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Esports is Upgrading
Everyone has heard the term “esports” lately, but do you know what it entails? In this session we’ll be chatting about the what, why, who and how of esports, plus give you steps to get started, directly from Lenovo’s Senior Global Esports and CTE Manger, Jeff Palumbo. As an added bonus, he will be bringing along Higher Education guests to share the stage to hear their stories and answer your questions!

Attend to learn:
• Why top-ranked institutions are adding esports to their lineups
• Quick first steps to launching a program
• Industry trends on esports programming

We’ll be hearing from industry experts: (for full bios, see below)
Jeff Palumbo, Senior Global Esports and CTE Manager, Lenovo
Lee Hyde, Director of ITS ResNET, Co-Director of the Carolina Esports Program, UNC-Chapel Hill
Victor Gomez, Adjunct Professor, Stillman School of Business, Manager, Seton Hall University Esports, Seton Hall University
Moderator - Kevin Hogan, eSchool News, Editor-at-Large

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Jeff Palumbo
Senior Global Esports and CTE Manager @Lenovo
Jeff Palumbo is the Senior Global Esports and CTE Solutions Manager for Lenovo. He brings over a decade of experience in the gaming industry. He is the lead designer for Lenovo’s “CTE Classroom,” a program that was co-created with professionals from well-known brands that provide educators with complete access to a CTE curriculum. Through CTE Classroom, students can take part in real-world hands-on projects that professionals work on. Most recently, Jeff has focused on esports in education, helping schools build successful esports programming.
Lee Hyde
Director of ITS ResNET, Co-Director of the Carolina Esports Program @UNC-Chapel Hill
Lee Hyde is the Director of ITS ResNET at UNC Chapel Hill and the Co-Director of the Carolina Esports program. While he has over 14 years of experience working in higher education and technology, his experience with esports grew out of student demand in 2018. Lee led the design, construction and operation of the Carolina Gaming Arena where varsity players can practice and compete while also attracting a larger community among UNC’s student body. Today Lee manages the campus and private partnerships helping to drive the growth of the program as they build out their varsity teams.
Victor Gomez
Adjunct Professor, Stillman School of Business, Manager, Seton Hall University Esports @Seton Hall University
Victor Gomez, Adjunct Professor, Stillman School of Business and Manager, Seton Hall University Esports at Seton Hall University, has been instrumental to the founding, creation, and growth of the University’s esports program. An accomplished alumnus of Seton Hall, Victor has been at the forefront of the university’s esports endeavors since 2013 – the same year that the United States officially recognized esports players as professional athletes. His expertise in the field has been integral to the program and its continued success. Victor currently also serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Stillman School of Business and on the Electronic Gaming Federation’s Collegiate Division (EGFC) Board of Governors leading their impact committee.
Moderator - Kevin Hogan
eCampus News, Editor-at-Large
Kevin is an acclaimed writer, editor, and commentator covering the intersection of society and technology, especially education technology.