Is the Voting Keypad dead?

Voting Keypad

As most people use smartphones these days and more and more voting apps being available, is this the end of the road for the voting keypad (voting pads) you see at conferences and events?

For the last 10 years voting keypads have become extremely popular at conferences and events to create more interactivity amongst delegates and presenters. The idea of using voting keypads has perhaps been partly due to programs such as ‘Who want to be a millionaire’. More recently, voting apps at events that run on peoples smartphones have become more popular. Perhaps this is partly down to the X-factor’s downloadable app!

So is this now the end of the keypad? We don’t think so (for the time being at least). We have listed below what we believe are the benefits of both Apps vs Keypads.

Benefits of Keypads

  • It works straight out the box and no need to rely on Wifi and internet access.
  • Very simple to use, no need to download apps or enter a URL into web browsers.
  • All pads are pre-tested for reliability.
  • Mobile devices can distract delegates who are tempted to get distracted by emails or social media.
  • Presenters may find it off-putting seeing delegates using their mobile devices.

Benefits of using voting app. on mobile phone 

  • It offers much more functionality, such as the ability for delegates to send questions to the presenter.
  • It offers opportunities to promote company branding.
  • There is no need to distribute keypads.
  • It is more cost effective with large numbers of delegates.
  • Most app. systems don’t require users to download an app. It can simply function in a standard web browser.

In conclusion the main thing that is holding back the use of mobile apps is having to rely on venue Wifi / internet access or mobile internet. (unless the app system is running on local servers) While in the next few years Wifi systems are becoming more advanced with better coverage and speed with cellular networks (such as 5G rollout), we anticipate keypads being used less and less.

For advice and consultation with planning your next event or to review how our audience response system can help you create an interactive event, please contact our London or Hampshire offices on 01962 867759 or email