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SpeedQuizzing at The Edinburgh Fringe Comedy festival

Throughout the month of August 2019, the co-creator of SpeedQuizzing, (Alan Leach), rebranded himself as ‘Alan Shed’ and attempted to combine SpeedQuizzing with standup comedy for a daily, hour-long show at The Mash House in the heart of the Ed-Fringe festival. It was Alan’s first attempt at an actual comedy show rather than just hosting.. Read more


SpeedQuizzing Hosts – Connect Day 2019

It’s taken five years to finally get around to, but to celebrate the long awaited official release of SpeedQuizzing V4, the second official SpeedQuizzing hosts meet-up will take place at 1331 Bar (13 Grape Lane, York YO1 7HU) on Friday 5th July.   Space will be limited on a first come, first served basis. A £15.. Read more


SpeedQuizzing around the World

It’s no secret that SpeedQuizzing is now reaching far and wide around the rest of the world now. One set of quizzes that seems to be going particularly well belongs to Frazier Martins in India.  The quizzes are in two of India’s most recognisable places on the West Coast, Goa and Mumbai. In Goa, the.. Read more


Fake music clip to catch Shazam cheats red-handed!

Players obtaining answers via Shazam at music themed trivia events is a problem What makes SpeedQuizzing stand out as the original and best Smartphone Pub Quiz / Trivia Platform is that we constantly endevour to come up with new innovations to improve the whole quizzing experience for both hosts and players alike. This requires keeping.. Read more


13 Tips for reliable SpeedQuizzing WiFi

  Rather than attempt to provide a stable ‘time sensitive’ Smartphone Pub Quiz over the world wide web, SpeedQuizzing’s main unique selling point (USP) is that it utilises its own Local Area Network. This means that if the internet went down, your event could still go ahead, making SpeedQuizzing by far the most robust and.. Read more


Smartphone vs. Pen and Paper Quizzes

Software: The SpeedQuizzing software is updated on a regular basis to ensure a consistent high quality, reliable product.  With the use of our innovative software containing features such as ‘Fastest Finger’, making it impossible to cheat, we continue to be number 1 within the electronic pub quiz market. If you have ever had any experience.. Read more


QuizFest 2017

We’ve spent a fair few months now looking forward to QuizFest since it was first announced by Quiz Britain last year. The date for it was 29th July 2017 at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, and we were heading along to show people what SpeedQuizzing was about and where it placed in the world.. Read more


Extending SpeedQuizzing WiFi Range using additional hardware

  Access points, Power lines and Range extenders all basically do the same job. They act as a secondary WiFi box to your main router, blasting out WiFi in areas where your main router won’t reach. They differ from each other in how the main router communicates with the secondary unit. Access Point An Access.. Read more


What’s new in V4? Article 5: New Look Live Screen

Live Screen has been a fabulous addition to SpeedQuizzing for some time, meaning you can bring a visual element to your quizzes if you have the facility to use it. In version 4 we have gone back to the drawing board on how Live Screen looks and how it works.  Previously, Live Screen was very.. Read more


What’s new in V4? Article 4: Question Previews

Something we have been asked for for quite some time is a simple addition to Version 4 which we believe everyone will be very pleased with. Now before you click to ‘Start Round’ you can preview the questions in a single window in the software.  This will allow you to have a quick glance through.. Read more


Whats new in V4? Article 3: Hot Swapping

Currently when a team want to change their device mid-game, for example their battery has run out or their mate has just turned up with a tablet instead of a phone, it is always been a bit of a pain!  In the existing version of the software, you need to firstly add a new team,.. Read more


Windows 10: Update Problems

It’s not news to some that Windows Updates cause something of a problem to the SpeedQuizzing software with regards to the registered ‘Target Computer Name’.  In this short article we will go through what to do in the event of this happening to you. If you have a Windows 10 Update, when you come to.. Read more


BPM 2016

This year is turning out to be an adventurous year for SpeedQuizzing when it comes to exhibiting at shows.  We’ve been busy with the likes of Imbibe and the NUS Show before now but this weekend we return to familiar ground when we go back to the NEC in Birmingham for BPM 2016.  This will.. Read more


Rick Witters Charity Quiz Night

On Friday 12th August SpeedQuizzing put together a charity music quiz night at the Crescent Club in York.  The quiz was hosted by Rick Witter of Shed Seven who, as many will know, also formed in York.  The event was not in aid of a predetermined charity,  instead all the money raised would be donated to the charity of the winning teams choice. The night drew a big crowd with 26 teams in total, all ready for a night of music trivia… Read more


What’s new in V4? Article 2: Adverts

Another fantastic addition to V4 of the SpeedQuizzing software will be the adverts.  Previously, you were required to drop .jpg images into the ‘Your Adverts’ folder in advance of firing up the software and were limited to 6.  With V4 you are not restricted and will be able to easily upload and drag the images directly in the software, mid-game if required.  You can also drag and re–order them to.. Read more


What’s new in V4? Article 1: Blocking teams

As most of you will know, SpeedQuizzing has been hard working on a brand new version of the software, but what version 4 will actually feature has been something of a bit of a mystery up until now.  In a series of articles leading up to the launch of SpeedQuizzing version 4.0 we thought we would demonstrate some of the new features version 4 will have to offer. The first thing to note is.. Read more


World Quizzing Championships

On the 4th June SpeedQuizzing went to showcase our excellent software to some of the best quizzers in the UK, correction, some of the best in the world. Every year some of the the country’s quiz royalty get together to see who is currently ‘top dog’, by participating in an extremely taxing test of knowledge.  The quiz itself is held under exam style conditions and covering varying categories in order to.. Read more


Pro quiz host -v- Self hosting

At SpeedQuizzing we are often approached to recommend local quiz hosts to assist pubs and bars around the UK and even overseas. We have a strong network of hosts that we can recommend who we know have had first hand experience at both hosting quizzes on a regular basis and using our software to its.. Read more


SpeedQuizzing heads to Imbibe Live 2016

Imbibe Live is an annual exhibition at Olympia in London aimed at anyone who sources, serves or buys drinks in the licensed on-trade.  The event itself is hugely popular with pub owners, landlords, bar staff, mixologists, sommeliers etc and is held over 2 days usually in July.  Whilst the exhibitors are mainly the industries finest.. Read more


A welcome to SpeedQuizzing: Phil Qua

As mentioned in previous article SpeedQuizzing were looking to take on a new business manager to help them steer the company in the right direction and make sure things were running effectively.  At the start of February Phil Qua joined the SpeedQuizzing team in that very role.  We posed a few questions to him to.. Read more


Handy guide to booking corporate quizzes

The majority of the quizzes that are hosted using the SpeedQuizzing software are for regular venues, whether it is weekly, fortnightly or monthly.  One area that is becoming increasingly popular is for corporate functions, so this handy guide has been put together to give you helpful advice on how to work towards booking more corporate.. Read more


The Annual Review: 2015 / 2016

Happy New Year to all our quiz hosts and quiz players.  2015 was an exciting year for SpeedQuizzing and a great year for new quizzes. We saw a bigger growth in US hosts and witnessed brand new European countries sign up to start hosting using the software.  We speak to SpeedQuizzing creators Alan and John.. Read more


SQ Host Interview: Paul Fairclough

It’s not very often that you can say you host a quiz at a venue where a celebrity owns the venue itself but Radio DJ Paul Fairclough can.  The Plume of Feathers in Stoke-on-Trent is owned by non-other than Men Behaving Badly actor and Bob The Builder Narrator, Neil Morrissey.  We spoke to Paul about.. Read more


SQ Host Interview: DJ Anthony J Sabol

As the numbers for hosts in the USA increase, we love to hear from them about how their nights go down.  This week we spoke to Anthony J Sabol who runs an entertainment company in Cleveland, Ohio.  Anthony gives us the run down on how his nights go down and what makes them tick properly… Read more


SpeedQuizzing comes to Germany

The Smartphone Quiz is already hugely popular in the United Kingdom and there are many trivia nights popping up around the US at the moment as well.  SpeedQuizzing makes sure that the QuizPacks that they sell are tailored for the different audiences, it wouldn’t be any use to a US audience having questions all about.. Read more


Pro Quizzer Interviews: Eggheads – Lisa Thiel

In 2014 Lisa Thiel from Leeds, became the latest addition to the line up of Eggheads on the popular daily BBC Two programme. She has previous appeared on The Weakest Link, The Chase and the Eggheads spin off series “Revenge of the Egghead“. In the first of our Pro Quizzer Interviews, we spoke to Lisa.. Read more


SQ Host Interview: Sam Fitzpatrick

This week we head over to North Wales, Buckley to interview Sam who runs the quiz at The Windmill, a family establishment. Whilst most hosts that we get on board are DJs, Sam is one of the rare few that isn’t.  Sam run’s us through how his quizzes run and whats makes them so special… Read more


SQ Host Interview: Laura Adams

Quiz hosting tends to be a very male driven profession looking at the numbers that host our quizzes.  We are always excited to see female hosts taking to the mic.  This week in our weekly host interview we speak to Laura Adams, a pub landlady in Wednesbury in the West Midlands.  She hosts, the quiz.. Read more


SQ Host Interview: Charlie Agrusa

Name? (and company you operate for if you do) Charlie Agrusa  (TNT) Tournament Night Trivia  Fueled by Speedquizzing Where do you live? Liberty, Missouri Are you a DJ and if so where do you DJ? Yes, I also book weddings and corporate  events How did you find out about SpeedQuizzing? I was looking for new ways.. Read more


SQ Host Interview: Owen Andrew

Name? (and company you operate for if you do) Owen Andrew (thesmartphonequiz.co.uk) Where do you live? Stotfold, Bedfordshire Are you a DJ and if so where do you DJ? I am, and have been for 27 years! I work all over the home counties north of London. 90% of my work is weddings, but I.. Read more


What makes the SpeedQuizzing questions so different?

Whilst there are noticeable differences between a standard Pub Quiz and a Smartphone Quiz, such as using your Smartphones, team buzzers, instant answer & scores etc  The core of SpeedQuizzing fundamentally is all about the content and the questions that make it so different. Back in the day I would have put together a quiz.. Read more


SQ Host Interview: Andrew Ritchie

Name? (and company you operate for if you do) Andrew Ritchie – Independent Host Where do you live? Guildford Are you a DJ and if so where do you DJ? I do mobile DJ in the local area mainly through word of mouth How did you find out about SpeedQuizzing? I saw an advert for.. Read more


Using Twitter to promote

A lot of hosts are starting to use Twitter now to promote their quizzes which is a great sign indeed but Twitter is not as straight forward as it may seem at first glance.  Whilst Facebook is fairly straight forward with how it works, there are a few things you should know about Twitter before.. Read more


SQ Host Interview: Martine Crawford

Name? (and company you operate for if you do) Martine Crawford, independent quiz presenter. Where do you live? Swindon, Wiltshire. Are you a DJ and if so where do you DJ? No, not a DJ, just a social butterfly. How did you find out about SpeedQuizzing? I was presenting a quiz at a De Vere.. Read more


The use of Wikipedia for quizzes

Very often when writing quiz questions we need to resort to the internet for confirmation that a question is factually correct.  We all know that when searching for this through Google, you’re most likely to be presented with a Wikipedia site about the subject matter. Wikipedia is a free encyclopedia which can be updated, altered and.. Read more


SQ Host Interview: Tony Murphy

Where do you live? Stockport, Cheshire Are you a DJ and if so where do you DJ? I am a mobile DJ, and as it states MOBILE I will DJ anywhere. How did you find out about SpeedQuizzing? I was covering pen and paper quizzes for sometime, and was aware of it, then I was.. Read more


SpeedQuizzing venue wins Best Entertainment Pub in the UK 2015

SpeedQuizzing is always being described as a way of bringing a familiar yet brand new form of entertainment into pubs.  Whilst it is still at heart essentially a Pub Quiz, it’s bringing in new elements such as Team Buzzers, Original Scoring Systems, Fastest Finger and above all, no cheating. Imagine how pleased we were to hear.. Read more


Hosting a Corporate Quiz event

Many of the SpeedQuizzing hosts in both the UK and the US host quizzes for corporate clients and I get asked regularly how you go about pitching the quiz to corporates and also how they are run in comparison to regular quizzes. In this article I decided to share some advice on how I have.. Read more


SQ Host Interview: Kevin Jay

Name? Kevin Jay representing Kevin Jay Entertainment Where do you live? I’m based in Wallasey on the Wirral Are you a DJ and if so where? I DJ full time whenever required weddings etc. Which venues do you host quizzes at? I host quizzes on a Monday at Olde Red Lion, Little Sutton Wednesday at.. Read more


BPM 2015 – Recapping the event

SpeedQuizzing hosts their amazing software at BPM 2015 at the NEC in Birmingham At BPM 2015, it was SpeedQuizzing‘s 2nd year in attendance and we were hoping for another great response from DJ’s looking for a way of earning some cash mid week. Last year the take on the software was mostly people who had.. Read more


SQ Host Interview: Mike Prince

Name? (and company you operate for if you do) I work for myself although I buy the SpeedQuizzing pack from Unit One. Where do you live? I live in Swinton, Manchester. Which venues do you host quizzes at? Sunday – White Horse, Swinton (SpeedQuizzing) Monday – Trevor Arms, Chorlton (Pen & Paper). Tuesday – White.. Read more


SQ Host Interview: Darren Goulden

This week we head over to Manchester and one of the many hosts there, Darren Goulden sits in the interview chair. Name? (and company you operate for if you do) Darren “The Dazzler” Goulden from Unit One Entertainments Ltd Where do you live? Cadishead on the sunny outskirts of Manchester Which venues do you host.. Read more


SpeedQuizzing heads to BPM 2015

After a rather successful show last year, SpeedQuizzing is once again showcasing its fantastic software at BPM 2015 at the NEC in Birmingham. BPM is a show aimed at DJs and electronic music production run over the course of 3 days in September each year. Taking up 3 halls, the event is huge and DJs /.. Read more


DJ Expo 2015: How did it go for SpeedQuizzing?

As DJ Expo 2015 in Atlantic City has now drawn to a close, we asked our US hosts exactly how they felt it went. So Rob, how was DJ Expo 2015 for you and Will?  The expo was amazing. This was my first convention and Will’s third, but first as a presenter. The schedule was.. Read more


SQ Host Interview: James Boyle

Name? (and company you operate for if you do) James Boyle, Jump Entertainments Where do you live? Burgess Hill (sussex) Which venues do you host quizzes at? Lots! regular ones, Every monday in brighton (student quiz) Every tuesday (paper quiz) and every other sunday in various pubs around sussex How long have you been hosting.. Read more


Is SpeedQuizzing impossible to cheat?

Three years ago we would have said “yes”, one year ago we would have said “almost”. Now in 2015 we advise hosts to “be vigilant” keeping an eye out for certain things. But in the most part, the games are still too fast for anyone to garner any real advantage by attempting to cheat. Regrettably there are a.. Read more


SQ Host Interview: Ben Howarth

This week we head all the way up to the Wirral and talk to host, Ben Howarth. Name? (and company you operate for if you do) Ben Howarth Where do you live? Wirral Which venues do you host quizzes at? Arrowe Park Hotel, Kings Arms How long have you been hosting quizzes? Over 4 years.. Read more


SQ Host Interview: Rob Charette

Another profile from one of our many talented SpeedQuizzing hosts.  This week we head over to the USA to interview host, Rob Charette. Name? (and company you operate for if you do) Rob “Bobby Roast Beef” Charette – XZI Productions (owner/operator) Where do you live? I live in Holyoke, Massachusetts in the US. Which venues.. Read more


SpeedQuizzing in the USA – DJ Expo 2015

Atlantic City, home of the Miss America pageant, many casinos and rumour has it, the inspiration behind the very first game of Monopoly.  Now, in the second week of August Atlantic City will be host to DJ Expo 2015 and much like the Expo we showcased at in Birmingham last year, 2 of our US.. Read more


SQ Host Interview: Andy Parry

Each week we will be presenting you with a profile of our excellent Smartphone Quiz hosts up and down the country and even across the pond in the United States of America. This week we presented our questions to Andy Parry. Name? (and company you operate for if you do) Andrew Parry (Sole Trader) Where.. Read more


Introducing the all new SpeedQuizzing Question Manager

Question Manager 2.0 Many SpeedQuizzing members enjoy the ease of purchasing our quiz packs. However, creating your own content can make your event even more unique, from a pub quiz with a themed round to questions about the happy couple at a wedding. While some users may be familiar with our previous Question Manager Beta, we are pleased.. Read more


The importance of Fast Tracking in SpeedQuizzing, by Alan Leach

Introduction Even though I’ve been hosting SmartPhone Pub Quizzes for longer than anyone else, it hasn’t always been plain sailing in terms of numbers of paying customers attending my nights. I suffer the same as everyone else from students going home for holidays, big football matches coinciding with a quiz night, venues not promoting my nights.. Read more


SpeedQuizzing host breaks world record for longest quiz

Stoo Pittaway, record breaker On the 6th October, Birmingham based quiz host Stoo Pittaway broke the world record for the longest quiz, using the SpeedQuizzing software to run the event. The mammoth pub quiz was hosted at The Actress and Bishop, Birmingham for a total of 34 hours and 39 minutes, beating the previous record by 1 hour.. Read more


SpeedQuizzing at BPM 2014

BPM at The NEC BPM is an annual trade event for DJ and pro-audio gear held at The NEC in Birmingham, this year running from the 12th to the 14th of September. As one of the biggest events of it’s kind in the UK, BPM is a significant event in the calendar for many involved.. Read more


Smartphone pub quiz music rounds are leaps ahead

Whether you’re a bona fide muso straight out of Never Mind The Buzzcocks or the type of quizzer who would join the majority of University Challenge or Only Connect contestants in groaning at the sound of a music question, there’s no denying that a good music round is one of the cornerstones of any self-respecting.. Read more


Single letter answering; unique to SpeedQuizzing

Many of the greatest innovations tend to be beautifully simple (at face value anyway), from the London Underground map to the modernist homes of the 60s that said “D’you know what? sod mock Tudor, let’s have clean lines and practical features!” We sought to imitate this simplistic approach with our SpeedQuizzing smartphone pub quiz app, and.. Read more


Smartphone pub quizzes get REALLY evil

We’ve done our absolute best to ensure that SpeedQuizzing has been a joyously disruptive presence in the pubs and bars of the UK over the past few years, shaking up the tired and ailing format of the pub quiz and giving it a whole new lease of life through allowing players to participate using their.. Read more


Voting questions: shaking up a smartphone pub quiz near you!

In the space of just a few years, we like to think that our SpeedQuizzing smartphone pub quizzing system has completely revolutionised the experience of pub quiz gameplay, allowing teams to compete by using their touch-screen devices to play along in real time with the quizmaster, thus removing the possibility of cheating (players have no chance.. Read more


Using Twitter to help us to help you promote your events

Twitter can be a great way of promoting your Quiz nights/Trivia events. We can help by occasionally retweeting your tweets regarding upcoming events and any other interesting quiz related info you may wish to get out there. Therefore it is recommended that you follow us @SpeedQuizzing. And then to enable us to easily follow you back you should.. Read more


SpeedQuizzing used for Year 10 Academic Challenge at Thailand School

Despite the quiz event taking place in a futuristic ‘Samsung Smart Classroom’, equipped with sizeable LCD screen and many Android tablets, organiser and Technology Teacher Andrei Androsoff, incorporated SpeedQuizzing into the set up to run the quiz from. Andrei Androsoff told us “Our English-language private school in Thailand periodically holds Academic Challenge quizzes. We had been using a system of whiteboards.. Read more