The leaders in Audience Response Technology in South Africa
David WilsonManaging Director
Husband, Father, Event Professional, Presentoligist and Problem Solver who is passionate about life, people, education, and South Africa.
David is known as a pioneer in ‘Audience and Student Response Technology’. Over the past 15 years he has played various roles in several hundred conferences and events across the globe consulting with over 250 corporate companies. He has also provided services to over half of the South African Universities and many other Educational Institutions offering counsel on interactive technology.
David offers sound advice when it comes to what works and what doesn’t for presentations, meetings, conferences, events and interactive classroom technology.
Patricia NaidooOffice Manager
Pat is the office glue that keeps the team running efficiently. She deals with our outgoing quotes and liaises with clients on a daily basis.
Warning: She has attitude and knows how to use it. Patricia enjoys life, fun and the sun.
Laurianne BrownMarketing & New Business
Devoted wife and mother who is excited about being part of such a vibrant team. Passionate about marketing in this rapidly growing company.
Brett JudnickCustomer Support Event & Product Specialist
One of the techies behind the scenes who knows Turning Point inside-out. Brett is fond of baseball, malamute dogs and great tech products.
Sven LeisegangMedia & Event Specialist
One of the techies behind the scenes and a qualified architect who has too much blood in his caffeine system. He hails from KwaZulu-Natal, and is an obviously biased Sharks rugby supporter.
Xolani NkomoOffice Assistant
Xolani is our hard-working man behind-the-scenes. He works with Participate’s stock, and knows where any one of our rental keypads are at any given time.
Focused on integrity, superior quality and unparalleled service at all times.
WHAT WE OFFER
We offer fully serviced Audience Response Systems rentals and customisable Mobile Event Applications for conferences and events. We sell our keypads and clickers for corporate training, universities and classrooms. We also offer the mobile eBeam Interactive Whiteboards, Equil Smartpen and Smart Marker.
Rental Events and counting
Use our wireless voting keypads at your next conference or event. They can be used for conference voting, instant feedback, quiz shows, audience surveys and much more. In 2014 alone, we participated in 162 event days. That’s over 3 events each week!
Participate Technologies is proud to have already serviced over 280 companies across Southern & Sub-Saharan Africa. We are proud to have sold our Audience Response Technology (ARS) to over 200 companies and institutions!
ResponseCards Sold Since 2007
Would you rather own your own devices? Why not purchase from us, Participate Technologies has sold an average 15 Response Devices each and every day since 2007. That includes holidays, weekends and 2 leap year February 29ths!
We’re proud to be distributors in Southern Africa of the TurningPoint family of products from Turning Technologies as well as sellers of the Luidia product range, including the new Equil Smartpen and Smartmarker and popular eBeam Interactive Whiteboard.
In the last few years Audience Response Technology has taken on a number of names such as; ‘Digivote’ and or ‘Clickers’, Student Response Systems, Classroom Response Systems or ‘Rapid data collection tools’.
This technology allows measurable communication between a presenter and their audience.
An audience member responding to a question using our ResponseCard RF LCD.
How an Audience Response System Works
Three basic components make up a typical audience response system:
A software solution
response devices or keypads
A response receiver.
In its simplest form, a presenter through a presentation (e.g. PowerPoint®) can display questions, surveys, opinion polls or complex problems to an audience.
The audience responds via an input device (wireless keypad/handset/mobile device or computer). These responses are transmitted to the presentation computer for data collection and are available instantly for review. This data is normally also accessible for reports structured to meet practically any reporting need from individual participation scores to demographic and total group results.
What we offer:
Our flagship product TurningPoint Audience Response System integrates 100% into Microsoft® PowerPoint® and allows audiences and students to participate in presentations or lectures by submitting responses to interactive questions using a ResponseCard™ keypad or other hand-held/computer devices.
Using a TurningPoint audience response system, your PowerPoint presentations become powerful data collection and assessment tools that collect real-time audience responses and dramatically improve productivity and results for your business or educational organization.
Author, deliver, assess and report without ever leaving PowerPoint! Engage your participants, assess learning, gather data, or enhance your presentations using TurningPoint.
Beyond TurningPoint we provide a variety of software and hardware options for you to choose from to meet your unique meeting and learning needs.
Some of the most common challenges educators face with students in the classrooms of today are:
Shortened attention spans due to lack of stimulation in the classroom
Fear of participation due to peer pressure or fear of failure
An overwhelming load of administration
Complicated technology invading the teaching space
Insufficient time for one-on-one interaction with students
TurningPoint is the most user friendly, affordable Student Response Technology available for educators to transform their classrooms and lecture halls into interactive, stimulating and engaging learning environments. Students can participate anonymously in front of their peers, understanding is measured instantly and assessments both formal and informal can be graded by the touch of a button – ultimately freeing a teacher to teach!
The positive impact Student Response Technology has on classroom environments has been documented in multiple published research papers, educational articles and real-life success stories.
How does it work?
Keypads (commonly referred to as clickers) are distributed to students in the classroom. The teacher or lecturer then asks a question to the class. Now, instead of only one student raising their hand and answering the question, every student is given the opportunity to go through the critical thinking process of processing and responding to the question personally using the keypad. Immediately once the students have responded the results can be displayed to the class for review, reflection and discussion. The computer collects all response data which available for detailed reporting at the end of the lesson.
Smartphone adoption is increasing at a rapid rate and people are spending more time than ever before on their mobile phones. Announced at Mobile World Congress, as of 2013, mobile is now the world’s #1 source of media, ahead of TVs and PCs. This also means that more and more of your attendees are learning and interacting with your event via their smartphones and tablets.
With usage rates surging, mobile marketing is increasingly attractive to digital marketers and companies looking for more exposure.
If you’re an event planner hosting a meeting, conference, or trade show and you’re looking for new ways to create revenue streams, add value for sponsors, and create a more engaging event experience, a mobile event app may be just what you need.
Event app sponsorship combines both exposure opportunities and engagement opportunities. Exposure opportunities include traditional visuals like banner ads and enhanced listings, while martphone adoption is increasing at a rapid rate and people are spending more time than ever before on their mobile engagement opportunities such as sponsored surveys and games, provide a deeper connection between sponsors and attendees.
In all likelihood, your attendees are already on their mobile device checking email or social media for live updates on the event. An event app is the natural next step and every new opportunity for exposure an app offers is another source of revenue for your event.
Give our demo app a test run
Save, share and organize notes and sketches using real ink and real paper.
Write and draw naturally and express your ideas in a way that’s meaningful to you using Equil Note and Equil Sketch apps. Select from a range of colors and pen tips––and add text and photos to digitally enhance your notes. Save, organize, title, and tag your notes so you can search for and find content faster.
Convert your handwriting to text you can edit
Stop spending time typing up your handwritten notes! With Equil Note’s handwriting recognition feature, transform your notes into editable text to email your team, or convert selected content to enhance readability.
your ideas are too brilliant to keep to yourself…
Write anywhere. Capture everything. Share around the world.
Be more productive with Equil Smartmarker. Make your meetings more effective and interactive by streaming your notes in real time. Slip an everyday marker into the sleeve and wherever you go, whatever you write, with whatever device you use, you and your team can collaborate together easily.
Your whiteboard. Upgraded.
You can write on just about anything these days — walls with whiteboard paint, glass panels, smooth tables, and of course, those tried-and-true dry erase boards you’ve had for years. Wherever you whiteboard, Equil Smartmarker has you covered.
Whiteboards aren’t portable. You are.
We designed the Equil Smartmarker to be small and light so you can take it with you. It’s your essential whiteboarding companion whether you’re out in the field or bouncing around your workplace.
Ready, set, write.
Be spontaneous and creative. Using Equil Smartmarker is a breeze — just turn it on and start writing. With no calibration or training required, it doesn’t get in the way of your big ideas. With the sensor’s built-in memory, be confident that everything you write is saved.
The service rendered by Participate covered our needs and we are thoroughly satisfied by the results given. We were also extremely impressed by the professionalism and energy shown by David Wilson, and also his willingness to amend last minute changes to the questions etc.
"I just wanted to tell you how extremely impressed I was with your level of professionalism at our event.
You were so flexible and accommodating… We’ve used other suppliers in the past and found them to be so rigid. The fact that I was able to change my questions / presentation at the last minute was unbelievable.
I look forward to working with you again in the future."
“I just wanted to tell you how extremely impressed I was with your level of professionalism at our event. I thoroughly enjoyed working with you and the fact that you were doing the venue’s job at times was very impressive! You were so flexible and accommodating… We’ve used other suppliers in the past and found them to be so rigid. The fact that I was able to change my questions / presentation at the last minute was unbelievable. I look forward to working with you again in the future.”
I really enjoyed working with Participate! The staff where extremely friendly and truly went above and beyond to ensure that the service to the delegates and particularly the sponsor that utilised the system. They relived a lot of the stress from myself, the coordinator in terms of dealing with the venue.
“From day one I was extremely impressed with the service I got. Being clueless about the product, I called David numerous times for help and not once did I feel as if I was worrying him, rather he assisted me with patience always. I really feel that the service we receive is excellent at all times.”
“It was a great pleasure to work with you and I am looking forward to many more successful events!…Many, many thanks for pulling it all together! To everyone, thanks so much!”
This was the 2nd conference in which I worked with Dave and Brett and my experience with them has always been extremely pleasant.
I spent most of the day with Brett and he continually gave ideas on how we could leverage on the technology to enhance some of the conversations. I really appreciated this. Both Dave & Brett helped with setting up the venue, including sound, AV, etc. They didn’t have to, but they did, which meant that I could focus on other things.
We were very satisfied with the high quality and advanced technological solutions that you put together to meet our exact requirement. The delegates were very impressed with the ease at which they could navigate the mobile application and the wealth of information contained in the application. The use of the ARS created the perfect platform on which delegates and speakers could engage on while maintaining a professional and orderly interaction system.