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Electrify! Esports, Education, Innovation

August 20, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm


In partnership with LG, SHI, Intel, UGC and Logitech, join Illinois Tech Esports and the Kaplan Institute for a day filled with immersive technologies, esports competitions and networking opportunities.

Esports sits at the intersection of education, entrepreneurship, and innovation. The event will be open to stakeholders from the Chicagoland area in the esports ecosystem connected to entrepreneurship, technology and education. Kids and families are welcome.

Programming will take place from 3–9 p.m., including a keynote address, discussions about esports, gaming, immersive technologies, and the upcoming Surge esports venue. There will also be networking opportunities and featured talks and booths that will provide assistance for those who are looking to start an esports program. The event will finish with a “stay and play”, which will include an esports tournament and open play area. The games that will be featured include Beat Saber, Minecraft, and Smash Brothers, among others. Prizes will be awarded.

Sponsors for the event include Illinois Tech, SHI, LG, UGC, Intel, Logitech, and Columbia College Chicago.

Faculty from Illinois Tech and Columbia College Chicago are also invited to a pre-event luncheon and roundtable discussion around research opportunities in the esports and digital arts space.

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Kaplan Institute
3137 South Federal Street Chicago, IL 60616
Chicago, IL 60616
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