Federal Press Office

Multi-touch Scanner Tables for Open House Day of the Federal Government

The annual open house day of the German Federal Government in Berlin has a long standing tradition: every year, the Federal Chancellery, the Federal Press Office, as well as all fourteen Federal Ministries open their doors to the citizens for one entire weekend.

In their collaboration with mediapool Garamantis had the chance to interactively co-design the event taking place at the Federal Press Office on Reichstagsufer on 25th and 26th of August 2018.

Two multi‑touch scanner tables gave visitors the opportunity to lay out their wishes and ideas for Europe’s future on analog postcards and then digitize those. The suggestions were displayed on the table and later evaluated content-wise. This installation’s focus was on the playful and participatory approach to politics.

Besides this, there was an interactive EU jigsaw puzzle that could be solved either alone or in teams and in the process provided the players with fundamental information on each country. Visitors visibly enjoyed this playful examination of size, shape and location of the EU member states, and it fueled their ambition.

The tables also displayed the multitude of the Federal Government’s online activities under the motto #HalloPolitik on various social media platforms, as well as a big info map for the open house day with information on all the locations.

Apart from contributing the multi-touch tables, Garamantis also realized an on-stage quiz for two players and one host, in which the players stood at two buzzers and the host behind a presentation screen. The audience followed the actual game with its questions and alternative answer options on a big screen on the stage. Modular blocks of questions and the possibility for the host to directly influence the course of the questions facilitated a stage program fitting for visitors, politicians, and kids as well.



Project facts

  • Client: mediapool
  • Context: Open House Day of the Federal Government
  • Implementation time: 8 weeks
  • Finishing date: August 2018
  • 2 multitouch-scanner-tables
  • interactive EU jigsaw puzzle
  • on-stage quiz
Martin Glass

Both new developments and project handovers have worked well with Garamantis. Flexibility, teamwork and communication led to the highest level of professionalism and an optimal result for the customer.

Martin Glaß, Projectmanager, mediapool
Bernd Mahler

The multi-touch table by Garamantis has turned out to be an absolute crowd puller. Especially in the diverse range of a fair a welcome attraction for the exhibition stand of the Federal Government. The applications realized on the table were performant. For short-term requests for changes and additions, the Garamantis team responded creatively and quickly. I look forward to upcoming projects with colleagues from Garamantis.

Bernd Mahler, Projectmanager, mediapool
Image gallery and social media channels of the federal government on the interactive touch table
Customized multitouch software inspires visitors
interactive EU puzzle at the Multitouch Table in the Federal Press Office
Visitors inform themselves and participate at the Federal Government's Open Day in Berlin

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