Today we’re thrilled to announce that the Intel FutureGen programme returns and applications for the next cohort are open now! The programme will continue to nurture high achieving student leaders, help develop their skills, and enhance their future careers.
Are you part of the next wave of esports talent?
Like last year, applications are open to all students studying full-time at UK universities, giving you the chance to connect with industry experts, gain knowledge, and take steps towards fully realising your potential.
Ten candidates were chosen to take part in the programme in the 2020/21 academic year, receiving one on one sessions with leaders in the esports and gaming industry, with some sessions also streamed to the wider student community.
After receiving so many high-quality applications last year, we’re pleased to announce that the 2021/22 cohort will be doubled, offering up to 20 spaces!
Also new for the 2021/22 year, we’re introducing the Intel FutureGen buddy system. This system will pair professionals in the esports and gaming space with members of the cohort to provide industry insights over the programme’s duration.
We’ll also be continuing with our programme of impressive industry leaders sharing their expert insight with the cohort, as well as sharing that content with the wider community. Last year’s programme saw a variety of speakers from different areas:
Mark Broom, UK Consumer Client Marketing Specialist, Intel, said: “At Intel, supporting grassroots communities is something we’re committed to. The future of esports is bright and we want to help nurture new talent as much as we can, not just by supporting esports players, but also the aspirations of students and the esport industry professionals that they may become. We’re excited to be working with NSE to make Intel FutureGen even bigger with the expanded cohort, more industry connections through the new buddy system, and offering this content on a wider scale.”
Alex Coulson, Managing Director, NSE, said: “Intel FutureGen is designed for students that are really interested in a career in the esports sector. It provides real-world experience and insight from the best of the business, a brilliant network for the students, and a real stamp of approval for having made it to the programme in the first place. Obviously not everyone in the NSE community is aiming to work in esports but they can still gain from watching the Intel FutureGen content that is shared for all to see.”
Applications for students are now open until Wednesday 17th November. The applicants will be expected to complete four questions, three of which are written and one as a short video. A panel of industry judges, announced in late November, will review a shortlist of applications and select ten finalists.
Intel FutureGen delivers a series of guest speakers from senior industry leaders plus exclusive Q&As, workshops, a new industry buddy system, access to industry events, and much more. Running through the academic year, the programme is delivered across a mix of digital and physical experiences and is a real opportunity and accolade for any aspiring esports industry professional.
For more news on the programme, visit the Intel FutureGen hub for the latest information and announcements.