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Play Appreciation “Hot Seat”

Everyone else tells the person in the hot seat why they appreciate them and expresses gratitude for their work and any help or kindnesses.

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Play Appreciation “Hot Seat”

This is a good activity for annual retreats, employee orientation and other events that provide time for games. Have members of the team sit one at a time in a “hot seat.” Everyone else tells the person in the hot seat why they appreciate them and expresses gratitude for their work and any help or kindnesses recently given, etc.

Hot Seat is the adult party game that's all about you. What's your spirit animal? What's your safe word? What do you refuse to do unless you're drunk? Even more importantly - what do your friends think? Find out who thinks your spirit animal is a drunk alpaca... and who thinks it's an accountant. Are you ready for a round of Hot Seat?

Idea Title

Hot Seat: A party game for finding out who your friends are

How the Idea will inspire the experience and expression of gratitude within an organization.

Hot Seat aims to minimize pretense and mockery feelings displayed in offering gratitude solely because games have a way of breaking the ice and easing interactions. It will create the space for people to step out of their comfort zones to show gratitude to people they appreciate, but may not engage with on a daily basis. Additionally, to help people articulate and express their gratitude in more genuine way.

Who are you innovating for?

Employees and employers of Sai Office Point. Sai employees about 200+ staff that do sales and marketing for their products, therefore Hot Seat would encourage them to genuinely express gratitude and increase overall morale and quality output.

What type of workplaces are you innovating for?

This idea is intended to serve about 350 to 500 employees of Sai Office Supplies in Uganda (East Africa), but can be applied in any other parts of the world.

How you envision the Idea being introduced to your selected organization?

I will introduce the idea to the overall Managing Director of Sai Office Supplies Uganda, if accepted he will in turn introduce it to other MDs in Kenya and Tanzania. Furthermore, upon acceptance Hot Seat will be marketed among members of staff and the Manager in Uganda and those other countries will be able to receive the cards.

What obstacles, if any, do you foresee in implementing this Idea, and how would they be overcome?

Production of Hot Seat should not be a problem. I have contacted my supplier and have successfully accepted to supply to us the cards. The game has been designed and prototypes have been built by the same supplier that will also be responsible for manufacturing your copy. The biggest risk to this project is an unforeseeable event that would delay production and/or shipping but this is minor and can be overcome by proper planning.

How will you test and prototype your solution?

Starting with 3-4 company departments will allow me to find out if the game is applicable in reality and the rules are clearly understood by all participants in the game, but also will help me to study the effectiveness and efficiency in the modes of delivery.

What immediate next steps will you take if you receive an implementation grant.

It would enable me to prototype the Hot Seat using three to four departments to gather feed back which will help in refining it to suit our target audiences and be able to expand and scale-up to all company departments in all their country of operation. I could also bring this up on the road to present at conferences and other professional groups.

At what stage of development is your Idea?

  • Prototyping: You have conducted some small tests or experiments with prospective users and will continue developing idea through these tests.

Please describe from where your Idea emerged

This is an individual idea to this platform.

Tell us about yourself

I am an Assistant TV MD with experience in television and radio broadcasts, an entrepreneur, innovator and designer.

Where are you / your team located?

Uganda, Kampala

Tell us about your experience

Yes i have worked on several entrepreneurial projects but am also a designer


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Ho Joseph Mulabbi ,

Great to see you in the Ideas Phase! I'm curious, how would you measure success with this initiative?

Looking forward to learning more!

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Hi Lauren,
Success shall be determined by number of Hot Seat company/organization subscribers and the demand curve for the cards.
Secondly success shall be measured based on the scalability plan i.e starting with Uganda but with plans of penetrating through Kenya and Tanzania.