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Pokerzen ---ICONIC FUTURE GAME to promote self discovery through "Not knowing is most intimate" Experience

This design is aiming for mankind to experience "true self" with a legacy that will revolutionize global entertainment industry.

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

The world doesn’t stand still, to stimulate and modify human behavior, to trigger all human senses, concepts and symbols, Pokerzen project is an experience design project practicing the design of a future game focusing on the quality of the user experience and culturally relevant solutions. Pokerzen experience is aiming to revolutionize the entertainment industry and define new standards and add educational goals towards the final products and services. The project draws on many disciplines from; perceptual psychology, cognitive science, architecture and environmental design, haptics, product design, theatre, information design, ethnography, brand strategy, interaction design, service design, storytelling, technical communication and design thinking. The idea for PokerZen House relies on creating the space where players can play poker and zen mind actors can perform. Nevertheless it should be more than that. It’s a building where the game concept influences the totality of itself. The main level is divided in five spaces: the entrance hall, the courtyard, the teahouse, the baths and the playground. Inside the playground there are three level of maze, meditation boxes and poker tables. Ancient knowledge is crucial to the position of those elements, since this organization brings harmony and balance of the energies that inhabit the building. the challenge lies in when players take risky action with materials gain/loss, while performers of zen practice require empty mind of detachment, the contrast of this Immersion experience provide sensation of comfort and uncertainty, Meanwhile practice (Zen lifestyle) through some kind of tools that are more approachable, in this case the poker game itself. Poker has all the attributes of a great meditation technique. It is a mind game of the first order. It calls for knowledge of math, psychology strategy, tactics, and self- discipline. In another word, bridging Peace and Prosperity then is achieved.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

people who are interested in experience or change inner self. Monks & Gamblers, Astronauts & Archaeologists, Donald Trump& Kim Jong Un, Bred Pitt& Zhouxun, Narcissists and Autismers , Pope& Warren Buffett, People who hate purple & People who love blue, Coffee Haters& Tea addicts, Haruki Murakami & His followers, Peter Zumthor & Spa cleaners, Jiangwen & Wangshu, Dads& husbands, Geeks &Hipsters , Surname Sun & Hilton family, Yann Tiersen & Ryuichi Sakamoto, Pianists& Palm readers, IDEO&Davos Forum, Bankers& Eco-friendly farmers, Neighbors & Eskimos ,Shamans& Philanthropists, Paulo Coelho & Alchemist, George Clooney & Aung San Suu Kyi ,Secret society members& Free-Masoners, Elon musk & Sophie Marceau,Russian soccer players& Israel lobbyists, Fengtang&Wangshuo, Fengjiang&Tute Costa,Tibetans & Tahiti residents …etc

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

Pokerzen is holding two sharp swords striking into the heart of one of most profitable organization – Casino, and one of largest non-for profit organization – Zen Buddhist monastery, and bring insights from very diverse environmental materials, operations and spirituality practices, to modify the human behavior, to bridge between peace and prosperity is truly celebrate the inner core of each human in this world, it’s all about the concept. Not in any comparison to a tradition gaming house, pokerzen house has an self-exploration educational goal embedded. It's not just an entertainment, it's also a consciousness elevating experience, carefully choreographed give-and take power, rhythm, parry, thrust, withdrawal and retreat. At the heart of truth, pokerzen is to modify human behavior, subvert the conventions of religion, and make a new era of entertainment.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Prototype: I have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

A NGO In Geneva affiliated with a COMPANY in San Francisco ( international campaign ) ( NGO status on pending) ( registration and trademarks pending )

Expertise in sector

  • 7+ years

Organization Filing Status

  • No, but we plan to register in the future.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

in 2009 while I was seeking the meaning of life six months before Pokerzen concept was born I left my Graduate Institute in Chicago and began a road trip to Mexico which I have realized there are just no more Institutional knowledge I needed to know from the outside world but to achieve a higher goal of Education knowing about the self. and 10 years past, I couldnt agree more on that decision, the challenge now is how to engaged with world audiences who are in great needs of self exploration.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

Peace has been affected by ongoing religious tensions. Universal spiritual approach of Zen and its generic meditation techniques has become the global phenomenon. Prosperity experienced by developed regions with its flamboyant vanity and divergence, highlights the problem and controversies arising among fundamental questions of spiritual maturity. Dualistic divisiveness and dogmatic faith within the legacy religious and spiritual movements are not being addressed. New era of inclusiveness, diversity and tolerance are not just artificially imposed values, but natural tendency of human societies to find equanimity and price in the midst of dynamic and naturally diverse life. This allows development of a new standards of wisdom to enter. PokerZen is attempt to create a game with rituals and where people can see the things the way they really are: to not only master the game, but to master themselves ,and developed awareness and insight through the direct experience.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

Creative, Film Producer, Retreat developer. Spiritual guru, NGO runner, Global Nomads, Water Specialist, Experience Designer, Architect, Construction Manager ,Academic Researcher Service Designer, Theatre Director, Sustainable Development Manager, Innovation Manager Creative Director, Water Specialist, Water Treatment, Investor, Financer, Government Relationship coordinator, Fashion Designer, IT solution provider, Branding, Social Media Marketers, International Travel Agency owner, International Payment solution ,Spiritual Outreach, Business Developer ,Editor, Lawyer, Interior Designer, Textile designer, Astrologist, Event Organizer Personnel Training, Media, Admin ,Artist manager, Music Composer, Actor, F&B, Chinese Doctor, Film Production Advisor, Still photographer, Google Glass, International Zen Buddhist Community, Attending workshops. Gatherings, meetings, seminars. Result: 1) film, 2) games 3) retreat

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

The competitive advantages of the group and individuals prioritize self-awareness, from employees to users. From contractors to our partners, we constantly deliver benefits towards becoming a better and complete human being. The growth of longevity and mindfulness will also be the result. The collective consciousness will help the community to grow a non-dual mindset, the conflicts between ideology of east and west will be dissolved.

Geographic Focus

This idea target a world-wide audience,particular western young adults carrying Eastern philosophy

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

2018-2019 Produce FILM:" Rhapsody of Pokerzen”, international casting and production teams and International crowd funding campaign to promote self discover. 2019-2020 Develop Games/Entertainments, Live events, augmented Videos, mobile apps/devices, physical and virtual space with mixed reality content. 2020-2021 Construct Pokerzen houses in global retreat destinations for self-healing to protect human conscious in a physical space, and store wisdom &wealth to allow sustainability.

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No
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two minutes case film submission to 2018 Cannes international Creativity Festival under the category of Titanium lion award.


Served as a reference/guide book for collaborators to land their creativities on.


history backgroud of pokerzen and the user experience journey within pokerzen house. submission to Red Dot design award - shortlists for design concept( habitat)


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Dongzhe - fyi, the link to your website ( does not seem to work.

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hey jesse, thanks for your review, currently we are rebuilding the website with a new information structure, there are previously website mocksups,you can find through the "dream plan.pdf" in the attachment, which also serve as the design guide for collabrators to land their creativity on.

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this is an game development platform possibly could apply for you to use some of the practical tools to develop with VR techonology.

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Thanks. Our CaCaw project is actually in AR, not VR and fortunately we have been developing games using the Unity engine for almost a decade and they are a rapidly becoming a leader in the mobile AR space ( We are also leveraging Apple's ARKit (getting excited about the release of ARKit 2 - and Google's ARCore - ( and as well as Google Maps new AR support ( I have not personally worked in VR, but I know Unity has great VR support, so if you decide to leverage Unity for your project, definitely let me know.

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