The Virtual Canteen
A space where digital nomads can gather together, virtually, to share their meals.
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Solution

Eating for most of us is a social act, or at least, is more enjoyable that way. The struggle for digital nomads and their companies is finding a way to build a solid community with their fellow virtual coworkers. Another struggle for digital nomads is scheduling and eating square meals. The Virtual Canteen allows digital nomads within a company to schedule times to share a meal or snack break with other members of the company, and provides a free space where they can chat, share ideas and cultural insights, and feel like they are truly an extension of the corporate and campus culture.

Which target group is your concept for?

digital nomads

How does digitization & connectivity create a unique eating experience?

Although the lifestyle of a digital nomad is full of adventure, it can also be filled with periods of loneliness and longing for community. Digitization serves to bring remote workers together to build a sense of community and a relationship outside of their working one. In the Virtual Canteen, digital nomads can share personal stories and insights from the road, bond with their fellow workers, and share their meals with other people who can also relate to their situation.

What other amazing features does your concept offer?

Digital nomads can organize meetups or working retreats, and even plan exchanges of spices, wines and other goods procured through travels. The company can also sponsor weekly photo competitions, so after each meal, participants in the virtual canteen can post a photo of their plate and members can vote on the most interesting meal of the week. Winners will receive a prize, whether it be monetary, a free day off, or a useful product or accessory.

What is the core idea behind your campus food experience?

The Virtual Canteen is designed to connect fellow nomads together to be a part of the family. Although their work life is fundamentally different than onsite campus workers, the exchange of international perspectives and cultural insights can be an asset to the company and foster valuable creativity, new ideas and knowledge sharing. It also provides a motivation for workers to spend a little more time scheduling and planning their meals, which can promote a healthier, more balanced work life.