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Play It Forward

Play It Forward is a modern new twist on an old concept. Using a range of skills, teams work against the clock, to complete as many random acts of kindness as possible. The amazing feel good factor is what makes this a unique and memorable team building experience unlike any other!

  • Play It Forward - Give a stranger a flower.
  • Play It Forward - Have a break, have a kit-kat bar.
  • Play It Forward - Show your local fireman your appreciation.

Give back and gain!

You may have heard of "pay it forward" - an expression describing a selfless good deed. But Play It Forward takes it to the next level as a completely unique philanthropic team building activity that will have your teams working together for the benefit of others in your local community.

The concept is really simple – complete as many random acts of kindness as possible within a set time frame to earn points and climb up the live leaderboard. Using a small cash allowance, teams will need to work together in order to complete the challenges. They'll submit evidence in the form of photos and videos, right on their smartphone using our custom built app.

Challenges are fun, heart warming, and creative. They all focus on simple random acts of kindness that will literally amaze strangers and restore their faith in humanity. It's no walk in the park though - your teams will need to use their time and money wisely, work together strategically and demonstrate their ability to think outside the box.

Unlike many other team building activities, Play It Forward has that "feel good factor", which comes from taking time out to do things for others.  Selfless good deeds often result in a positive chain reaction during and after the event. Your team will be amazed at how it's often the little things in life that make a big difference to others.

If you're looking for a really fresh, smart and fun activity, then Play It Forward is the perfect solution. Your team will appreciate taking time out of the office to get to know each other, while giving back to people in their local community. This activity has a massive bang for its buck as it positively impacts so many people in very special ways.

Event Overview & Features

Play It Forward uses our custom-built smartphone application, making it suitable for groups of any size, in any location. During the activity, teams work together to sort through the long list of fun and wacky random acts of kindness that they access on their smartphone. The harder the challenge, the more points, so teams will need to think creatively and strategically to earn as many points as possible before the time runs out. Everything is automated and completed in real-time, which makes it an exciting, fun and entertaining activity. Teams will also have access to the live leaderboard and can see the activity unfold in their live stream –accessed right from the smartphone application.

Quick Facts to Know

  • Activity Level: Low to moderate

  • Event Duration: One to three hours

  • Team Size: Two to six

  • Group Size: Four to 10,000+

  • Best Venue: Outdoor

  • Seasonal: Year round

  • About Your Group

    Your colleagues are looking for a fun, rewarding and entertaining activity that will test their problem solving, time management and communication skills. They enjoy a challenge and friendly competition as part of an inclusive, supportive activity.

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    Listen to our event update by Jordan who ran an Play It Forward event in Calgary, Alberta for a group of employees from a local school.

    Listen to our event update by Dolena who ran a Play It Forward in Toronto, Ontario for a group of employees from a local communications company.

    Recent Feedback

    “Excellent pre and post-event follow-up. Great event concept of "Play it Forward" based upon random acts of kindness and "Pay it Forward". Professional, prompt and friendly customer service.”

    - Purdue Pharma

    "The team had a great time yesterday. Great missions on Play it Forward! We even had a member donate blood for the first time!!"

    - SAP Marketing

    "Our group had a great time doing this event and we would definitely do it for other groups in the future. We were given all the information we needed well in advance and our contact even phoned a few days before to make sure we had everything we needed."

    - Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

    Listen to an employee from a telephone, cable and internet service company describe their experience with the Play It Forward team building activity.

    Listen to an employee from a property management company describe their experience with the Play It Forward team building activity.

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    Your investment includes:

    • Custom-built Play It Forward
    • A password-protected smartphone activity, made private for your group
    • Access to the live leaderboard and activity stream
    • Full, personal instructions for you and your team
    • The option to add on custom challenges

    You provide:

    • One Android phone or iPhone per team
    • We recommend one backup phone per team
    • Access to active Apple Store or Google Play accounts to download the application
    • Device data or Wi-Fi connectivity where the event is taking place
    • A designated start and end location for participants to meet
    • Optional: awards or prizes for winning teams or honorable mentions

    Event investment levels

    Self-Guided Smartphone Powered Events: ($10-$55 per person) If you would like to run this activity yourself, pricing for the majority of groups we work with ranges from $10 to $55 per person. For larger groups we’ll be as flexible as possible to work within your budget. Pricing does not include any venue or location rental fees.

    Hosted Smartphone Powered Events: ($50-$150 per person / minimum investment of $3,250) If you would like our team to be on-site to run this activity for you and your group, pricing for the majority of groups we work with ranges from $50 to $150 per person. For smaller groups we do have a minimum total investment level of $3,250. For larger groups we’ll be as flexible as possible to work within your budget. Pricing does not include any venue or location rental fees.

    Express Smartphone-Powered Activity: ($5-$20 per person). If you need a quick shot of team building that will inject energy and fun into a short amount of time, the express version of this activity may be a good option for you. At just $5 to $20 per person, express activities come with fewer challenges and a recommended timeframe of one hour or less. Pricing does not include any venue or location rental fees.

    Contact us for a fast and personalized proposal that addresses your program specifics, group dynamics, objectives and budget. If it turns out the solution you had in mind initially is not a good fit, we’ll explore together with you to find one that is. We have popular alternatives at other investment levels.

    What's next?

    Give us a call at 1-800-565-8735 or email one of our event solutions experts at info@canadianoutback.com, who will work with you to find solutions based on your event specifics, group dynamics, objectives, and budget.

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