Beyond Escape 2017 user conference Review page

Our 2017 User Conference took place October 16th and 17th, at the DoubleTree Inn by Hilton Hotel in Sacramento.

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Fast Facts

  • Over 370 attendees representing 84 organizations from all over the state.
  • Monday, October 16th was mostly dedicated to Finance functionality.
  • Tuesday, October 17th was mostly dedicated to HR/Payroll functionality.
  • During both days, we had a space dedicated to Meet the Experts, so attendees could sit with Escape support and development teams to ask questions.
  • Three representatives from CalPERS and CalSTRS were on hand to answer any questions from attendees.

Escape is #1 in California 

This year was our third annual Beyond Escape User Conference, and this time it was held at the Double Tree by Hilton on Arden Way in Sacramento.

We had a large increase in attendance – over 100 more registrants than last year, and extended the registration deadline to accommodate all of the people who were on the waiting list.  Even with record attendance, there were a number of folks from the Sonoma and Yuba areas who couldn’t make it due to the devastating wild fires. We missed them, and hope that their lives will return to normal, and we will see them at next year's user conference.

Every attendee received a Blue Q "swag bag" with a pop-socket, and octopus USB connector. At the end of the day, everyone picked up a t-shirt with the #1 bear on it.

Many thanks to each attendee!

@ESCAPETECHNO & #BEYONDESCAPE17

A new addition this year is our expanded media presence. Our Twitter handle is @EscapeTechno.  We tweeted before, during and after the conference with the hashtag #BeyondEscape17.   If you are on Twitter, be sure to follow us for Escape news, fun photos and updates.  

This is a screen capture of Escape's Twitter page @EscapeTechno.

This is a screen capture of Escape's Twitter page @EscapeTechno.

If you attended the conference and have photos, please upload them and tag them with #BeyondEscape17 so we can all enjoy them.  Or, feel free to post them on our Facebook page.

Q&A - It's your conference

During both days, cards were handed out for people to write down questions. Nearly all of the questions were technical in nature, about functionality. We had different Escapees tackle the various questions in the afternoon sessions.  After the conference, we compiled all the questions, suggestions and responses and placed them on their own It's Your Conference - Q&A page.

Meet the experts

Pictured above from left to right: Marty Aarreberg, Mary Grossner, Kandee Stolesen, Amanda Jakubowski, Julie Alves, Michael McCarthy, and Escape experts, Julie Yontrarak and Brian Stokes.

Pictured above from left to right: Marty Aarreberg, Mary Grossner, Kandee Stolesen, Amanda Jakubowski, Julie Alves, Michael McCarthy, and Escape experts, Julie Yontrarak and Brian Stokes.

Meet the Experts was the first of its kind. We had many people take advantage of some one-on-one time with Escape Customer Care. It was wonderful to meet and speak directly with you, showing you the software, and discussing your specific questions.

We were also honored to host representative experts from CalPERS and CalSTRS. They attended on Tuesday, and were on hand to answer any questions from attendees.

From left to right: Ai Le, Michael McCloskey and Alicia Osborn.

From left to right: Ai Le, Michael McCloskey and Alicia Osborn.

finance Sessions

Escape Technology's President Ramona Marshall delivers her opening remarks and shared plans for the busy day, with more break-out sessions than prior years.

Escape Technology's President Ramona Marshall delivers her opening remarks and shared plans for the busy day, with more break-out sessions than prior years.

Monday was Finance day and we had the following breakout sessions.

  • Budget Basics
  • Finance Reports
  • Position Control Budgeting
  • Stores Management
  • Account Management
  • Vendor Management
  • AP Payments
  • Breaking up with Paper

This year Escape decided to "go green."  All of the handouts and slides from the presentations were available to download during the conference using the Yapp App. They are also available in  Escape Online 5, in the Online Resources - Webinars activity.

HR/Payroll sessions

Tuesday was HR/Payroll day and we had the following sessions:

  • Payroll Reconciliation
  • Managing Employees
  • Leave Processing
  • Benefit Reconciliation
  • HR/Payroll Reports
  • Online Time Sheets
  • Tips & Tricks

This year Escape decided to "go green."  All of the handouts and slides from the presentations were available to download during the conference using the Yapp App. They are also available in  Escape Online 5, in the Online Resources - Webinars activity.

Beyond Appetizers party

On Monday evening, we hosted an appetizer and refreshment gathering at RJs, and a selfie station and quarterback toss at Maxi's - both in the hotel. Check out the picture gallery below. Everyone who attended, including Escapees, had fun!

Check out the photo booth pictures above... and the candid from Beyond Appetizers below!


there's an app for that - yapp!

Yapp was the app! Lots attendees and Escapees uploaded fun pictures using Yapp, our conference app.

 

behind the scenes of beyond escape 2017

As you might imagine, many people put in a lot of effort to make this conference a success. It's not only hours of hard work to create and perfect our presentations, but also to perform all kinds of tasks. Everything from monitoring registrations, buying and wrapping prizes, packing, transporting and testing equipment, to ordering badges and stuffing swag bags. And, last but not least, making sure that we all have the right shoes! We thought you might like to see just a little bit of what goes into producing the user conference. So, we put together an album to let you get a peak behind the curtain.