In a couple of months we have an international awards ceremony to hold, and would like some way of announcing the winners, in real time, on-line via our website for people who are not at the ceremony.
Last year we went all-out and live streamed the awards, but I don't think the reception was great from people in countries/locations that couldn't handle the bandwidth. The year before, we simply posted up all the results at the same time after they had been announced on-location.
How best could we implement a system that allows people to see the results one-at-a-time as they are announced? Something simple, but effective.
Idea so far: The announcer keeps a phone/tablet on their podium, and simply presses a "Show Live" button on their admin side "dashboard", which pushes the next winner to the website. (Or a back-stage person presses the button instead.) People then refresh to see the changes.
How better could this be implemented? Is there something glaringly obvious I'm missing, or an off-kilter idea that could just be crazy enough to work?
Finally, slightly more technical: would it be AJAX we would use to alert people sitting on the site that a new category winner has been announced, without them sitting there bashing F5 waiting for something new to show up?