FAQ

 
 

What IS AN ESCAPE ROOM?

Escape rooms are a real-life version of those classic Sierra adventure games you used to play. You and seven others are told the storyline of the room, you enter, and you’ll need to solve various puzzles in order to solve the room, usually by figuring out how to unlock the exit door, before time runs out.
 

AM I LOCKED IN THE ROOM?

No, the door isn’t actually locked. Instead of unlocking the door, the goal of this escape room will be revealed to you when you arrive to play the game.

IS THIS A PERMANENT NEW ESCAPE ROOM LIKE THE ONES appearing ALL OVER MY HOMETOWN?

No, this is a one-week-only pop-up escape room made by fans of Apple for fans of Apple. It will not be installed at a permanent storefront.

AM I LITERALLY GOING TO BE BACKSTAGE AT A KEYNOTE?

You might not be the target audience for an escape room.
 

How do i GET A TICKET?

The easiest way is to grab a ticket from the AltConf web site. This will allow you to coordinate with friends to pick the same timeslot. Make sure your friend also grabs a ticket, or feel free to buy a ticket on their behalf and assign it to them. If tickets sell out, there will be a waiting list, and more tickets and timeslots may be added later when logistics are confirmed. Depending on demand, there may also be a standby line outside the escape room to fill in any player gaps. If you have any concerns about dates, times, or other special requests, please send an email to chadwick@escapethekeynote.how
 

HOW DO I PICK MY TIMESLOT?

We will invite ticket holders to pick their timeslots later this Spring, most likely after the conference schedules have been published, so that you can make sure you pick a time that doesn’t conflict with anything else you want to attend. Timeslots will start at approximately 9am, and run all day.
 

WHO’s DOING This?

I’m Chadwick Severn. I’ve made pop-up escape rooms and puzzles for three Úll conferences. Úll is an amazing conference experience that evolves each year and always leaves me incredibly inspired and ready to create. I’m very excited to fly out to San Jose and bring an escape room to AltConf this year. I love how accessible AltConf is; truly an alternative for those who don’t win the lottery.

why are you doing this?

Escape rooms are awesome. Some forms of entertainment are passive, where you are a viewer, and that’s great, but there’s something about doing something with friends or soon-to-be-friends, collaborating on a tricky puzzle, shouting out a newly discovered clue to everyone, and putting the pieces together into a satisfying conclusion. It’s a form of entertainment with a sense of accomplishment, and you’ll often want to grab a drink after with your teammates to recap and think about strategies that worked and ones that didn’t.

do you need volunteers?

Yes! We’d love to have some volunteers to help us run the escape room. If you’re interested, please get in touch at chadwick@escapethekeynote.how