunity to network and build community among attendees.
  • The proposed session actively involves attendees in a manner appropriate to the session format and content.