Fads and fashions come and go, but every now and then you stumble upon an idea that’s so revolutionary it can’t fail. Enter Speedquizzing. Modern life has rendered the traditional pub quiz obsolete and Speedquizzing has filled the gap it left – ensuring a new way to enjoy quizzes in pubs, bars or schools.
If you haven’t heard of Speedquizzing before, here is how it works. Anyone wishing to host an event simply pays a one time fee (or a subscription for a specific length of time), picks from a selection of question and answer sheets through the www.speedquizzing.com website, and sets up a wireless network. At a Speedquizzing event, the host sets up their own laptop to a speaker system and participants download the Virtual Buzzer app to play; 32 devices can be connected to the system at the same time, and up to eight players on each device means a lot of people can be involved.
It all sounds simple, but the clever part about it is the fast-paced nature of the game, which puts an end to cheating on Google by simply not allowing enough time to do a search! As any pub quiz fan will know, there is little more frustrating than seeing an opposing team obviously Wikipedia the answer and then end up walking away with the prize.
The New Speedquiz
When the brothers Leach came up with the concept, it was designed as a smartphone version of a pub quiz, specifically. Since they have worked on rebranding the concept to be used in a wide variety of contexts, so while some upscale bars may have been put off with the idea of a common pub quiz the New Speedquiz is for anyone and everyone who has a smartphone. It could even be a great idea for college and university activities, where there will be no trouble finding enough phones and tablets for everyone.
The team are coming up with new features to add to the programme seemingly all the time. To avoid making the system too hard for the novice user, these have been hidden, but are easily found on the Speedquizzing user forums. These include a Silent Mode End Question, Fast Track, a Speed Bonus Sliding Scale and the incredibly divisive Voting Question Feature, where teams vote on a subjective question and the majority answer wins.
Speedquizzing continues to expand outside the territories of Yorkshire as it becomes more involved and advanced. For wannabe quiz hosts, there is no simpler way to set up your event, advertise it and get everyone involved and having fun. Try it now.