I've known about Caine Monroy's story since he came into the public consciousness in 2009. I am pleased to see that he made it to TED Talks in 2010. Caine's story is the ultimate in DIY. Caine created with the help of his father, a homemade arcade which eventually attracted customers. His project became a phenomenon and how customers have donated funds to prepare Caine for a future college education in engineering.
A documentary has been made and now a new initiative called Imagination Foundation, which will assist kids to assist other children like Caine.
Beyond Caine's Arcade: Caine Monroy & Nivan Mullick at TEDxYouth@SantaMonica - 2010
All Caine Monroy wanted was for some people to come and play in his
homemade arcade. What he got has become so much more. Via a short film
posted on the internet just a few short months ago, Caine Monroy has
become an internet sensation. Nirvan Mullick is an award-winning
filmmaker and digital strategist, whose short film CAINE'S ARCADE has
taken the internet by storm and launched a worldwide movement. The story
of Caine and Nirvan is a wonderful example of human connection and what
amazing things can happen when people join together to help someone
fulfill a dream.
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