Today we’re pleased to announce we’re opening the application process for the 2020 Intel FutureGen programme. Applications will close Monday 4th of November at 18:00 GMT. A panel of industry judges will then review all submissions before winners are announced at the start of December.
We’re looking for ten exceptional future leaders to be part of the inaugural Intel FutureGen cohort. The chosen ten will attend three development events in the second half of the academic year where they’ll have unparalleled access to senior figures across the games industry and beyond.
The first event will take place at NSE’s Office in central London. The cohort will meet with leaders across a broad range of disciplines working in the esports industry including lawyers, accountants, developers, and more.
The second event will take place at Intel UK’s Head Office in Swindon where the cohort will meet with senior Intel staff and learn what it takes to make it at one of the world’s most innovative businesses.
Finally, the cohort will attend an ESL live event where they’ll peak behind the curtain to see how a diverse team of specialists unite to deliver a major project.
We’ll release more information closer to the date of each event. Participants will receive funding towards travel costs.
Who should apply?
The programme is open to students studying full-time at UK universities, and is not restricted to those playing in NSE.
You don’t need to be an aspiring esports team manager or tournament organiser. The judges are looking for future leaders that will find the programme valuable regardless the discipline or industry they find themselves working in.
The body of the application consists of four questions. Three should be completed in text form, and one requires a short self-shot video submission.
If you want to apply you’ll first be asked to provide a case study demonstrating a situation in which you feel you displayed strong leadership skills. This could be, for example, a society event you helped organise, and doesn’t need to be esports specific.
You’ll then be asked to write about your biggest personal learning of the last twelve months and a leader that inspires you. Again, there’s no restriction on what you can talk about. Here the judges will be looking for candidates that demonstrate they’re able to make the most of development opportunities.
Finally, you’ll need to record and share a short video of yourself talking about why you’re applying to the programme and what you’d like to get out of it.
At the end of November, a panel of industry judges will review a shortlist of applications and winners will be notified.
For news about the programme, visit the Intel FutureGen hub.