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The Rush (to vote) for Innovation at Australia Post

Australia Post recently ran their 15th ‘Hack Day’ where self-organising staff teams get to together to hack something together that they are passionate about over a 24 hour period, and then show off their results over a hectic two-hour market hall open to all staff. The theme for this event - “Hack to the Future” was inspired by the 1980s movie classic "Back to the Future".

The teams and their results are judged across a number of different categories by invited experts, but the most prestigious award is always the People’s Choice award. This award is voted on by anyone attending the market hall using a voting ticket they receive when they enter. VoteAbout has proudly supported the voting for the People’s Choice award for Australia Post’s last three Hack Dayz events.

 "Hack to the Future" themed voting posters and reminders

"Hack to the Future" themed voting posters and reminders

Each voting ticket contains a unique QR code that can be scanned by a smartphone to place a vote quickly and easily. iPad voting stations at the market-hall exit can scan the same QR code to get as many visitors to the market-hall casting a vote.

Anyone casting a vote at the market-hall is also eligible to win the event’s door-prizes which are announced at the end of the award ceremony which helps ensure a large crowd gathers to find out who has won the awards - and the door prizes! Anticipation and voting activity builds in these final moments of the market-hall and this event saw about half of the total votes cast in the last 30 minutes.

VoteAbout runs a live dashboard at the event showing the organisers and attendees the current number of votes cast and there’s always intrigue to see if we can surpass the previous event’s voting record… and for the third time running, we did with 503 votes placed over the two-hour period.

 The VoteAbout dashboard shows live voting progress - here, with the final number of votes cast, 503.

The VoteAbout dashboard shows live voting progress - here, with the final number of votes cast, 503.

Despite the last minute rush to vote, tallying the results for the People’s Choice award is quick and painless and was completed in under 10 seconds - one less headache for the organisers.

This event saw the ARFit team with their augmented reality parcel sizing app win the People’s Choice award reciving almost twice as many votes as the runner-up.

VoteAbout also helps the organisers by randomly selecting the door-prize winners from those tickets that were used to cast a vote. The prizes at this event were “Back to the Future” themed - with a Hoverboard and De Lorean models up for grabs.

The voting was again popular with the attendees, who rated their voting experience at 4.9 stars (out of 5), and the event organisers were happy again too:

“VoteAbout made the voting simple, easy and seamless, saving time whilst providing a real-time live dashboard. This voting system has now become a core element within our Hack Dayz” , Oliver Drakes, Head of Innovation, Australia Post
 Happy event organisers, Oliver Drakes and Derani King with the VoteAbout voting tickets

Happy event organisers, Oliver Drakes and Derani King with the VoteAbout voting tickets

We’re now looking forward to being a part of Australia Post’s next Hack Dayz event in 2018.

If you’re interested to find out more about how we can help you with online voting for your event, contact us!


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