Have you ever thought of what it would be like to have time to live, eat, and breathe creative approaches to learning and development? Have you wanted to shut out the noise and step away from the demands of the real world just to think through your dream learning projects?


You will have a chance to engage in deep conversations, create your own games and have hands-on exercises, think about what it means to create and innovate in an atmosphere that is conducive to playing, learning and thinking

Join a  limited number of the best and the brightest in this completely unique not really a conference environment where you will be able to strategize and learn through play and game design while interacting in a virtual 3D environment.

  • think like an innovator

  • think like a creative

  • create stories

  • prototype a learning comic

  • prototype a serious game

A chance to escape, create and Innovate in a play space!

Wait...each attendee gets a totally cool hundreds-of-dollars-in-value goodie bag!


Virtual Step Away is an online experience where we explore the creative process with live discussions and collaboration, self-study on a variety of topics around Design Thinking, Game Thinking, and Visual Thinking, and time between sessions for creative assignments. 

You will earn a really cool Step Away Certification, too!

WHERE: Virtual Online - 3D Virtual World, Slack, and Zoom


  • Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays virtual online for one hour

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays activities and assignments with hosts available online

  • Celebratory graduation and Show & Share on the last Friday of the event.


WHO: You and other innovative peers who like to learn while playing.


What we have planned

There are several creative learning activities planned and our hope is that you Step Away from this event with a new perspective on linking creativity with performance. Here are a few big ideas planned: 


  • understanding game design

  • think like an innovator

  • think like a design creative

  • storytelling through play

  • storyboarding and visual narratives

  • inspiration for visual design

  • prototyping a serious game

  • lots of play and a few surprises

  • hard fun!

These ideas are designed to flow in a sequence throughout the week, and by the end of the week, you will have a game ready for production!