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TRANSWORLD’S SEMINAR SERIES
  • Live Podcast Recording with Room Escape Divas
    11:00am - 12:00pm
    Cascade Room 1
    Speakers: Room Escape Divas
    FREE Early Bird seminar
    A FREE, 60-minute, live podcast recording! Join podcasters Room Escape Divas as they discuss escape rooms, community, player experience and more — with a live audience. Attendees will hear, first hand, from the nation's leading escape room podcast, what players value most in a good escape room experience.
  • Quick Fixes and Simple Creations to Make a HUGE Impact! (Workshop)
    1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Cascade Room 1
    $100/attendee (pre-registration)
    $120/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Andrew De Ruiter, Escape The Estate
    A 2-hour interactive workshop designed for current and aspiring game owners (also great for mini-groups and teams).

    Join a 30 year veteran of magician and illusion manufacturing, as he shares some of his secrets and tricks!

    This jam packed seminar will include:
    • Advice on adding major WOW factors to your room.
    • Simple reward-earning tricks and additions for your existing puzzles.
    • The theory of using magic and special effects to amaze and delight your guests.
    • Fast fixes for broken or unruly props during game play.
    • Unique yet inexpensive upgrades for your game.
    Whether you are just beginning in the escape room business, or you have several locations to maintain, this lecture is one you definitely shouldn't miss!
  • Little Kids = Big Market
    1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Cascade Room 2
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speakers: William Azeff and Chantelle Braudoin
    Think room escapes are just for Adults? Think again!

    Join Will and Chantelle as they share how most escape room businesses are largely missing out on the lucrative family market. Find out how to meet the broad spectrum of demands while still serving kids, families, adults, bachelor parties, and corporate team building events.

    This seminar will discuss the decisions that have led to their businesses strong penetration into the family market and the associated benefits and tradeoffs that followed.
  • Open Your Own Room Escape: A Complete Guide
    2:15pm - 3:15pm
    Cascade Room 2
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Elisabeth Garson, Steel Owl Productions
    A presentation on how to open your own room escape fast — and how to be the one that sticks around.

    Industry Overview
    • Strategy - Buying a game from overseas vs. buying a one-off game vs. writing your own game.
    • Industry - What's happening in the industry? Is it saturated?
    • Costs & Profits - How much does it cost and how much can I expect to make?
    • The type of people that should open a room escape.
    Building a GOOD room escape
    • Industry is splitting. Players are demanding more.
    • "Good room escapes" vs. "Hacks"
    • The importance of UX and player experience
    • The importance of the Game Master and Tech Master
    • Location
    Puzzles and Tech
    • Developing puzzles that are interesting and interactive. Locks are getting boring.
    • Clues - how many to give. Weave an invisible thread so players feel they’re in control.
    Practical Guidance
    • Booking Tips
    • Reset Times - what should you expect
    • Staff - how many, how to manage
    • Advertising - Quick look
    • Groupon
    • The value of reviews
    • Industry competitors
  • Creating a Game from Scratch: An Advanced Guide on Taking Ideas from your Brain to the Interactive Games Space (Workshop)
    3:30pm - 5:30pm
    Cascade Room 1
    $100/attendee (pre-registration)
    $120/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Shawn Fischtein, Escape Games Canada
    As the industry growth settles and customer’s demands are more refined, how do you ensure the survival of your escape room business? Easy, unique and exciting content. In this 2-hour workshop, nationally renowned room escape owner Shawn Fischtein reveals the secret of how his design team takes an idea from the back of a bar napkin...and into the real world. This step-by-step guideline will show you how to work your ideas into a successful installment. If you don’t have ideas, that’s ok! We can show you how to generate exciting ideas that can keep your customers engaged and your name on the top of the review charts.

    Topics that will be covered:
    • The Staples: Ideas that you can’t go wrong with.
    • What sells, what doesn’t? How to know your market.
    • The art of telling your story in an escape room.
    • Working the story into gameplay.
    • Where designers go terribly wrong.
    • Q&A: Story & Design.
  • BIG Ideas for the not so Big Budget: Guerilla Marketing
    3:30pm - 4:30pm
    Cascade Room 2
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Anthony Purzycki, Trap Door Escape
    Besides pictures of cute cats and food, what kind of posts do you see on Facebook and Instagram? When you're at the water cooler talking about your weekend, do you talk about gardening — or the flash mob you saw in the subway?

    As people, we love to tell stories: About the weird things we saw. About the unexpected. About something so bizarre, we can't wait to share it.

    Escape room owners are missing a HUGE marketing opportunity to create viral conversation, video shares, photo posts: It's all about guerrilla marketing. If you have a "jail break room", pay your staff to parade the downtown one afternoon in "jail garb". Have a mystery room? Cover the sidewalk with chalk clues that lead to your website.

    Guerilla Marketing is the most overlooked aspect of escape room advertising. By the end of this seminar, participants will walk away supercharged with flash alternative marketing ideas.
  • The Room Escape Experience: Own a Wildly Popular Game by Focusing on the Customer
    4:45pm - 5:45pm
    Cascade Room 2
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Jessica Worobec, Escape Room
    This seminar shows room escape owners how to produce room escapes experiences that will trump the competition by focusing on the importance of player engagement by intentionally creating interactivity, teamwork, player rewards and more. Participants will learn how to build a room escape EXPERIENCE, by taking a hard look at the interplay between game, teamwork, game master training and what is going on "behind the scenes". Get tips, tricks, secrets, shortcuts and more!

All TransWorld Trade Shows Room Escape Conference seminars are intended solely to provide information to the participants. Results derived by utilizing the information may vary and are not guaranteed. Neither TransWorld Trade Shows, nor the seminar presenters assumes any legal liability or responsibility regarding the content and examples presented.

All Seminars and Event Payments are Final at the Time of Purchase. Seminars and Events are non-refundable and non-transferrable. All kids 12 years of age and under are admitted for free on the trade show floor only, but must be accompanied by an adult. A valid photo ID is required for entry. All Seminars and Events are subject to change.

Absolutely NO recording devices permitted in any of our seminars!

TRANSWORLD’S SEMINAR SERIES
  • Room Escape Artists! Goldi-lock-ing Your Escape Room Business: Learn the Difference between Magnificent, Average, and Tragic Escape Room Design
    10:00am - 11:00am
    Cascade Room 1
    Speakers: Lisa and David Spira, Room Escape Artists
    FREE Early Bird seminar
    We want to help you understand the tangible differences in execution between escape rooms.

    We’re going to do this by looking at common interactions in escape room design and walk you through some of the differences that set apart the best and worst that we’ve seen in our approximately 300 games as reviewers.

    We’re going to talk about all of the greatest hits: Locks, Blacklights, Gamemastering, Books, Trap Doors Customer service...and more.

    Bring your questions and an open mind. We’re here to help.
  • Social Media 101
    11:15am - 12:15pm
    Cascade Room 1
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Nicole Ginsburg, Escape The Estate
    In this fast-paced 60 minute seminar, participants will get an overview of the top 5 social media outlets and how to use them to build your business. From Facebook and Instagram... to YouTube and Twitter, attendees will walk with a clear sense of how social media plays into modern business.
  • Construction & Fire Code for Escape Rooms
    11:15am - 12:15pm
    Cascade Room 2
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Matthew DuPlessie, The 5Wits Companies
    Considering opening a room, or adding on to your existing offering? This practical how-to talk will dig into the issues of design, construction, permitting, and relevant fire codes, so you have the information to do it right.

    With real-world examples from 5 Wits’ attractions like Tomb, Espionage, Drago’s Castle, and Deep Space, as well as case studies from other Escape Rooms, we will identify the major issues involved in the design and construction of amazing, safe, and legal rooms, and provide a framework for moving forward on your next great project. Full of practical, “how-to” advice, this session will inspire you and get into the nitty-gritty questions and answers that will keep your guests safe and avoid major headaches down the road.
  • Create Your Own Control & Command Center! An Advanced Tech Seminar
    1:15pm - 2:15pm
    Cascade Room 2
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Vinnie Ingallaria, Puzzle Props
    Ever wish you could control the tech props in your game... easily? Do you wish you could see what codes players enter into your props? Wouldn't it be great if you could press "RESET" — and have the entire rooms tech reset itself?

    Good news. You can do all of these things.

    In this 60-minute seminar, attendees will learn how to create their own "smart" escape room, using Node Red — an IoT (Internet of Things) Visual Programming framework developed by IBM as a scalable Escape Room Command and Control system. From programming the game set up, to compatible prop tech and hardware — this is a dense class designed for anyone with a basic knowledge of escape room tech.

    Seminar will include content on:
    • The Node Red Program - Intro
    • Compatible prop tech and hardware
    • Game Layout into the system
    • Networking, wiring, relays
  • Pulling Off the Perfect Pop-up Escape Room Games
    1:15pm - 2:15pm
    Cascade Room 1
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Melissa Eapen, Improbable Escapes Inc.
    Develop themed games that connect with educational or learning subject matter and work with schools, cities, museums and more.

    Open your market to city-wide initiatives, exhibit installations at local museums and galleries, schools and universities — and more. You'll learn how to create pop up games, present them, sell them, and run them! This is a seminar designed for escape game owners and game writers that want to expand into this ever-growing (and extremely fun) market.

    • Learn and understand how to develop a pop up game in the location you're given.
    • Learn how to take a mini game experience to corporate teams, private facilities + more.
    • Mini pop up game workshop: work as a group to create a 5 minute pop up game.
    • How to use pop up games as an effective marketing tool
    • Focus on the experience instead of the escape
    There will be a 10 minute Q&A session.
  • Co-Working, Co-Existing... and THRIVING!
    2:30pm - 3:30pm
    Cascade Room 1
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speakers: Mindy Plaisance & Davy Plaisance/Rise Escape Rooms, Dwayne Sanburn/13th Gate Escape & Megan Mouton/Clue Carre. Moderators: David & Lisa Spira
    A panel of top room escape companies talk about co-existing, working together and operating nationally-renowned escape room games.
  • How to Add Team Building to Your Escape Game. Attract more Corporate Groups!
    2:30pm - 3:30pm
    Cascade Room 2
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: AJ Hughes, Escape Room Tucson
    How do you provide corporate groups with what they need to feel they got a solid team-building experience for their staff? This seminar delivers sure-fire methods to add team building value to your escape games including entry, in-game, and debriefing tips. Whether you’re currently open or planning on opening, this seminar shows you how to attract the corporate market.

    • Understanding the difference between corporate groups and regular groups
    • Providing a perceived team building value
    • Intro (how to add team-building into the intro)
    • In Game Tips (team-building & competition in game)
    • Exit photos
    • Debriefing
  • Virtual Reality A-Z
    3:45pm - 4:45pm
    Cascade Room 2
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Shawn Fischtein, Escape Games Canada
    This seminar will jumpstart your knowledge into this emerging tech and provide you with a ton hands on information that you can’t find on the web. We’ll literally cover everything from how the tech actually works, what it can do, and where it can fit into your business plan. Whether you know quite a bit or you’re just starting out you are sure to learn something in this jam-packed hour long event with actual live demonstrations.

    What will be covered in this seminar:
    • A brief introduction of the technologies behind the most mainstream technologies.
    • What are the start-up costs and what skills you may need in order to get it working.
    • VR arcades VS. VR supplemental installments (eg. Escape Rooms, Multiplayer Interactive Adventures)
    • The possible future of the VR.
    • The economics & ROI of VR equipment.
    • How to get started with developing your own content.
    • Some things to consider before you take the plunge.
  • Creating a Great Experience the First Time (Right Out of the Gate!)
    3:45pm - 4:45pm
    Cascade Room 1
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Tim Bunch, Locked-Up Escape Games
    Get a fast track to success with this comprehensive seminar that offers the blue prints to a successful room escape game.
  • (Most) Everything You Know is Wrong: A Journey Through the Most Common Misconceptions in the Room Escape Industry
    5:00pm - 6:00pm
    Cascade Room 1
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Nate Martin, Puzzle Break
    From budgets to ticketing systems to puzzles to technology and everything in between, we will take a hard look at many of the most frequently encountered preconceptions & assumptions in the business and how much of the common knowledge in the escape room industry is often dangerously incorrect. We’ll also examine how to use this information to your benefit in the short, medium, and long terms. Topics will range from business and entrepreneurship to highly specific room escape puzzle and experiential design nuances. For audiences of all experience levels.
  • Motion in Escape Rooms: Using Tech, Actuators & Motion Components!
    5:00pm - 6:00pm
    Cascade Room 2
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Brian Warner, Evilusionsk
    (More details to follow)

All TransWorld Trade Shows Room Escape Conference seminars are intended solely to provide information to the participants. Results derived by utilizing the information may vary and are not guaranteed. Neither TransWorld Trade Shows, nor the seminar presenters assumes any legal liability or responsibility regarding the content and examples presented.

All Seminars and Event Payments are Final at the Time of Purchase. Seminars and Events are non-refundable and non-transferrable. All kids 12 years of age and under are admitted for free on the trade show floor only, but must be accompanied by an adult. A valid photo ID is required for entry. All Seminars and Events are subject to change.

Absolutely NO recording devices permitted in any of our seminars!

TRANSWORLD’S SEMINAR SERIES
  • Making the Perfect Gamemaster
    10:00am - 11:00am
    Cascade Room 1
    Speakers: Krystle Griffith, Jono Naito and Paula Norder
    FREE Early Bird seminar
    How do you get your Gamemaster mentioned in a 5-Star reviews? What do the industry’s best Gamesters do to ensure to a stellar player experience? Led by Paula Norder, this moderated panel tackles everything from clue to distribution and customer service to handling on-the-fly decisions and reacting to the “uninvolved” player. Panel will be followed by an open Q&A session.
  • Setting the Scene with Dynamic Set Design
    11:15am - 12:15pm
    Cascade Room 1
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speakers: Ben Bates, Cosmo Mariano, Shaun Sieger, Bates Motel Productions and Bates Motel Escape Rooms
    (More details coming soon)
  • Make Your Game Immersive: Using Story, Set & Actors
    11:15am - 12:15pm
    Cascade Room 2
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Marty Parker, Room Escape Adventures
    (More details coming soon)
  • What You REALLY Need to Know: Top 10 Escape Room Tips
    12:45pm - 1:45pm
    Cascade Room 2
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Greg Saylers, 13th Floor Entertainment
    10 must-know tips for anyone and everyone that owns a room escape game. Whether you have a game, or are looking to build one, these tips will help increase your profits, avoid in-game problems and lead to a powerful player experience.

    • Player Tips
    • Design & Build Tips
    • Business Tips
    • Gameplay Tips
  • (Title Coming Soon)
    12:45pm - 1:45pm
    Cascade Room 1
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    (More details coming soon)
  • Escape Game Nuts & Bolts: Effective and Efficient Tools to Use in Your Daily Business
    2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Cascade Room 2
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Dave Ferrier, Trapped PHL
    An intro seminar offering the day-to-day “musts” in an escape game; This course is a short-cut to all the things you need to know in daily operations. Hear tips on how to keep the show going when things go wrong. Learn the secrets of getting corporate bookings, keeping your room full — and more. Learn what it’s really like to run an escape game on a daily basis! From booking and sales, to debriefing and staff — get the nuts and bolts on the escape game business.

    • What should be in your escape game “toolbox”?
    • What equipment do you need in your control room?
    • What should be on your cheat sheet?
    • How do you do a proper brief and debrief whether they escape or not?
    • What policies do you need?
    • What are your game master’s tasks?
    • How to provide amazing customer service
    • How to “guest proof” your room
  • Creating Great Games: An In-Depth Look at a Successful Room
    2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Cascade Room 1
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Renee Ryckman, Escape Countdown
    Renee Ryckman “unlocks her doors” to take you on an in depth journey into the development of a successful immersive room escape game from start to finish.

    Some of the key takeaways will include:
    • How to choose a game theme
    • The marriage of the scene and game
    • Key components of beta testing
    • Proper marketing to optimize your new game
  • Why an Escape Room is an ESSENTIAL Addition to Any Attraction
    3:15pm - 4:15pm
    Cascade Room 1
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speaker: Mike Jubie, Headless Horseman & The Great Room Escape
    Family entertainment centers, haunted houses, arcades — and even mini-golf! No matter what kind of attraction business you’re running, learn about adding an escape game to your existing location — and how it can impact and boost both businesses.
  • Advertising & Marketing for Escape Rooms
    3:15pm - 4:15pm
    Cascade Room 2
    $50/attendee (pre-registration)
    $55/attendee (on-site registration)
    Speakers: Elisabeth Garson, AJ Hughes, Anthony Purzycki and Nicole Ginsburg. Moderated by Jessica Worobec
    What kind of advertising works for escape games? How should you spend your marketing dollars? Do you even need to advertise an escape game? Ad words...branding...Facebook...social media... press releases... direct mail. Where do you even start?

    This 60-minute seminar panel is a MUST for anyone that has questions about advertising their escape room game. Presented by Jessica Worobec, the panel features four room escape owners with a history of professional experience in four key areas: Marketing (AJ Hughes), Advertising (Elisabeth Garson), Social Media (Nicole Ginsburg) and Guerrilla Marketing (Anthony Purzycki). The session will be broken down into a list of moderated and relevant industry questions — followed by open Q&A time.

All TransWorld Trade Shows Room Escape Conference seminars are intended solely to provide information to the participants. Results derived by utilizing the information may vary and are not guaranteed. Neither TransWorld Trade Shows, nor the seminar presenters assumes any legal liability or responsibility regarding the content and examples presented.

All Seminars and Event Payments are Final at the Time of Purchase. Seminars and Events are non-refundable and non-transferrable. All kids 12 years of age and under are admitted for free on the trade show floor only, but must be accompanied by an adult. A valid photo ID is required for entry. All Seminars and Events are subject to change.

Absolutely NO recording devices permitted in any of our seminars!

TRANSWORLD’S SEMINAR SERIES
Room 101 - Morning Seminars
Room 102 - Morning Seminars
Room 104 - Morning Seminars
Room 101 - Afternoon Seminars
Room 102 - Afternoon Seminars
Room 104 - Afternoon Seminars

All TransWorld Trade Shows Room Escape Conference seminars are intended solely to provide information to the participants. Results derived by utilizing the information may vary and are not guaranteed. Neither TransWorld Trade Shows, nor the seminar presenters assumes any legal liability or responsibility regarding the content and examples presented.

All Seminars and Event Payments are Final at the Time of Purchase. Seminars and Events are non-refundable and non-transferrable. All kids 12 years of age and under are admitted for free on the trade show floor only, but must be accompanied by an adult. A valid photo ID is required for entry. All Seminars and Events are subject to change.

Absolutely NO recording devices permitted in any of our seminars!

TRANSWORLD’S SEMINAR SERIES
Room 101 Seminars

All TransWorld Trade Shows Room Escape Conference seminars are intended solely to provide information to the participants. Results derived by utilizing the information may vary and are not guaranteed. Neither TransWorld Trade Shows, nor the seminar presenters assumes any legal liability or responsibility regarding the content and examples presented.

All Seminars and Event Payments are Final at the Time of Purchase. Seminars and Events are non-refundable and non-transferrable. All kids 12 years of age and under are admitted for free on the trade show floor only, but must be accompanied by an adult. A valid photo ID is required for entry. All Seminars and Events are subject to change.

Absolutely NO recording devices permitted in any of our seminars!

Meet the Speakers

Shawn Fischtein
Shawn Fischtein

Co-founder and operator of Escape Games Canada and the face behind www.escapegamespro.com, Shawn and his team have dedicated themselves to breaking down the science of Escape Games and Escape Rooms. With a background in aerospace engineering and years of specializaiton in financial and customer data analytics with game theory applications, Shawn’s unique experiences have led to unique successes in the fabrication, design, and operation of escape room facilities.

Shawn became familiar with escape rooms in 2009-2010 while working in Shanghai as a marketing loyalty analyst. That inevitably led him and his wife back to his home city of Toronto, Canada to design and build the next generation of Escape Rooms.

In addition to working with other local owners and keeping Escape Games Canada running in best-of-class quality, Shawn dedicates his time to developing rock-solid games that rely on scientifically tested principles. Focusing on adapting techniques developed in the video game industry over the past 20 years, Shawn and his team are striving to make games more streamlined, more accessible, and most importantly more fun for players. His passion for developing the industry and setting standards of quality is his current prime directive.

Shawn also enjoys video games, competitive e-sports, trading card games, and practically anything to do with the gaming industry. This passion comes through if you ever take a visit to Escape Games Canada.

Renee Ryckman

Renee is the founder of Escape Countdown, with locations in three Florida markets, Tampa, Sarasota and Fort Myers. She received her BSN from the University of North Dakota, and an MBA from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. After pursuing a career as an executive in health care administration, she turned her focus to entrepreneurship. In 2009, she founded an online book business which has garnered over $25 million in revenue since inception. Next, she turned her passion for escape rooms into a successful trio of Escape Countdown locations.

Recently Escape Countdown was recognized as an Emerging Business of the Year by the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce, and nominated as Small Tourism & Hospitality Business of the Year by the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to establishing Escape Countdown, Ms. Ryckman is committed to philanthropy and giving back to the community. She is active in many non-profit organizations, and has a special interest in women and children’s health and education. She is a member of several business organizations in Tampa, Sarasota and Fort Myers, helping to support and educate other business owners.

She currently resides in Sarasota, Florida with her husband Brent and their two young sons. When not busy encouraging her guests to “escape”, she can be found traveling the world in search of adventure and escape games!

Anthony Purzycki
Anthony Purzycki

Tone Purzycki was born with a relentless need to learn the entertainment industry. It brought him to the doors of some of the industries finest whom were willing to share. As a result, Tone and the Trap Door team started out trying to make movies, but accidentally discovered their true calling- Live Immersive Entertainment! Since then the team has produced The Ratred Prophecy, Find Me Event, Buried Alive, Fool’s Gold: Caging a Killer, The Slasher Demo, the in-person interactive theater show, Windward Hotel, and 1 World Alliance. Tone has also been involved with creating the interactive experiences, Dexter: Return of the Dark Defender, and Homeland: Mission of Detail for Showtime. He is currently working on a brand new experience for Six Flags Great Adventure.

Since opening Trap Door in Red Bank, he has Produced Escape The Architect, and the record breaking Cure Z. This past November, Trap Door opened a new location in Morristown, NJ, and premiered Witch Hunt, and the now under construction F5, a Tornado Escape. Tone also spends time working on new episodes of Unlocked, an industry insider youtube series.

Nicole Ginsburg
Nicole Ginsburg

Nicole Ginsburg is the creator and co-owner of Escape the Estate, Central New York’s first “escape room”. Nicole holds a degree in marketing from Columbia College and has over 20 years of experience in the performing arts and entertainment industry; almost half of this time has been spent in her role as Production Director for Frightmare Farms, one of the most critically acclaimed haunted attractions in Upstate New York. Nicole introduced the escape room industry to the region by utilizing existing space at the previously-existing haunted attraction. At that time, Nicole was one of very few pioneers attempting this technique.

Escape the Estate, with its theatrically-detailed sets, was a runaway hit. Within a matter of weeks, the Frightmare Farms location had sold out its available bookings for their entire season. Fueled by this success, Nicole and her team opened a second location in just six months, crafting whole-new escape rooms in a shopping mall. Since then she has helped with games ranging from 3 minutes to Mega- games lasting a few hours.

Because of her work, Nicole has caught the attention of numerous media outlets in the area. In December 2015, she was named one of the “9 Most Creative People in Central New York.” Soon after, she was featured in an article about women in business, discussing her contributions to the often male-dominated industries of escape rooms and haunted attractions. Nicole has presented at educational institutions, universities, and conferences on topics ranging from young entrepreneurship to surviving a zombie outbreak.

Nicole juggles many professional roles on a daily basis.Her favorite role is wife to her uber supportive husband, Jeremy and mom to her quick witted, very busy, young twin boys!

Melissa Eapen
Melissa Eapen

Melissa Eapen is the Co-Founder and Director of Business Development of Improbable Escapes and Co-Founder of The Kingston Collective. With her educational background in Psychology, Computer Science and Pre-service Firefighter Training & Education, she started her career in property management and then quickly followed her passion for gamification and teaching through play to be on the front line of second generation escape rooms. She just finished expanding her puzzle rooms to a new space that is over 4 times the size of her first location.

During the day you can find her working with local partners to write, and produce historical games all over the city including Kingston City Hall, Fort Henry National Historic Site, St. Lawrence College, the Kingston Public Library, Bellevue House, Murney Tower National Historic Site and many others.

Melissa and her business partner are currently opening up their third business, HipStory, a cross between escape rooms and tours through national historic sites and museums.

Dave Ferrier
Dave Ferrier

Dave Ferrier helped design, build and currently manages Trapped PHL escape room. He has become an escape room industry “go to guy” on booking systems and running Groupon / Living Social campaigns. Dave has worked in the haunt industry for seven years as a performer and four years as casting director for Fright Factory in Philadelphia.

Dave is also a trainer, Marine Corps veteran and professional actor, with dozens of credits including House of Cards, VEEP, Investigation Discovery, The Travel Channel and various major motion pictures.

AJ Hughes
AJ Hughes

AJ Hughes has been an escape room owner at Escape Room Tucson www.EscapeRoomTucson.com since 2014. She has designed, created and built all of her escape rooms from the ground up. She also owns www.EscapeRoomGamesForSale.comand has built, designed and created 122 escape rooms all around the world.

Prior to owning an escape room, AJ has owned her own retail business that featured in the Kentucky Derby three years in a row, Miss America Pageant and the Grammy Awards.

Coming from an extensive marketing background, AJ has also served as the national marketing director for the third largest company in the world.

AJ has a bachelors in marketing and masters in business.

AJ is an avid escape room gamer, having played as many as 15 escape rooms in three days. She is also a book collector and has a collection of books that date as far back as the 15th century.

Brian Warner
Brian Warner

Brian Warner’s technical background comes from 18 years as a machinist and machine manufacturer, building multi-million dollar machinery for large beverage corporations, as well as 13 years in the haunted attraction industry, with his companyEvilusions, designing and constructing entire attractions. This includes all the CAD drawings, technical systems (air, electric, sound), and all animatronic manufacturing. For the last year, he has been designing and installing escape rooms, from one simple puzzle, to entire rooms and facilites, including the 2d and 3d CAD drawings, and game flow design.

Elisabeth Garson
Elisabeth Garson

Steel Owl is led by Elisabeth Garson, Creative Director for Steel Owl Games & Steel Owl Tech. The group is famed for “Escape The 1980s” and is creating additional, UX based escape games for large companies including The Franklin Institute, in Philadelphia PA. The company’s initiatives have attracted great deal of press, investor interest, tech requests and has ultimately spawned the birth of Steel Owl Tech, producers of the industry’s most advanced telephone game prop.

Prior to Steel Owl, Garson worked Advertising and UX (user experience) for 20 years as a Creative Director, with a focus on branding and experience. Her clients included large companies (Comcast, Advanta, Xfinity) to medium sized business and start-ups. From craft beer…to cable TV — all of Garson’s creative work explored consumer experience, from the perspective of targeted audience research. This knowledge acted as the primary building block for the Steel Owl business model, including game development, company branding, and puzzles to create player engagement.

In addition to her advertising work, Garson created several team-oriented events, and experiences in the Philadelphia area including the sold-out “Dating Game Live” (set up like the 1980s show) and a sold out “Happening Event” where participants purchased tickets to something that was happening (but they didn’t know what it was). She was also the co-creator of an independent short film that created outlandish experiences for unsuspecting deliverymen. She’s the concept founder of The Philadelphia Arts Market, which is still in the process of development, and on-hold for the moment.

Over the years, Garson’s endeavors have attracted press from The Philadelphia Inquirer, CBS 3, KYW News Radio, Time Magazine and dozens of others.

Marty Parker
Marty Parker

Marty Lee Parker is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for the performing arts. He founded a company called Life Learning Devices, LLC that worked with world-renowned motivational speakers to create motivational products for businesses and corporations. Life Learning Devices, LLC evolved into Bucket List Productions, LLC- a company that produces events that motivate people to live fulfilled and passionate lives. Bucket List Productions became a leader in the mob event industry of active entertainment by creating and producing Mud Ninja, Bubble Palooza, The Tomato Bash, and The Cincinnati and Columbus Color Paloozas.

One day in 2013, Marty received an email from a friend that said, “I don’t want tomatoes thrown at me. I don’t want the colored corn starch in my hair, and there is no way I am jumping into a pit of mud … but if you produce a room escape, I’d go to that!” The very next week, Marty flew to San Francisco to attend the only room escape in the country he could find. A week after that, as he was driving to Ohio from Florida after producing a Bubble Palooza (a 5k where you run through colored bubbles that stain your skin so you look like you got pooped on by a unicorn!), he busted up laughing, for over an hour, thinking how entertainingly hysterical it would be if someone combined the murder mystery concept, a room escape and one of the most watched TV shows, “The Walking Dead.”

And that’s exactly what he did! Immediately after getting home, he sat down and wrote the comedic show “Trapped In A Room With A Zombie”. Three weeks later he was doing test runs in his garage. One week after that it was being performed live in Chicago. Seeing that this interactive theater piece was identical to a mud run in almost every aspect, minus the mud, he quickly set out to open the show in every major city. “Trapped In A Room With A Zombie” is now being performed in twenty-five major cities around the world, including London, Toronto and Madrid.

Apart from producing the interactive theater “Trapped” series, Marty is part owner in thirteen other room escape companies that write and produce traditional room escape experiences. Marty has helped write a traveling room escape for Pepsi and has produced a large room escape event at a resort in Mexico.

Marty is super excited to share with you what he has learned from producing this comedic, interactive theater piece, including all the tips and techniques the show uses to continually deliver unforgettable experiences!

Nate Martin
Nate Martin

Nate Martin is the Co-Founder & CEO of Puzzle Break (www.puzzlebreak.com), the first contemporary American Escape Room company. Puzzle Break is headquartered in Seattle with locations in Long Island and on Royal Caribbean ships. Prior to Puzzle Break, he was a senior executive at Microsoft and Electronic Arts. He has shipped software used by billions of users as well as some of the most beloved video games of a generation.

Wednesday May 3rd, 2017
  • Locked-Up Escape Games Tour - Option 1
    6:00pm - 10:30pm (Buses depart at 5pm from the Convention Center)
    $89/attendee
    Locked-Up Escape Games

    Locked-Up Escape Games behind-the-Scenes Escape Room Tour,  A Haunted House Tour full Show, Dinner & Transportation all included | Only $89 | LIMITED SPACE! BOOK NOW!

    Time: 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm (Buses depart at 5pm from the Convention Center)

    We will visit Buffalo’s Locked-Up Escape Games and House of Horrors & Haunted Catacombs Haunted Attraction

    • Dinner & transportation to and from the event provided. (Buses depart at 5pm from the Convention Center)
    • Get a behind-the-scenes tour of all the escape rooms 
    • Q&A Following the escape room tours
    • Visit 2 Haunted Attractions with full show (live actors) (behind the scenes tour if time permits)
    • Note: No escape games will be played with option 1 ticket

    Buses will leave the convention center at 5pm. Please note if you are an exhibitor wanting to attend this event please contact jen@haashow.com

  • Locked-Up Escape Games Tour - Option 2
    4:00pm - 10:30pm (Buses depart at 3pm from the Convention Center)
    $115/attendee
    Locked-Up Escape Games

    Locked-Up Escape Games behind-the-Scenes Escape Room Tour,  1 Escape game played, A Haunted House Tour full Show, Dinner & Transportation all included | Only $115 | LIMITED SPACE! BOOK NOW!

    Time: 4:00 pm – 10:30 pm (Buses depart at 3pm from the Convention Center)

    We will visit Buffalo’s Locked-Up Escape Games and House of Horrors & Haunted Catacombs Haunted Attraction.

    • Dinner & transportation to and from event provided (Buses depart the Sheridan Hotel at 3pm)
    • You will get to play 1 of the Escape games
    • Get a behind-the-scenes tour of all of the escape rooms 
    • Q&A Following the escape room tours
    • Visit 2 Haunted Attractions with full show (live actors) ( behind the scenes tour if time permits)
    • Only 60 Spots are available for option 2 to play 1 escape game. (Please note buses will leave at 3:00 pm and 3:30 pm to play the games we will notify you of your bus departure time.)
Thursday May 4th, 2017
  • Escape Room Tour to 5 Wits
    Thursday May 4th
    $100/attendee
    5 Wits Live Action Immersive Adventures
    • Have four separate “adventures” at Destiny USA: Tomb, Deep Space, Espionage, and Drago’s Castle
    • Behind-the-Scenes tour of all 4 attraction
    • Q&A with the owner & the 5Wits team
    • Lunch provided

    * Transportation provide to/from all escape game locations form the host hotel*

Friday May 5th, 2017
  • Escape Room Tour to Escape Games Canada
    Friday May 5th
    $100/attendee
    Escape Games Canada

    Passport required

    • Play 2 escape rooms
    • Behind-the-Scenes of escape rooms
    • Q&A with the Owners of Escape Games Canada & their team
    • Lunch provided

    * Transportation provide to/from all escape game locations form the host hotel*

All TransWorld Trade Shows Room Escape Conference seminars are intended solely to provide information to the participants. Results derived by utilizing the information may vary and are not guaranteed. Neither TransWorld Trade Shows, nor the seminar presenters assumes any legal liability or responsibility regarding the content and examples presented.

All Seminars and Event Payments are Final at the Time of Purchase. Seminars and Events are non-refundable and non-transferrable. All kids 12 years of age and under are admitted for free on the trade show floor only, but must be accompanied by an adult. A valid photo ID is required for entry. All Seminars and Events are subject to change.

Absolutely NO recording devices permitted in any of our seminars!

Wednesday March 22, 2017
Friday March 24, 2016
Saturday March 25, 2016

All TransWorld Trade Shows Room Escape Conference seminars are intended solely to provide information to the participants. Results derived by utilizing the information may vary and are not guaranteed. Neither TransWorld Trade Shows, nor the seminar presenters assumes any legal liability or responsibility regarding the content and examples presented.

All Seminars and Event Payments are Final at the Time of Purchase. Seminars and Events are non-refundable and non-transferrable. All kids 12 years of age and under are admitted for free on the trade show floor only, but must be accompanied by an adult. A valid photo ID is required for entry. All Seminars and Events are subject to change.

Absolutely NO recording devices permitted in any of our seminars!

TRANSWORLD’S SEMINAR SERIES
Friday March 24, 2017
Saturday March 19, 2016

All TransWorld Trade Shows Room Escape Conference seminars are intended solely to provide information to the participants. Results derived by utilizing the information may vary and are not guaranteed. Neither TransWorld Trade Shows, nor the seminar presenters assumes any legal liability or responsibility regarding the content and examples presented.

All Seminars and Event Payments are Final at the Time of Purchase. Seminars and Events are non-refundable and non-transferrable. All kids 12 years of age and under are admitted for free on the trade show floor only, but must be accompanied by an adult. A valid photo ID is required for entry. All Seminars and Events are subject to change.

Absolutely NO recording devices permitted in any of our seminars!

May 1-5, 2017

CONFERENCE: May 1-3
TOUR: May 4-5

Niagara Falls Conference & Event Center

American Side
101 Old Falls Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14303

DETAILS

Show Hours

Trade Show Floor Hours:

  • Tuesday May 2nd 9:00am - 7:00pm
  • Wednesday May 3rd 9:00am - 3:00pm

Buyer Registration Hours:

  • Monday May 1st 7:30am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday May 2nd 7:30am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday May 3rd 9:00am -3:00pm

Exhibitor Registration Hours:

  • Monday May 1st 7:30am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday May 2nd 7:30am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday May 3rd 9:00am - 3:00pm

Seminar Hours:

  • Monday May 1st 11:00am - 5:45pm
  • Tuesday May 2nd 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Wednesday May 3rd 10:00am - 4:15pm