Craft a great event experience

Fast Facts

500+

Clients

120+

Events Per Year

46 000+

Devices Sold

900+

Events Completed

Can we work with you?

We really would love to.

We are proud to say that our teams combined experience brings together over 30 years in the conferences and events industry working both locally and abroad. We also have extensive experience in the classroom with over 100 schools using our technology in South Africa and 14 of our 25 recognised universities.

We are extremely proud of our work; our goal to be certain all final delivery exceeds expectation. Our attitude to our clients is genuine, cooperative, guaranteed professional, courteous, experienced and committed. We know that’s a mouthful, but it’s true!

We maintain our competitive edge by focusing on the satisfaction of our clients. All our projects receive hassle free consistent service and delivery.

From humble beginnings


Participate Technologies was born in September 2006 as a conversation in the loft of David and Jo’s 2-bedroom apartment not long after they had gotten married. They were chatting about how much David loved working in events and his passion for teaching and learning.

Audience Response Technologies was not well known, David had been exposed to it whilst studying and he worked as a free-lancer at an international congress at Gallagher Estates.

He wholeheartedly believed that there was an opportunity to start something. This technology could solve many of the challenges faced at events and bring much needed excitement to the classroom.

They took the plunge and officially launched Participate Technologies in January 2007. The first event customer to trust using David and our technology was Bayer Pharmaceuticals, it was a resounding success! The first customer to purchase a system was Deloitte who 12 years later is still actively uses their keypads.

On Participate Technologies 10th birthday in 2017 it had sold almost 50 000 devices and completed over 850 events and supplied its services in 11 countries to over 500 customers.

We asked David what his key to success has been over the past decade and this was his response:

“It’s a real privilege to have been in business for over 10 years now, it’s been quite a ride!

I am so thankful for our customers who continue to trust us as the experts in audience engagement. Our fundamental strategy is to keep our customers our absolute top priority, our goal has always been to offer the best possible solution suited to each customer’s specific needs and complement this with a service that exceeds their expectations. Good has never been enough, we aim to deliver extraordinary at all times!”

If you haven’t worked with us yet what are you waiting for? Give us a call, or pop in for a coffee, we love to partner with you and create an extraordinary experience.

Our Founder

David Wilson

David Wilson

Managing Director

Who is David Wilson?

David is a family man, a husband, a father of 2 boys, multiple business owner and tech junkie who likes to try stay fit by cycling and on the odd occasion running when being chased. His passion lies in people and solving problems.

He is enthusiastic about learning, acquiring new knowledge and skills.

David has successfully built and personally funded two businesses from scratch and working on his third. Participate Technologies is his first business, a technology service company supplying services to conference and events as well as supplying response technology to corporates, government, universities and schools.

In 2016 David teamed up with his wife to launch an online retail business which distributes award winning international products for moms, babies and kids called Kids Cargo, it already offers over 200 products.

Born out of his passion for kids and the future of South Africa in May 2018 with a business partner, David launched his third business FutureProof.  This business seeks to teach the youth the skills needed to start and run their own businesses. The desire is to build the behavioural competencies for success in the youth of today enabling them to create their own futures.

David offers sound advice when it comes to problem solving, what works and what doesn’t in servicing customers, ensuring efficiency and effectiveness in business. He has personally surveyed and assisted in thousands of presentations in the last decade earning the title ‘presentologist’ as an expert in creating and delivering presentations.

David is also dabbling on the speaking circuit; He has spoken to audiences across Southern Africa and well as Italy and Amsterdam. He has also been featured in the media on MoneyWeb, entrepreneur.co.za, Hot 91.9 FM Radio and Radio Today.David is respected and popular amongst his peers and known to have high moral values which determine his conduct both in his personal and business life. With a deep-rooted love for Africa, he desires a brighter future for all who call it home and is determined to play an active role in improving the future. He is passionate about coaching and mentorship and involved in several community projects and programs.

Speaking Testimonial

“Having had the pleasure of watching David give presentations at conferences in Amsterdam and Naples, I can tell you that he is an excellent public speaker. His infectious enthusiasm and skill as a speaker held the audience’s attention, and in many ways were the highlights of both of the conferences at which he spoke. I recommend him unconditionally as an exceptional public speaker, I can honestly say with great certainty that you will not be disappointed for making the decision to retain him as a speaker. It is particularly pleasant to give a reference like this for someone who so obviously is a master at presenting.”

Gary Morrison, Vice President, Turning Technologies

David completing his first cycle race in October 2016 Amashova, raising money for children threatened by HIV/AIDS

David completing the Telkom 947 challenge in 2016, raising awareness and funds for autism.

David proudly breaking the 03:00:00 barrier in the Discovery 947 Ride Joburg race in November 2019 achieving a time of 2:52

View David’s Personal Page
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