Red Bull Escape Room @ 42
The 42 Silicon Valley community was beyond excited to have a Red Bull Escape Room in the middle of our lab earlier this week. Qualifiers for the championship are taking place in over 20 countries around the world. 42 Silicon Valley and the University of California, Irvine were selected to be qualifying venues for the Red Bull Escape Room, the only two locations for the qualifiers in the entire United States. Not only did Red Bull set up an awesome inflatable escape room but our student competitors were motivated by a chance to score some free Red Bull…one of our favorite beverages since it gives us plenty of fuel! Each team consisted of 4 people and they had 20 minutes to complete the escape room challenge. 42 students are always ready for a fun challenge and working in a team, and that is exactly what the Red Bull Escape Room delivers. There were 31 teams from the 42 student community that participated. Tomas’ Super Team, which consisted of 42 students Tomas Diaz, Reed Jocic, Junho Lee, and Charles Gleason scored the highest at 42’s qualifiers. They completed the escape room in 13 minutes, 28 seconds and 741 milliseconds.
More about Red Bull Mind Gamers
Red Bull Mind Gamers is a global nerve center that hosts mental challenges that flex the mind’s problem-solving abilities. You can access this hub at www.redbullmindgamers.com. After you get a taste of what to expect, you can participate in one of the Red Bull Mind Gamers competitive tournaments, like the Escape Room World Championship. This way, you can see how your skills stack against others and have fun in the process. Red Bull doesn’t just host an Escape Room World Championship, they also have the Rubik’s Cube Speed Solving Challenge. These timed competitions can bring out your ability to work under pressure. Also, we all know that teamwork involves a lot of communication, so you’ll need to brush up on those skills as well. Although it may seem unrelated, participating in a Red Bull Mind Gamers tournament is a great way to see if you have the analytical and “soft skills” to become a great computer programmer someday.
The Ultimate Escape Room: “Omni’s Escape”
Although we can’t tell you what happens inside that tent (what happens in the Escape Room stays in the Escape Room) Red Bull recently interviewed Dr. Scott Nicholson who was responsible for designing the “Omni’s Escape” Red Bull Escape Room for the upcoming 2019 World Championship. According to Dr. Nicholson, escape rooms aren’t just about solving puzzles, it is also about teamwork and diversity of thought, “With an emphasis on the mind, this form of games has become a focus in popular culture; not only do they let you take on a role in life that is new and can build empathy for others, but also do the teams require a variety of skills and ways of thinking, which makes diverse teams a necessity on the way to success.” Since 42 depends on a peer-to-peer learning structure, having a diverse community of students working to solve problems in a team atmosphere is a big part of why we see value in the escape room that Red Bull developed. We’re happy to have been chosen to be a qualifying venue for such an exciting initiative.
The Red Bull Escape Room World Finals
In order to compete in the Red Bull Escape Room World Final, teams of four participants have to compete in a qualifier venue like the one at 42 Silicon Valley. The qualifier venues were held in more than 25 countries this year, from Europe, Asia, North America, and South America. Each country will send the team that completed the Red Bull Escape Room in the fastest time to compete in the World Finals. These finalists will have the opportunity to come face-to-face with “Omni’s Escape” which has never been revealed to the public before and will be a totally new escape room experience. According to Dr. Nicholson, “This escape room was inspired by hacking concepts, designed to challenge the participants in six problem-solving skills: creativity, logic, visual thinking, musicality, memory and strategy. Communication is critical, and speed is of the essence.” The Red Bull Escape Room World Finals is taking place in London in March 2019 and will have teams from all over the globe. We can’t wait to see which team will represent the United States!