Port cen­tre: expe­ri­ence the port in an app

The port of Antwerp is an unusu­al­ly inter­est­ing but com­plex ecosys­tem. How do you trans­late that to young peo­ple? Answer: via a visu­al­ly attrac­tive and inter­ac­tive app that vivid­ly tells the sto­ry of this fas­ci­nat­ing, vibrant environment.

Port centre: experience the port in an app
Client Havencentrum
  • Game design
  • Interfaces for kids

Intro­duce Young peo­ple to the world of the port.

The Antwerp Port Cen­tre wants to intro­duce young peo­ple to the world of the port. For the dig­i­tal natives of today, this ide­al­ly takes place in a com­bi­na­tion of a phys­i­cal tour and a gam­ing expe­ri­ence that direct­ly address­es this. Using this method many of the invis­i­ble’ process­es can be made vis­i­ble.

A per­fect fit for Bits of Love, which has exten­sive exper­tise in game design and seri­ous games for chil­dren. In col­lab­o­ra­tion with the cre­ative minds of Curi­ous Cats, they came up with the Jour­ney of the Banana app after sev­er­al work­shops, which vir­tu­al­ly takes young peo­ple, between ten and twelve years of age, to places they would oth­er­wise nev­er go. And also shows them the pos­si­bil­i­ties of the port as a future workplace.


  • Dif­fer­ent sto­ries about goods in the port
  • Inter­face and con­tent adapt­ed for the tar­get group
  • Fun mini games that let you con­trol the harbor

Intu­itive­ly & interactive

Because a lot of young peo­ple do not mas­ter the Dutch lan­guage (well enough), the app had to be devel­oped very intu­itive­ly. That’s why we opt­ed for the con­cept of the jour­ney the banana makes before it reach­es the port (and what hap­pens with it after­wards). With short films, ques­tions and inter­ac­tive assign­ments, the chil­dren learn how trade and pro­duc­tion work. In con­crete terms, the app con­sists of five minigames, built around spe­cif­ic tasks to be car­ried out dur­ing trans­port. For exam­ple, the chil­dren not only have to load and trans­port bananas but also have to guide the car­go boat safe­ly through the port

The client’s response was very pos­i­tive. The ini­tial sus­pi­cion of the super­vi­sors — this app will take away our work!” — soon gave way to enthu­si­asm. Espe­cial­ly when they noticed that thanks to the app, the chil­dren were even more com­mit­ted to learn­ing some­thing dur­ing the boat trip around the harbour.

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