EPIC Quest: Online Treasure Hunt for $5000

The biggest Internet puzzle in history with $5000 at the end. Winners also pick a charity to receive matching donations with "Win a Little, Give a Little."
Anthony Woods
Ottawa, Ontario
6 Team Members

Nov 8th - Campaign complete: EPIC Quest is funded!

Thanks to everyone for their support of the EPIC Quest!! We have already started work and are eager to get all 5 chapters of clues ready to go. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for updates on when the EPIC Quest will launch!

Nov 4th - 100% funded!!!

We are officially over 100% funded! A EPIC-sized 'thank-you' to all the contributors that helped bring us to this point. Keep sharing the good word in the homestretch as there are still prizes and contests going on!

Oct 17th - EPIC Referral Contest:

Win a $200 puzzle prize pack by sharing the campaign link with your network! See more details on the Updates tab

Oct 3rd - Contributor Map for NEW UrbanQuest: 

All contributors will get added to this map. At the end of the campaign, we’ll travel to whichever city has the most contributors and create a new UrbanQuest as a sign of our appreciation. Even $1 counts, so make sure to get your city on the map!


The EPIC Quest is a huge, online, interactive puzzle. Five chapters, five weeks, $5,000 in cash prizes. The premise: clues and riddles will be hidden in every corner of the internet (think hidden pixels on websites or embedded clues in a cat video). To win and be crowned the EPIC Champion, you just need to solve all five chapters the fastest. You can request an EPIC pre-invite right now and check out a SAMPLE CLUE below: 

We’ve made it our full time job to create great puzzles, so we’re excited to present this one-of-a-kind challenge. We will begin production on EPIC as soon as the campaign wraps up. 

We love the community we live and work in, so it's important to us that we spread the love around. Over the past three years, we've been involved with producing the annual fundraising events for two national charities here in Ottawa, Canada. We're keeping the giving streak alive by letting winners choose a charity to also "win" through EPIC. Each winners' charity will receive a donation equal to the prize money that was won. So if you win $1,000, we'll also donate $1,000 to your charity. That's why we've called it "Win a Little, Give a Little!" 

We grew up on movies like Indiana Jones and have dreamed of becoming real life, mystery-solving heroes. We made a product that gives people a taste of that rush. Our real world UrbanQuest product gets people off the couch and solving clues in their own city. For the EPIC Quest, we wanted to build an online puzzle that everyone could take a crack at. We also got inspiration for the EPIC Quest from books like Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (we highly recommend it to all gamers and ‘80s kids!). 

A few months ago, we brought EPIC to life through a beta test with select users. The reception was very positive and we received great feedback that allowed us to work out the bugs. So, now we’re eager to bring the EPIC Quest to everyone!

As a contributor, you get our endless appreciation, gratitude ... and the following perks!

In order to make the EPIC Quest truly, well, epic, we need to design and build the required areas of the website.  We want it to look great and also have powerful back end technology for a smooth experience. Take a look below to see a breakdown of where the money is going. It mostly consists of awesome stuff like designing a live leaderboard but we’ll admit there is some boring stuff too, like lawyer fees (apparently, we need one).


If we raise more than $20,000!

We hope you will be interested in getting behind the biggest puzzle in Internet history.  We appreciate all of your support. Even if the event isn’t for you, we hope you’ll help spread the word about our campaign.  Please use the sharing tools to post about, tweet, and like EPIC! 

There is a team of dedicated puzzle sensei behind EPIC. At the helm are two guys that simply love gaming and a good adventure.  Anthony cut his teeth in San Francisco with the successful start-up Ingenio.com/Keen.com.  He has been involved with three start-ups and has a strong track record of building successful businesses. He considers himself the brains of the operation. Wes is the design guru. He brings to the table seven years of graphic and user design expertise. Wes thinks of himself as the good looks of the company. Both are proud nerds.  

UrbanQuest is where we make cool puzzles all day, when we’re not working on new ideas like EPIC. Our first product is a real world scavenger hunt that feels like the Amazing Race. Groups solve a series of clues that lead them from site to site in a city. It’s fun, you get to see interesting things, and you’ll even learn a thing or two along the way. Click here for a video demo.

Have a question? 

Email us anytime at epic@urbanquest.com!

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raised by 125 people in 1 month
101% funded
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$20,000 CAD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
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This campaign ended on November 8, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $5CAD
    'Thank you!' Coupon + Badge

    You'll receive a 40% discount code for an UrbanQuest in any city. PLUS, all contributors get a unique digital badge on our website to permanently recognize your support!

    8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $40CAD
    Early Bird: Quest Trio + Hint

    $40 gets you 3 UrbanQuests ($60 value). With over 35 cities in North America to choose from, it makes a great gift for friends and family! PLUS, a handy hint for EPIC AND a digital ‘early bird’ badge to permanently display your awesomeness on our site!

    25 out of 45 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $100CAD
    Get Your Face in EPIC

    For $100, we’ll figure out a way to include your face or name in a clue that has to be solved. What a fantastic way to promote that handsome mug of yours. Includes the $15 perk.

    9 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $500CAD
    Get Your Brand in EPIC

    For $500, we’ll include your brand in a clue that has to be solved. A delightfully devious way to promote your company logo or website. Watch out for sky high ROIs. Includes the $40 perk.

    2 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $2,750CAD
    UrbanQuest My City

    For a whopping $2,750, we'll create an UrbanQuest in any North American city of your choosing. Whether it's your own hometown or Juneau, Alaska, we'll go wherever you tell us and build a Quest from scratch. Includes the $40 and $500 perks.

    2 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $5,000CAD
    Name First Born After You

    OK, we can't actually do that. But for our biggest perk, we'll not only create an UrbanQuest in any North American city you choose, we'll also throw a private Quest event for you and up to 200 of your closest friends! Includes the $40 and $500 perks.

    0 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
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