Monday, July 8 at 9 AM - Friday, July 12 at 7 PM
UCI Esports Arena
G205 C Student Center, Irvine, CA 92697
Due June 1, 2019
The Girls in Gaming camp was our founding camp in 2017, and we aim to continue the series while improving with what we’ve learned. We will be joined by guest experts to explore a range of topics from streaming, game development, the competitive scene, and much more. Additionally, the camp will focus on networking and learning from the challenges our speakers have overcome in the currently male-dominated industry.
Our target audience is high school students currently in their junior or senior years of high school, but we encourage everyone who is interested in attending this camp to apply. We’ve found that the topics covered are most useful for students ready to explore potential careers and developing professional skills, so please use your best judgement!
The list of staff, guests, and the schedule is subject to change in the weeks leading up to the camps. This is still a work in progress as we continue to refine our curriculum to make sure that our camps are as enjoyable and educational as they can be while still accommodating our staff and all campers.
The current schedule and guest profiles are from our 2018 camp to be used as reference! We will announce new details as soon as they are ready for Summer 2019.
|9:00 AM - 10:00 AM||Welcome, Camp Intro|
|10:00 AM - 12:00 PM||Icebreakers|
|12:00 PM - 1:15 PM||Lunch|
|1:15 PM - 2:15 PM||Esports/UCI Esports Intro|
|2:15 PM - 3:00 PM||Ergonomics/Health Talk|
|3:00 PM - 5:00 PM||Group Play|
|9:00 AM - 10:45 AM||Tour UCI, Retro Game Collection|
|10:45 AM - 12:00 PM||Esports Journalism|
|12:00 PM - 1:30 PM||Lunch|
|1:30 PM - 2:45 PM||Research OR Social Media/Content Creation|
|2:45 PM - 4:00 PM||Board Games|
|4:00 PM - 5:00 PM||Group Play|
|9:00 AM - 10:30 AM||OBS and Twitch Setup/Demo|
|10:30 AM - 11:30 AM||Streaming|
|11:30 AM - 12:15 PM||Water Balloon Fight|
|12:15 PM - 1:15 PM||Lunch|
|1:15 PM - 2:45 PM||Professional and Competitive Gaming|
|2:45 PM - 5:00 PM||Group Play|
|9:00 AM - 10:30 AM||Esports Events and Tournaments|
|10:30 AM - 12:15 PM||Team/Community/Social Media Management|
|12:15 PM - 1:15 PM||Lunch|
|1:30 PM - 3:00 PM||Blizzard Panel|
|3:00 PM - 5:00 PM||Group Play|
|9:00 AM - 10:30 AM||Harassment Lecture/Forum|
|10:30 AM - 12:15 PM||Event Talent (Shoutcaster, Host, Analyst)|
|12:15 PM - 1:45 PM||Lunch|
|1:45 PM - 3:45 PM||Mock Tournament and Interviews|
|3:45 PM - 7:00 PM||Closing Ceremony|
Mark led the effort to create the world's first collegiate esports program at a public university - UC Irvine. Working closely with student leaders, administrators, faculty, and industry partners, Mark built a business plan that is cost-neutral to the university and that broadly approaches the world of esports through the four pillars of competition, research, community and entertainment. Since coming to UCI in 2010, Mark advised student government leaders and coordinated some of UCI’s largest and most successful events including six consecutive Guinness World Records. Mark has a B.S. in psychobiology from UCLA and a MBA from Cal State Fullerton's Mihaylo College of Business and Economics.
Kathy found her way to UC Irvine through her interest in pursuing a career in the gaming industry, suitably majoring in Computer Game Science. She cofounded and led one of the largest gaming clubs in the world, The Association of Gamers at UCI, and dedicated all of her time between classes training officers, planning events, and, of course, playing video games. Her favorites include Final Fantasy XIV, League of Legends, and Path of Exile. She also enjoys competitive typing on websites such as TypeRacer.com.
High School League Coordinator
Samantha represents UCI Esports in managing operations, the community advisory board, and tournament events for the Orange County High School Esports League. She graduated from UCI in 2016, where she double majored in Political Science and Film & Media Studies.
Hillary is a Criminology and Psychology double major. Her favorite games include World of Warcraft, World of Warcraft, World of Warcraft, and WoW. She led the creation of the Girls’ Summer Camp and hopes to continue sharing her passion and connecting with at-risk youth by introducing them esports.
Jess is a 4th year transfer student majoring in Political Science. Currently she works as an intern for the UCI Esports program creating programs and events that help cultivate the collegiate esports scene and build community among students on campus.
Founder and President, ICE
Dr. Julie Holt is the founder and president of Integrative Core Energy Coaching Network (ICE). She has a Doctorate Degree in Science, and a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy, both from Loma Linda University. She is also a Certified Professional Coach with emphasis on health, wellness, and Life Purpose. During her 25+ years of experience in health care, she has specialized in orthopedic and sports injuries as well as upper extremity dysfunction, repetitive stress and functional strength training. She is now combining her services with ICE in assisting others to engage in activities they are passionate about, while maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Dr. Holt is has recently dedicated an entire division of her coaching network to Esports.
Esports Coordinator, ICE
Cole Pocock is the Esports Coordinator for Integrative Core Energy Coaching Network (ICE). He is partnering with others to build a base of health information for gamers. He is driven to help athletes of all skill levels perform at their best by coaching them on how to utilize every thought, movement, and emotion to their strategic advantage. This drive is built on a solid foundation of education. He holds a BS degree in Kinesiology, is certified as an ergonomic assessment specialist, and has 10 years of competitive gaming experience. His favorite games to play include Starcraft, World of Warcraft, League of Legends, and Overwatch.
Tatjana "Digital_Vix3n" Vejnovic
Journalist, USA Today
Becoming a gamer at the ripe age of two, Tatjana isn’t your average casual gamer. Like most children of the 90s she loved her Mario, but also owned her cousins in Super Street Fighter II: Turbo, and repeatedly played Final Fantasy IX, X, and XI in her tween and late teenage years. Nowadays, you'll find her at the Blizzard Arena in Burbank, reporting on the Overwatch League and interviewing players. When USA Today Sports Media Group approached her to run their premiere esports vertical, she didn't even hesitate to say yes. You would think watching hours upon hours of professional Overwatch every week would make her a better player, but sadly, she's still just a gold-ranked Moira. Some day, she hopes to be a platinum ranked player.
Maaike "ShinobiHaruka" Tirtarahardja
Stream Team Operations Manager, HeroesHype
Maaike "ShinobiHaruka" Tirtarahardja is a 2013 UCI alum working in both accounting and stream management. As acting Stream Team Operations Manager for HeroesHype, Maaike oversees daily operations and scheduling for her streamers. She has helped to develop streamers and communities for games such as Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm.
Charlene "Shark" Hamm
Community Manager, PlayVS
Charlene Hamm recently accepted a position at PlayVS as a community manager and will be bringing competitive gaming to the high school level. She had previously worked for esports organizations including Houston Outlaws, OpTic Gaming, Team Dignitas, NRG Esports, and Apex Gaming. Her roles in these organizations ranged from social media manager to general manager with a heavy focus on content management. This is her second year speaking at the UCI Girls Summer Camp.
Community Events Lead, Los Angeles Valiant
Sabrina began her esports career in high school five years ago as a social media manager for League of Legends teams. Since then, she’s created her own collegiate gaming organization, Highlander Gaming, at her alma mater UCR; worked as a marketing manager for game developer FunPlus; created her own annual gaming convention Highlander Con; created contracted graphics for esports teams such as NRG and Team Liquid; and was given the amazing opportunity to intern at Blizzard Entertainment for Esports Events. Since graduating in Winter 2018, she has worked full time as the community events lead for the Overwatch League team, the Los Angeles Valiant.
Morgan "Rhoulette" Romine
Director of Initiatives, AnyKey
Morgan Romine, PhD, is a cultural anthropologist, consultant, writer, community manager, and advocate who has worked with gaming communities since 2004. She is currently the Director of Initiatives for AnyKey, an advocacy group that leads research and initiatives to support diversity and inclusion in esports. Known to gamers as "Rhoulette," Morgan was the co-founder and Team Captain of the Frag Dolls, Ubisoft’s all-women professional competitive gaming team, which was active from 2004-2015. As an industry professional, she has worked in community management, online marketing, and esports development. In 2016, she received her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from UC Irvine, and is on the Board of Advisors for UC Irvine’s collegiate esports program.
Rachel "Seltzer" Quirico
Esports Interviewer and Stage Host
Rachel "Seltzer" Quirico is best known as an interviewer and stage host for esports events all around the world. She grew up a gaming fan, and in high school started playing in tournaments from her parents' home in New Jersey, then followed her passion to gaming expos and events where she experienced all the varied joys the industry had to offer. Rachel has worn many hats as a player, game caster, tournament organizer, stage host, sideline reporter, talent manager, player manager, production assistant, brand ambassador, consultant, and more over the years, and she hopes to bring the experiences as examples to anyone looking to get involved in esports themselves.
Esports is a fast-growing industry that combines the competitive aspect of gaming with the business practices seen across all modern sports. From tournaments to broadcasts and team management, esports is a multi-faceted industry with a massive baseline of work to get in on and tons of room to grow within your specific niche.
The camp will be held in the UCI Esports Arena at G205 Student Center, Irvine, CA 92697.
The nearest parking structure is the Student Center Parking Structure. For a list of parking permit rates, please visit the Visitor Parking page on the UCI Transportation and Distribution Services site.
Once you park, walk across to the Student Center. Inside the building, there are two flights of stairs on the left. Once at the top, exit to the Terrace. The UCI Esports Arena is located straight and to the right, across from Jamba Juice.
Yes. The registration fee is $100 that is due a few weeks before the camp. However, your spot will not be reserved until your application is both accepted and the registration fee has been received. Scholarships may be available for those with financial need.
We will be joined by guest experts to explore a range of topics from streaming, game development, the competitive scene, and much more. Additionally, the camp will focus on networking and learning from the challenges our speakers have overcome in the currently male-dominated industry.
The camp counselors are all be members of the esports community on and around campus, including UCI Esports staff, UCI students and members of The Association of Gamers (TAG) at UCI. We will also feature guest speakers, including UCI alumni and individuals currently working at notable gaming organizations or related fields.
We want to cover all major players in the esports industry right now, although we may focus more on the most popular titles at UCI, including the ones typically offered at the UCI Esports Arena. Some titles include League of Legends, Overwatch, and Super Smash Brothers. We want to make sure all gamers feel welcome and represented.
The camp will run from 9am to 5pm on all five days. Each day of the camp, we will focus on a specific topic of the gaming industry, such as club organization, marketing, content creation, competition, and game creation. For each day, we will also be bringing in prominent individuals within the esports community to present their personal experiences within the field.
While we will focus primarily on female role models and challenges that are unique to women in gaming and esports, we welcome all gender identities at our Girls in Gaming Camp.