Announcing: RECON Schedule of Featured Talks

RECON ’20 Global is thrilled to present 15 Featured Talks.

All attendees will be able to watch Featured Talks on the RECON website, followed by Q&As with the speakers.

RECON is a free digital escape room convention for industry professionals and players that we’re hosting this August 23-24.

Featured Talks

Below, the Featured Talks are presented in the order in which they will be streamed at RECON.

Day 1 – Sunday, August 23

Opening Remarks

Make it Immersive: Turning Walls into Worlds by Haley E. R. Cooper & J. Cameron Cooper, Strange Bird Immersive (Immersion)

A Conversation with the Western World’s Most Experienced Escape Room Player by Sera Dodd & David Middleton, ERIC & Bewilder Box (Player Q&A)

The Video Game Talk that You Want to Attend Even if You’re Not a Gamer by Kim Belair, Ari MacGillivray, David Bedard, Sweet Baby Inc (Video Game Roots)

Blogger Bonanza: A Fast-Paced Blogger Panel (Blogger Panel)

  • Ken Ferguson of The Logic Escapes Me, United Kingdom (moderator)
  • Cici Cao & Brandon Chow of ESCAPETHEROOMers, United States
  • Randy Hum of Escape Rumors, United States
  • Sebastian Miska of Escape Maniac, Germany
  • Stefan Bauer & Alex Osorio of Two Bears Life, Austria​
  • Toby Powell of EscapeTheReview, United Kingdom
  • Victor Espriu & Maria José Navarro, El Quinto Elemento, Spain

Make it Work: Leveling Up Your Escape Room Tech by Jason Richard, Steal and Escape (Tech Tools)

Guardians of Fun and Property: A Conversation Between Two Veteran Gamemasters, Hillary Manning & Aaron Gold​ (Gamemastering)

Escape the Building: Lessons from Outdoor Escape Game Creators by Emma Rochon & Fred Preddy, Improbable Escapes & Escape Maze (Outdoor Games)

Day 2 – Monday, August 24

2020: The State of the Escape Room Industry by Lisa and David Spira, Room Escape Artist (Industry Report)

Adapting Your Escape Room Business to New Mediums by Charlie Bond & James Hamer-Morton, Deadlocked Escape Rooms (Product Variety)

An Interview with the Enigmatist: Blending Puzzles & Magic by David Kwong, The Enigmatist (Puzzle & Magic)

Characters in Escape Rooms by Manda Whitney, Room Escape Divas (Characters)

Owning an Escape Room in 2020: An Owner Panel Reflecting on Where We Were, Where We Are, and Where We’re Going (Owner Panel)

  • Lisa Spira, Room Escape Artist (moderator)
  • ​Amy Philip of Escape Games PDX, Portland, OR, USA
  • Anne Lukeman of CU Adventures, Champaign-Urbana, IL, USA
  • Bogdan Dascalescu of Puzzle Punks, Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Gijs Geers of DarkPark, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
  • Megan Mouton of Clue Carré, New Orleans, LA, USA
  • Seth Wolfson of Hourglass Escapes, Seattle, WA, USA
  • Summer Herrick of Locurio, Seattle, WA, USA

Escape the Cliché or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Design Creatively by Bizzaro, Krystal, & Greg, Test Subjects (Creativity)

Set Design on a Budget by Mike Preddy, Escape Maze (Budget Sets)

Concluding Remarks

Schedule FAQ

What’s with the words in parenthesis?

Our virtual venue is the RECON Discord Server. Although you will watch all the talks from the RECON website, these shortened talk names will help you navigate to deeper conversations on these subjects in the RECON Discord Server. All registered attendees will get information about Discord and joining the RECON Discord Server before the start of the event

How do I Learn More About What a Talk Covers?

All the talk abstracts are available on the Event Schedule page of the RECON website below the image with the schedule. Scroll down to read more about each talk.

How Do I Know When the Talk Will Take Place?

The Featured Talks will be streamed from 10:00 – 20:00 (8:00pm) New York time on Sunday, August 23 and Monday, August 24. They do not overlap. You can watch them all!

Click the RECON Schedule link above to see what time we’ll stream each talk.

Join us at RECON

RECON is about sharing knowledge. We thank all the RECON speakers for offering their insights to our community. We are excited to share their talks with you very soon!

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