Today we’re thrilled to announce that the Intel FutureGen programme returns next year to continue to nurture high achieving student leaders and help develop their skills and enhance future careers.
Like last year, applications will be open to all students studying full-time at UK universities and gives the chance for the next wave of esports talents to connect with industry experts, gain knowledge and take steps towards fully realising their potential.
As the 2020 Intel FutureGen programme was interrupted by COVID-19, much of the programme was moved online which will be continued next year. Six online sessions with industry leaders will be broadcast on Twitch and will be available to everyone who wishes to participate, regardless of their application to Intel FutureGen. These broadcasts will allow students to directly ask questions and learn from the speakers.
The 10 successful candidates selected that will make up the 2021 Intel FutureGen cohort will receive private online sessions along with the 2020 cohort as they were unable to take part in a portion of the programme due to COVID-19 disruptions.
“After the success of last year’s programme, we are thrilled that Intel continues to partner with NSE on FutureGen. NSE’s mission is to encourage students to reach their full potential and an initiative like Intel FutureGen is a great tool to help them gain experience and insights into the industry.”
- Jon Tilbury, Managing Director of NSE
“Intel remains committed to the future of esports and nurturing new talent. With Intel FutureGen, we're able to not only support esports players, but also the aspirations of young people across the broader esports industry. As we look to 2021, we're excited to be working with NSE to make Intel FutureGen even bigger and better and look forward to welcoming back the class of 2020 too.”
- Mark Walton, EMEA Technology and Gaming Comms Manager
Over the duration of this year’s programme, a variety of speakers from different areas of industry provided viewers with an insight into the many roles within esports; Grant Rousseau (Head of Operations at Excel Exports), Frankie Ward (Esports host, presenter & streamer), Will Lowther (Head of Business Development at Splash Damage), James Dean (CEO of ESL UK) and Charlie Allen (ESL’s Director of Global Partnerships). We’ll be announcing the speakers for next year’s programme in the new year.
Applications for students are now open until Sunday 17th January. 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, to be announced in January, will review a shortlist of applications and select ten finalists.
“The Intel FutureGen programme offered a real range of opportunities not just to me but to all my peers who were lucky enough to get selected. Even through lockdown, we were provided eye-opening experiences where we were introduced to new valuable concepts and learnings. I'm really grateful for my place on the programme and I know it'll continue to benefit me as I look to advance my career.”
- Jack Fenton, Intel FutureGen 2020 Cohort
For more news on the programme, visit the Intel FutureGen hub for the latest information and announcements.