With spring in the air, large scale competitions and fairs are just around the corner. From wines and craft beers, to dog and animal shows, to pig and cow judging at county fairs, being a judge for various competitions takes dedication, passion, and more than a little organization. We recently received a request for iPad rentals from the organizers of a cheese contest and a wine contest where all entries will be evaluated through an app, eliminating the need for pencil and paper judging and making final tallying easier when it’s time to announce the winner. Here are just a few ways that our tech rentals can make judging easier for your upcoming competition.
There’s an app for that
Remember, you don’t need to reinvent the wheel when deciding to integrate technology into judging your competition. Your app can even do double duty allowing your event attendees to see standings in real-time, as well as having a schedule for each upcoming section of your competition. Additionally, many questions that attendees or participants may have can be answered through the app – saving your team valuable time on competition day!
For beer judging competitions, BJCP Styles app puts the Beer Judge Certification Program style guidelines at your judges’ fingertips, allowing them to effectively and professionally compare beers of the same style. The BJCP style guidelines are an international standard and using the app puts everyone on the same page from the start of judging.
Planning a car show competition? The eJudged app was built by a group of auto builders and enthusiasts to create a seamless, paperless judging process that makes the judging process easier and faster for promoters, judges, and the audience.
No matter what’s being judged at your event, there is probably already an existing app that you can use to make judging on an iPad, tablet, or smartphone easier.
Judging made easy
When your panel of judges are carting around clipboards and numerous pieces of paper during judging, it can make keeping track of everything much more difficult than it needs to be. Once you’ve found the right app for your event, it’s time to give your judges the tech tools they need to get the job done.
Putting an iPad Pro rental or Samsung Galaxy tablet rental into their hands lets your judges focus more on the competition than on juggling stacks of tally sheets. Especially in fast-paced competitions, judging on tablets allows judges to quickly compare scores and identify any scoring errors in real time. Learn more about how technology rentals make hosting and judging competitions and tournaments easier.
While your judges have final say in who takes home the awards in your competition, there’s something to be said for getting attendees involved in picking the “Fan Favorite”. Having a section of your app set aside for fan favorite judging instantly creates the opportunity for greater engagement.
Your app can be free for attendees to download (consider having a simple QR code at the entrance to your event or at each station), but you’ll get greater participation if you post voting kiosk rentals at each booth or sporadically throughout the competition site. For fan judging, keep it simple. An easy star rating system allows guests to quickly enter their scores before moving on to the next station.
A great bonus? Allowing attendees access to the app gives you the opportunity to capture contact information like emails for future mailing lists and can give you a better idea of event attendance numbers.
Interested in attending some exciting competitions this year? Here are just a few of the events that should be on your radar.
US Championship Cheese Contest
Cheese connoisseurs from across the country descend on Green Bay, Wisconsin every other year for the United States Championship Cheese Contest. As the premier technical cheese, butter, and yogurt competition, the Contest strives to identify and amplify the profile of the winners.
New York International Wine Competition
Downtown New York City plays host to the New York International Wine Competition every year and relies on the unique knowledge and experience of industry experts. What makes this event truly unique is that only wine trade experts, like retail store buyers, sommelier, distributors, and importers, are allowed to join the blind judging panel. With their frontline experience with consumers, these professionals are able to bring an element of real-world expertise to judging that other judges may lack
Great American Beer Festival
Recognized as symbols of brewing excellence, the gold, silver, and bronze awards given out by judges at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado identify the top three beers that represent the best in beer styles from around the world. A huge bonus for beer lovers? The Festival is also the largest beer tasting in North America!
Equip your judges
Need to rent tablets, iPads, or smartphones for your next competition? No matter how many tablets you need, Rentacomputer.com has all the latest models of tablets and iPad products to meet your competition needs. Just let us know what gear you need, and our technicians will arrive to deliver and set up all of your equipment. Get a quote for all your tablet rental needs today!
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