CU Lockdown Trivia

with Julie Laut

Spark Joy. Build Community.

Wherein a bookworm and activist in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, missing friends and craving connection, created an online trivia game in at the start of the pandemic. To her delight, that small spark blossomed into a weekly gathering, raising $38,500 for non-profits to date. Join us as we continue to spark joy and build community.

The Weekly Game

How It Works


Every Friday night, teams across Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, the country, and the globe come together to match wits. Find out how the game works.

Custom Events

Julie Laut, Trivia Host extraordinaire, can create a custom game for your family, friends, charity, or professional organization. Learn more about commissioning a game.

About Julie

Julie Laut, PhD, started CU Lockdown Trivia in March of 2020 to build community and bring us all together, at home.



CU Lockdown's (aka CULT) Friday night games raise money for community efforts in the Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, area. Learn more about our partner organizations!

Sustain CULT

Help defray the costs of running the game (Julie's labor, Zoom account, professional Gmail account, web hosting, etc.). Use Patreon for ongoing support and PayPal or Venmo for periodic support.


CU Lockdown Trivia (aka CULT) has created joy and built community during this difficult time. Read players reactions to the game.