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Campaign OfficeMax Penny Pranks
Advertiser OfficeMax
Brand OfficeMax

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About The Escape Pod

What We Do Best.

The Escape Pod is known for consistently delivering fresh, original ideas that break through categories and builds brands. Our specialties include:

  • Efficiently executing breakthrough retail campaigns and promotions 
  • Re-energizing the growth and profitability of established brands 
  • Launching new products 


We are bold. We are fast. We defy convention. We drive action.

We are risk takers. We are brand makers. We love what we do. 

From pioneering the first branded entertainment reality TV hit, “Schooled,” for OfficeMax to launching Wheat Thins’ “Twitterventions” viral sensation, to having NFL MVP Drew Breese retire for one day for Can-Am Spyder, and working with YouTube star Action Movie Kid for Toys”R”Us, The Escape Pod has earned its reputation for bold, award-winning work across retail, food & beverage, technology and automotive categories.

Fast. Fearless. Focused on Growth.

We are purpose-built for businesses with aggressive growth goals. Our speed, creative firepower and core belief in amplifying brands to drive action makes us the perfect partner for fast-growing companies. Our services include research, strategic planning, creative development, production, media planning and buying, experiential marketing and a digital studio creating apps, websites and connected devices. 

Latest News

Chicago-based UX and digital product studio ORA Interactive expands into Denver

ORA Interactive, an award-winning user experience and digital product studio headquartered in Chicago, is expanding into the Western U.S. with a presence in Denver, Colorado. The strategic move builds on ORA Interactive’s exponential growth in Chicago and promises new jobs at home and for the fast-growing Western region, a burgeoning technology hub.

“Since 2009, ORA has been entrenched in the Chicago tech scene and we are excited to join the Denver tech community as thought leaders in mobile and emerging technologies. We hope to meet and strengthen our relationship with local technology leaders and like-minded entrepreneurs. Denver is one of the largest and fastest-growing metro economies in the U.S. and it syncs up perfectly with our culture and entrepreneurial spirit,” said ORA Interactive’s Chief Technology Officer Andre Sugai, who was recently chosen to serve as one of 50 delegates in Denver Start-up Week’s inaugural Ambassadors Program in September. “Our second studio will further strengthen our ability to recruit and hire amazing technical and product design talent to support our Chicago headquarters,” Sugai added.

ORA has built more than 300 native mobile apps, web apps, and Internet of Things products for large companies and start-ups alike. The studio, whose client roster includes Allstate, Fooda, Canon, Bunker Labs, McKesson and InterPark, has achieved over 80% year-over-year growth and services 1 in 6 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Chicago. ORA has always been an active supporter of the startup community, launching ORA Ventures, a seed stage startup accelerator helping numerous ventures build products and raise funding, co-founding Chicago's strategic tech alliance, Ensemble and mentoring at Chicago Techstars.

“Denver represents a significant strategic move for ORA and ties into our growth strategies for the next 15 months. We’re looking forward to establishing a foothold in this region to take advantage of the awesome talent and opportunities for collaboration,” said Ray Villares, Chief Growth Officer, ORA Interactive. 

ORA Interactive is the digital arm of The Escape Pod Group.

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