WICHITA, Kan., September 29, 2015 -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- The Mountain-Plains Museum Association (MPMA) has named Gibson Group’s DIGIE exhibition for the El Paso Museum of History as the winner of their 2015 Best Exhibit Technology Award. The MPMA Technology Competition recognizes museums for innovative and effective use of technology to serve the needs of their audience.
DIGIE opened to much local fanfare in February as the first digital wall of its kind installed in the United States. Based on Gibson Group’s earlier work with the Copenhagen Wall or Væggen, DIGIE runs on the internally developed Touch City™ Digital Wall platform. The technology allows multiple users to explore the past, present, and future of their city on a massive interactive wall.
Since its unveiling, DIGIE has recorded over 9 million individual touches with museum goers sending thousands of digital postcards from the wall to friends and family. Visitor engagement with DIGIE measures to be almost 5 times greater than the original Copenhagen Wall. More impressively, the El Paso Museum of History reports that overall visitor numbers have nearly doubled!
Established in 1953, MPMA is a regional museum association that provides services to museum professionals in ten states: Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming. MPMA is one of six regional associations in the United States that work in conjunction with the American Association of Museums.
MPMA President, Michael Smith announced the awards winners earlier this month after a jury of museum and media professionals closely examined a number of nominations from around the country. The awards will be presented during the association’s annual conference in Wichita, Kansas, S, Lincoln, Nebraska, September 28 – October 1.
About Gibson Group
Gibson Group has been designing and building high profile visitor experiences that integrate spatial and digital storytelling for almost 20 years, and producing multimedia for film, television, web and exhibitions for 37 years. Headquartered in the creative hub of Wellington, New Zealand, they have designed and installed numerous exhibitions on four continents, and distributed their media productions to over 80 territories.
About the El Paso Museum of History
The El Paso Museum of History exists for the educational benefit of the community and visitors. It promotes the understanding and significance of the rich multicultural and multinational history of the border region known as the Pass of the North.
The museum serves its mission through changing exhibitions, community outreach programs, living-history presentations, lectures, tours, and craft workshops. It engages diverse audiences exploring varieties of human experience and encourages individuals to explore the past and reflect on their own place in history.
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