Digital Port Day enlists talking drone-robots as tour guides

Digital Port Day enlists talking drone-robots as tour guides

Rotterdam, 27 August 2020 - On Saturday 5 September, World Port Days will showcase the inner workings of the Port of Rotterdam during an event dubbed Digital Port Day. During the event, fans will be guided (digitally) by two talking drone-robots, Amy and Djimmy.
Amy is intelligent, rational and technically minded, Djimmy is a tough leader who craves the romance of the port. This makes the contemporary duo the personification of the port of Rotterdam, where hard-working people and innovative technology complement and strengthen each other on a daily basis.
Stichting Wereldhavendagen developed Amy and Djimmy in collaboration with Rotterdam Festivals and events agency Fjuze, which has a lot of experience with innovative use of technology. The presence of Amy and Djimmy at the Digital Port Day is unique as it is quite rare that drones are provided with a personality and used in such a way at a (digital) event.
"The uniqueness of drones is that they show a new perspective of a world only known to us from the ground up," says Klaas Rohde, owner of Fjuze. "For us, drones are flying robots, in which we see personalities.
"Thanks to Amy and Djimmy we can show a whole new side of the port of Rotterdam," says Sabine Bruijnincx, director of Stichting Wereldhavendagen. "We are very proud that thanks to the creative collaboration with Fjuze and Rotterdam Festivals we can offer our audience a real first during the Digital Port Day.

Digital Port Day Rotterdam: what to expect?

The Digital Port Day is an initiative of the World Port Days Foundation. On Saturday 5 September 2020, the website and social media of the World Port Days and media partners Rijnmond and OPEN Rotterdam will offer a glimpse into the past, present and future of the port of Rotterdam. The presentation is in robot hands of Amy and Djimmy and also flesh and blood 'Digital Port Reporters' Kirsten and Remco.
The audience can enjoy unique vlogs, live streams and live radio all day long with stories about special and innovative port companies and ships. There will also be beautiful photos and video footage with highlights from the past editions of the World Port Days. The day traditionally ends with a video recording of the evening show.
The Digital Port Day can be followed live on Saturday 5 September from 10:00 to 18:00 on the website of the World Port Days.

About the World Port Days

The World Port Days in Rotterdam attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, making it the largest annual maritime event in the Netherlands. In connection with COVID-19, the 43rd edition will not take place as a public event. Under the name 'Port Stories 2020' the port of Rotterdam will be put in the spotlight in various ways on 4 and 5 September 2020. The main sponsors/partners of the World Port Days are Port of Rotterdam, the Royal Netherlands Navy and Rotterdam Festivals.
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