Erica locks people up for a living - and they pay her to do it. Through a long story of weird coincidences and lucky chances, Erica Noordermeer runs her own company, Mini Escape Games, that designs and operates small pop-up escape room games. Taking a huge leap, she turned down a pretty exciting job to break out on her own and start her own company - and it somehow is paying off! Consulting with and designing escape room games for clients all over the world has provided her insight into a different form of leadership and teamwork. The challenge of game design takes on new levels when people can hold items in their hands and the clock is ticking.
She also holds the title of Vice-President of the Ottawa Geek Market, a constantly growing shopping and experiences based non-profit event. Through this event, Erica is proud to support the geeky community.
Erica spends too much time on her computer or staring into space, usually playing games or creating one in her mind. She was a member of her high school student council for her final 2 years and even attended OSLC in Fall 2006.
Workshop title and description for “Boxes and Locks For Better Team Talks”
Like solving puzzles? Like racing against the clock? Then you’ll love escape games. If you haven’t heard of the newest entertainment craze, then where do you live? Seriously because I know people looking to expand their business…
Escape games force groups of people to work together in high-stress situations, but with low stakes. Meaning they’re hyped up and eager to collaborate and rejoice at every victory, no matter how small. Their communication, teamwork and problem-solving skills will be challenged and they’ll ask for more when it’s done. This workshop will lead you through the creation of a basic escape game, and show you how these teambuilding activities can be used to encourage school spirit, fundraise, not to mention be a lot of fun. Be prepared to be challenged on your ideas of teamwork and your own skills not just as a leader but as a team member as well.