Esports it’s a game changer – Let the experts tell you more
Thursday, March 5 2:15 pm–3:05 pm
TCC - Tahoma 2
What is Esports and how does it tie to the values of K12 education? Can it foster learning and thinking? Find out first hand with a panel of experts that will give you the in’s and out’s of the recent movement and see why this nearly billion dollar activity is creating a wave of college scholarships and opportunities for our students. The panel experts will be able to answer the "why" and give firsthand information as to the benefits of creating a gaming club as well as competitive teams. For those looking to start an Esports program or just want to learn more on how it benefits school and students.
Bubba Gaeddert, Varsity Esports Foundation
Bubba currently is the Executive Director of the Varsity Esports Foundation. This non-profit strives to increase literacy around the Esports industry’s positive impact on healthy lifestyles, mental health, community, STEM and digital citizenship. Bubba has worked in the non-profit and traditional sports industry for 20 years with the YMCA, NCAA, NAIA and the Chamber of Commerce. Two years ago he dove deep into the esports industry and partnered with esports organizations to create the foundation. He now works to educate businesses, organizations, and schools about being proactive around the foundation's initiatives.
Josh Kell, HighSchool.GG
Joshua serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Esports Integration and Horizon AVL System Integration. Joshua designed countless large venue and arena systems, video broadcast studios, and projection / LED wall video displays with precision and expertise. His vast experiences span 15 years in the industry. Joshua’s notable work was mentioned or featured in:
ProSound News Magazine, Front of House Magazine (FOH), and Worship AVL Magazine, Projection Lights and Stage News, and Commercial Integrator.
Joshua leads Horizon AVL System Integration with industry rewards and recognition such as earning Contractor of the Year and Commercial Top Partner with Presonus. The recent completion of Temple University’s Broadcast & News set with an integrated direct view LED wall, was featured in PLSN Magazine. Joshua created set designs for manufacturers at NAMM.
Joshua is part of the 40 under 40 industry influencers for Commercial Integrator for his role in esports for education. He was also recognized by NSCA as business partner of the year for his differentiating strategies for esports in the audio visual industry.
Joshua is the education ambassador for Acer America and the esports program. He was featured in an education piece in USA Today as he leads the charge with esports and the development of the industry.
Joshua’s industry experiences include working with a notable theme park, University of Delaware Esports Arena, and Temple University Broadcast Studio.
In Joshua’s spare time, he enjoys building and restoring MAME arcade consoles with his son.
Josh spent a considerable amount of time trying to convince his wife and daughter that other games exist besides Mario Kart and Pacman.
Favorite Game: Secret of Mana
Tyler Rising, iT1 Source
It is my responsibility to educate our educators on the benefits of technology and trends in technology. As an advocate for computer science, finding new and creative ways to engage students, faculty, and staff makes each day a challenge. Gaming in my downtime is a great way to break up the day and collaborate with my friends and family.