Contactless Challenge Day 2: Post Office successes and cinematic failures

Our Contactless Challenge continues apace thanks to our determined NFC challengers Ewan and Jon. At the end of the first day they were matching each other, point for point, but Jon has now taken the lead with 101 points to Ewan’s 76.

Despite Ewan managing to purchase some no doubt unhealthy treats (as the Krispy Kreme challenge was originally intended) for his co-workers from Marks & Spencer with NFC payment, unfortunately his trip to the cinema the previous night was not NFC-enabled, but we’re sure that won’t stop him from completing the task at some point. He claims that yesterday was a ‘dark day with the contactless challenge.’ We hope it hasn’t dampened his enthusiasm and look forward to more successes.

Jon, on the other hand, added some cultural sightseeing to the challenge, ticking off one of his tasks by spending time at the Museum of London and becoming an expert in topics ranging from prehistoric times before Londinium was founded by the Romans to last year’s Occupy London movement. He also attempted to complete the Thames Clipper boat ride challenge but was foiled by the lack of ticket booths or inspectors. He is currently leading as he managed to spend an entire day living contactless-ly, having secured all his meals and snacks with NFC.

In addition, and luckily for us, both were able to source some postcards and stamps from the Post Office to send us an old-fashioned postcard from London to France via traditional mail. We very much look forward to receiving it. Whether our Challengers accept the crowdsourced suggestion made by Richard Lai of Engadget to perform karaoke paid for by NFC remains to be seen, but bonus points will go towards any attempts and we can always extend the scoreboard!

So, based on today’s experiences and our Contactless Challengers valiant attempts, let’s take a look at the leaderboard. Remember, you can help our Challengers by tweeting suggestions at them @Gemalto or by using the hashtag #GemaltoNFC.

The scores so far...

‘Invest’ in a box of treats
Ewan MacLeod
10/10

Jon Choo
10/10

Pick up lunch
Ewan MacLeod
10/10

Jon Choo
10/10

Get ‘a round’ in
Ewan MacLeod
1/20

Jon Choo
20/20

Send Gemalto a postcard
Ewan MacLeod
15/15

Jon Choo
15/15

Go entirely contactless for a day
Ewan MacLeod
50/50

Jon Choo
50/50

Take the boat
Ewan MacLeod
0/20

Jon Choo
20/20

Become a Museum of London expert
Ewan MacLeod
0/15

Jon Choo
15/15

Buy flowers for your partner using NFC
Ewan MacLeod
6/15

Jon Choo
15/15

Social suggestion from one of your followers
Ewan MacLeod
15/15

Jon Choo
10/15

Wildcard
Ewan MacLeod
23/50

Jon Choo
20/50

Pay for a hair cut
Ewan MacLeod
0/20

Jon Choo
1/20

Top up your phone credit
Ewan MacLeod
10/10

Jon Choo
10/10

Watch a film at the cinema
Ewan MacLeod
3/15

Jon Choo
7/15

Buy groceries
Ewan MacLeod
0/15

Jon Choo
15/15

Buy a burrito / wrap
Ewan MacLeod
0/10

Jon Choo
9/10

Buy contactlessly at a drive-thru
Ewan MacLeod
10/10

Jon Choo
0/10

Total Scores:

Ewan MacLeod scores 153 points

Jon Choo scores 227 points


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