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Cafun - The Internet Café where people can socialize, work, be creative & have a coffee

Cafun is a place of creativity and fun surrounded by inspiration. It is a place where groups of people that have never met each other before, can have a laugh and get creative by participating in fun activities.

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Cafun would feature the following:

Puzzles, quizzes & activities that rotate depending on the day of the week such as

T shirt printing, tie dying, paint flicking onto canvas, themed quizzes, origami, knot tying, pottery, paper maché, card making, stitching, halloween pumpkin carving, smoothies/fruit juicing, simple baking (cup cakes, brownies etc...)

  • Voting via an app for what channel is on the tvs / radio with a constant instant messaging chat to discuss what to watch or listen to

  • Feltips and paint readily available, this will encourage people to contribute to existing doodles, sketches and drawings on walls

  • Different walls will be designated to different themes (handprints, cartoons, doodles, etc..)

  • Before the walls are coated with their monthly white paint to create a blank canvas photographs will be taken and uploaded to twitter, facebook and instagram to raise public awareness

  • Foosball & pool table - computerised queuing system so you always play a new face

  • Comments box and email so constant feedback and ideas can be received and appropriate ideas or improvements can be put into place

  • Rewards such as a free breakfast for ideas that are used and people will be credited

  • Free coffee for first timers to encourage new faces

  • A shelf dedicated to unpublished books where unknown authors could leave their own for others to enjoy and review

  • All activities are free if you buy a meal and drink otherwise they are £5 per person

  • There could be potential funding from the government/council as this idea would help the community by bringing people together in a creative environment

  • If over time Cafun became well known we could organise Cafun call-out classes that travelled to universities & work places working with people and getting them involved in a one day activity in the comfort of their own building

*New* Refinement question: What will the future look like with your idea in it?

Promotion via the internet could create an interest on foreign land about Cafun; then possible expansion could occur via franchises.

If Cafun became well known and was successful we could enforce it as a brand and potentially create a clothing line. People walking around wearing Cafun shirts with slogans such as ‘Come and have some fun at Cafun!’ or ‘Buy some toffee and get a free coffee!’

In this challenge, we want to create ideas with young people, not for them. Outline how you’re planning to involve young people or other end-users (parents, teachers, etc) in designing, iterating or testing your idea during the Ideas phase.

Young people will be a key role within Cafun.

They will provide the enthusiasm and happy faces that will serve you your coffee, help you connect to the Wi-Fi, provide you with all the feltips you need for your comic strip or whatever else your creative desire might require.

How might you envision your idea spreading across geographies or cultures so that it inspires young people around the world to cultivate their creative confidence?

The easiest way for information to travel overseas is through the Internet. Hence Cafun will have instagram, twitter and facebook to provide followers with a constant live stream of current themed events and competitions.

Once something is posted on a social networking site it can be viewed all over the world and an increasing number of people will want to be a part of it. It will also allow people with a busy life style to still be a part of Cafun without even coming in for a coffee. Whilst on the move participants in activities could keep updated via social networking apps on their smartphones.

What skills, input or guidance would you like to receive from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea further?

How could I create a Cafun brand & create merchandise that people would buy for example a t shirt with a Cafun logo printed on?

What do you think I could add to Cafun that would help break the ice and encourage new people (other than a free coffee)?


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Photo of Bidur Gurung

Very interesting activity, would love to be a part of it. Talking to a strangers can be bit tricky but I think it would work out very well in the form of doing stuff. I like the idea of expressing your thoughts on the wall. Good job!

Photo of Asif Masood

I think the talking to strangers is a good idea because it would build confidence bid :)

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