Hi there! I’m Gabe! I’m a Sophomore majoring in Industrial Engineering, Criminology, and Sociology. I have loved video games and computer technology since I got my first video game console at 7. Since I began attending UARK, esports has been a big passion for me. I have been on the Overwatch team during my tenure and I have done my best to use my identity as a bisexual man to promote LGBTQIA+ inclusion in every part of esports I can. I am so excited to see what we can do with ReWired Fest to promote D&I in the esports space so everyone can feel welcome!
Hi! My name is Paige. I am a graduate student studying Strategic Advertising and Public Relations. I served as the first female President of UARK Gaming and UARK Esports last year. I am currently working on my master’s thesis to determine if higher skill levels in video games correlate with being less sexist.
My name is Julian Lapicz and I am a student at the University of Arkansas pursuing a major in Hospitality Management and a minor in Event Planning. I am 23 and an Arkansas native through and through. I have lived in Fayetteville for 6 years and love all Northwest Arkansas has to offer. I love to spend my time diving deep into my passions of listening to music and playing video games. Before I graduate, I plan to spend my time gather and obtaining all the event/concert experience that I can. This so dreams become realities.
Hi, My name is Deanna! I will be starting my junior year in the fall at the University of Arkansas majoring in Biology. Video Games have always been a huge part of my life. I’ve been involved in Esports ever since my senior year of high school when I began playing competitively and ended up winning the League of Legends Arkansas State Tournament with my teammates. This led me to playing on the League team for UARK, becoming a manager soon after, and now the incoming President for Esports and Gaming at UARK! I hope to make an impact on our community’s diversity and engagement by being involved with Rewired Fest!
My name is Austin Rodriguez, and I will be on the student advisory board for ReWired Fest. I am heading into my Junior year at the University of Arkansas, studying Computer Science and German. I am also the team captain of my school’s Overwatch team. I have a passion toward the future of esports because I believe it is a great way to get students more involved with other students on campus. I am also interested in the field of game design, as I have grown up playing many video games and think a career in that field would be amazing. I believe diversity and engagement from the community is crucial for setting off this event, and I look forward to seeing the positive impact and awareness an event like this could give to the gaming and esports sector.