CLiKAPAD Transforms Business Across the Pond
The implementation of a CLiKAPAD electronic voting system transformed processes at the US National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) earlier this month.
Founded over a century ago, the NCWM ensures that manufacturers and consumers across the United States are buying fair products, and are subject to fair competition. At their Annual Meeting, attendees vote on changes to US weights and measures standards using a 2-house system.
Traditionally, votes were cast using placards and raised hands. These would be manually counted, tallied and announced to the audience. The process was exceptionally time-consuming – especially where a close result demanded a recount.
This year CLiKAPAD were asked to revamp the process and streamline it with our ppvote software and wireless voting keypads. Replacing a manual count with an electronic audience response system (ARS) meant that the vote only took about 30 seconds to conduct, no recounts were necessary and results were immediately integrated into a PowerPoint presentation for both houses to watch in real time.
NCWM Chairman, Kristin Macey, acknowledged that while the traditional method was “cherished by many members”, the introduction of an ARS was “incredibly efficient” and provided an “interesting flair” to the Annual Meeting. We’re glad to have helped, and look forward to working with the organisation in the future.
At CLiKAPAD we pride ourselves on providing products and services that are flexible to the needs of your business.
In this instance for the NCWM, the system was purchased outright and new software was written specifically for this event, with development and training taking place via screen sharing.
We also offer two levels of Dry Hire (equipment only), suited to those who are comfortable managing the ARS themselves, or with minimal guidance.
If you would prefer, we can arrange a fully managed service, where one of our experienced Audience Response Technicians is on site throughout the rehearsal and main event. They can help you to set up and programme the ARS, and provide professional recommendations about handset usage.
For a free consultation about how a CLiKAPAD voting system could benefit your upcoming conference, workshop or event, contact us today.
The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP)
The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) is the national trade association representing providers involved in skills and employment delivery, responding to the needs of employers, learners and the local communities. One voice, making a difference.
CLiKAPAD were proud to be invited to support this year’s AELP National Conference for the fourth consecutive year. The two day conference had a packed agenda which a varied line-up of speakers including Government ministers, senior officials, employers and providers.
The conference chair, Reeta Chakrabarti of the BBC News team, ensured an exciting pace for the conference as well as running in depth panel sessions with the array of high profile speakers.
The CLiKAPAD voting keypads were used to poll the audience on a number of key topics throughout the plenary sessions. Voting results were displayed instantly to provoke panel discussion and debate.
For more information about the AELP, click here.
Fate Decided at the Push of a Button
At CLiKAPAD, we’re accustomed our keypads being used in conferences, industry events and training sessions – after all, they’re the perfect tool for gathering accurate data from a large crowd. Combined with the ppvote software, the Audience Response System can quickly and effectively poll any live audience for their feedback and opinions, for you to use their responses in real time.
Recently, they were used for a much more dramatic purpose; to decide the fate of the accused in a high-profile court case…
Terror, a play by Ferdinand von Schirach, is centred around the trial of a fighter pilot, forced to make a morally challenging decision in the line of duty. The case is presented over the course of the performance, ultimately building for a judgement to be made – not by a jury, but by the audience.
Currently showing at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, Terror hands the power over to the audience using our own CLiKAPAD handsets, with each participant casting a vote to determine whether the defendant should be condemned or absolved. The cast then play out one of the two alternate endings, according to the verdict decided just moments beforehand.
Terror has received excellent reviews from the national press, giving evidence to our claim that adding interactivity really does increase audience engagement!
We are always delighted to help our clients come up with new and creative ways to use an Audience Response System, so if you’re thinking about how to incorporate one into your presentation, theatrical performance or something else entirely – don’t hesitate to give us a call.