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IAAPA Expo 2023, Edutainment Pass Program

IAAPA Expo | Nov. 13-17, 2023

Application Deadline | Sunday, October 1, 2023


The Edutainment Pass Program provides 50 emerging professionals within the Location-Based Experience industry with access to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Expo 2023. Emerging talent who are experiencing barriers and are aligned with our mission to promote inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility are encouraged to apply.

In addition to attending the event, program awardees will receive an annual IAAPA membership and separate professional development opportunities leading up to, during, and after the Expo. Travel assistance is also available for a limited number of awardees. Please see below for more details.


What is the IAAPA Expo?

The IAAPA Expo is the premier global event for the attractions industry, bringing together passionate professionals from around the world to shape the future of creating unforgettable guest experiences. 

To learn more, visit

What are Location-Based Experiences?

The industry at large has various names, including Themed Entertainment, Location-Based Entertainment, Attractions, and Travel & Leisure. Big Break Foundation identifies amusement and theme parks, museums, water parks, zoos, aquariums, science centers, family entertainment centers, live events, performing arts, immersive experiences, and industry vendors/suppliers as the Location-Based Experience Industry.​

Thank you to our sponsors

This program would not be possible without the support of our industry. Our heartfelt thanks to the sponsors whose contributions empower us to achieve our mission of inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility.

IAAPA logo
Mycotoo, the entertainment development company. A blue logo on a white background.
Blue telescope logo
Mall of America logo

If your company would like to sponsor this program, contact


IAAPA Expo Access

Includes expo badge, education sessions, networking opportunities, and more

Awardees to Receive

IAAPA Membership

Members get access to industry news, webinars, member events, and more for one year

Special Programming

Awardees get access to programs and resources provided by Big Break Foundation


Travel Assistance

Applicants may opt-in to be considered for a travel stipend or reimbursement that can be applied towards transportation, accommodation, meals, and parking.

To be considered, check 'Yes, I would like to be considered' when prompted in the application.

Please note travel assistance will be awarded to a limited number of applicants.

How Travel Assistance Works

Program awardees travelling to IAAPA from Central Florida are eligible for a $75 stipend, provided on the Expo start date (November 13). Receipts to be submitted to Big Break by December 13, 2023.

Awardees travelling to IAAPA from outside Central Florida are eligible for a $500 reimbursement upon submission of receipts.

Travel Assistance


Any person—regardless of gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, disability, faith or other identity or characteristic—is welcome to apply. 

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old.


Selection Process

Big Break Foundation is committed to creating a transparent and fair selection process that aligns with our values of inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility.​

Anonymized applications are used whenever possible to ensure an unbiased assessment.

Outlined here are key considerations of our award selection process:

  • Priority will be given to first-year attendees.

  • As part of our mission to amplify and foster diverse talent, we consider an applicant's background/identities as part of our evaluation criteria.

  • Additional factors considered include: academic and or/work accomplishments, financial need, extracurricular activities, community involvement/volunteerism, and commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility.

We are continuously reviewing and updating our processes to ensure fairness, equity and inclusiveness for all.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact

Selection Process

  Important Dates

Application Opens

Thursday, September 21, 2023


Sunday, October 1, 2023, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Award Notification Period

Week of October 9, 2023   


We strive to make our opportunities and experiences accessible to all. For questions, requests for accommodation, or suggestions on how to make our application process more accessible, please contact

Dates & Accessibility

Edutainment Pass Program Application

At Big Break Foundation, we deeply respect your privacy and the trust you place in us when you provide information during the application process. Any information shared by applicants will be used for evaluation purposes only. If you have questions or concerns, please contact

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Would you like to opt in to receive travel assistance that can be applied towards transportation, accommodations, meals and parking?
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