The relief organisation MISEREOR is always looking for new ways to promote its, "2 Euros Help" initiative. Table Football for Africa is an interactive donation box in the form of a table football game, complete with all the adversities you might expect at a typical African kick-about.

The 2 Euro donation goes directly towards promoting sports for children and young people in Rwanda and South Africa. A facebook app spread word of the campaign on the social web with a ticker and live stream, drawing attention to the initiative and encouraging more giving.

Der Kicker

Special elements added to the table make the game a more like a real African football match: a sandy and uneven ground, figures on crutches, a tree in the middle of the field, and a well that can easily swallow the ball mid-play.
The inside edges of the table show off other meaningful projects that will be supported by the donations. The game is also available for mobile devices and on Facebook, presented in a striking African design.

Die Technik

How does it spread on the Internet?

When players log-on to their facebook profile, their friends can follow the game with the live-ticker and, using a special pin-board, make their own donations online. An integrated camera also broadcasts every game, live on Facebook.

The centrepiece of the system is an Arduino board. This board is able to register events during the game using integrated sensors. An LTE stick then sends this information to the game server. A Flash Media Live Encoder running on a Mac Mini sends the camera signal to the streaming provider, Ustream.

Making-Of

Many thanks to the team at Materialschlachten and to illustrator Eva Salzmann for their support and dedication.

Afrika Kicker auf Tour

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