IDEAS MEETING June 13, 2016
Attendees: Luke, Stephen, Sandra, Ben, Kris
1) LUKE – Japanese scroll printing
Luke is involved in Japanese tea ceremony, which involves old artefacts (old scrolls with brush writing on it); his teacher shows scrolls and explains the meaning (literal meaning, symbolic meaning, zen meaning).
Idea: digital archive and online service to collect/share/discuss/print scrolls; offer information about the meaning; scan scrolls and print them on rice paper on demand; sell prints
Stephen: asks, if the people who are interested in scrolls would appreciate receiving a print like that
Luke: provenance is important; the print would be a copy of an original scan of a certain person’s work, which would be relevant
Luke: The site would have to be designed to be multilingual à Luke may have a contact from the tea ceremony group that would have the required language proficiency
Luke: has contacts (his sensei has many scrolls – 100 poems) which could be digitised
Sandra: suggests to approach Japanese embassy and Japanese cultural centre for funding/contacts/cooperation
Luke: every tea sensei around the world will have his/her own collection of scrolls
Stephen: sell personalised scrolls for westerners with relevant characters (e.g. to a sports person “vigor, determination…” or to companies with characters relevant to their company philosophy); get involved with charities (e.g. Trudeau could brush paint a scroll for charity)
Ideas for names? Jiku (means scroll)
Sandra: maybe Luke could talk with Paul about the archiving portion of the project
Luke: paper quality is a challenge, depth of the ink is a challenge, mounting the scroll is a challenge
Stephen: print with shadow to simulate depth
Sandra: what would be a good platform?
Luke: it would have to be a content management system; third parties should be able to put content on it, but it would need to be curated; a moderator is required
Luke: museums have many priceless scrolls
Sandra: museums may have a need for archiving
Sandra: it would probably be very easy to build a forum for people to discuss the meaning of the scrolls; curators for third party submissions could be recruited among knowledgeable forum contributors
Luke: asks Ben for a state of the art forum tool that helps putting value comments at the top (upvoting) and keeps out the trolls
Stephen: Top 3 forum posts could be displayed in the content section
Luke: Filter tool to look for scrolls that relate to your interests (e.g. tea)
Luke: Incentive to upload scrolls - people could sell their scrolls through the site and get a share
Luke: Wants to talk to Hannah Cho
Accountability: Get some scrolls and try scanning by 13.07.2016
2) BEN – e-commerce
Taiga – ecommerce, allows you to run multiple stores with one account
An online tradeshow – you sell half yourself to consumers, the other half to other businesses
Upsell to register the domain
Open srs for DNS registration
$9/month or $60/year
Shopify is $30/month
3) Stephen – gym podcast
In the gym it’s difficult to do exercises right; people who are new to the gym may be tentative to try an exercise for fear of doing it wrong, people looking, judging, etc.
Idea: develop podcasts with step-by-step guide to do different exercises (e.g. bench press), like an audio trainer for gym newbies
Stephen: put QR code on the machine (cooperate with community gyms)
Sandra: would it hurt the gym’s interest in selling personal trainer service?
Kris: Remove liability – don’t even mention safety, make it only a “how to”
Luke: it should be possible to customise the voice of the coach
Sandra: where would the expertise come from?
Stephen: agregate information from communities, forums
Kris: mentions “Starting strength” by Mark Rippetoe as a good reference book
Related to another idea: guided audio tour in museums or in cities à do they already exist in Vancouver?
Kris: mentions vice.com documentaries about gnarly cultural practices, drugs, weapon deals, etc.
Luke: knows an Estonian person who’s into weightlifting that could be a coaching voice
Luke: gamify the gym experience
Stephen: unlock voices or features for achievements
Luke: reach out to famous fitness youtubers etc. to do voiceovers for you
Ben: How do you monetize it?
Stephen: advertising – clickable (podcast is listened to on the phone)
Ben: compares with Spotify – use free with advertising or pay to get it without advertising
Sandra: what about video? à not a priority, minimal viable product is just a pleasant voice/motivating voice
4) BEN: sex app “KOITR”
Idea: record performance data via apple watch
Application: check performance data to decide when to change position (could be indicated by colour change on the apple watch); after the act, rate the partner and post it on Facebook; gamify; watch to watch interface; diary component; bio feedback between apple watch and phone (heart rate, calories, decibels); Show partner’s heart rate on the watch, also when not engaged
Kris: mentions dayday band
Stephen: suggests to link it to the stereo and automatically turn up the stereo, when a certain amount of decibel is reached
Ben needs an IOS developer who deals with health data
D: mentions source for funding that Ben could pitch to for free labour: red academy cohort
Kris: can connect Ben to a person, who won funds that may be relevant
Kris: suggests to check out book about OK Cupid data
D: mentions johnmillward.com (deep inside, a study of 10.000 pornstars…)
Kris: suggests a more inquisitive character for the app
5) D – beer and coffee accountability tool
Idea: It would be good to have an easy way to keep track of beer and coffee consumption at Creative Coworkers; not intended as a control tool, but more as an accountability help for people to keep track of their consumption and pay up when they feel like they should settle the bill.
Kris: suggests i button (one button for coffee, one button for beer), web app that sends data to spreadsheet
Ben: may be able to help, he knows people who can help
Kris: another option could be using two old androids, keep one at the coffee machine, one at the beer tab; everybody gets their individual number that they could key in – this way people could also look up their own tally