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The Coffee Connector: Can a machine connect two strangers over coffee?

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 21 August 2014



The Coffee Connector: Can a machine connect two strangers over coffee?
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 170
Posted DateThursday 21 August 2014 11:20 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
Linkshttp://www.edb.gov.sg/content/edb/en/news-and-events/news/si ... 
http://tellart.com/projects/the-coffee-connector ... 
http://www.popsci.com/article/technology/machine-makes-you-m ... 
http://www.psfk.com/2014/04/networking-coffee-machine.html ... 

If you like the idea of Randomized Coffee Trials (where two people are connected at random to have coffee with each other) then I think you will love this coffee machine.

The machine known as the Coffee Connector was created by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and its agencies TSLA, Tellart and Strawberry Frog. This is what they say about it.

In Asia, Singapore often facilitates connections between companies and successful business ventures with a wealth of resources.

Our machine, the Coffee Connector, is this symbolic idea brought to life.

Designed for high-end conferences and networking events, the Coffee Connector only brews a cup of coffee when two attendees work together to request one.

Once you've found a partner, the machine's exposed kinetic brewing process engages viewers and uses interactive touchpoints to support the EDB's messaging.

I have no idea of the cost but I suspect it's a tad too expensive for wide use at conferences and in any case when getting a coffee at a conventional coffee machine its not too difficult to start up a conversation with the person next to you.

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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