Contactless Challenge Day 5 – finding NFC venues

We are now half way through the challenge. It is set to run until Wednesday at midnight when the final scores shall be counted and the winner of #GemaltoNFC announced.

But that’s still some way off, and there are plenty more contactless challenges that our NFC battlers can complete.

To summarize recent events, Ewan MacLeod has, in the words of the Godfather, ‘gone to the mattresses.’ Having traveled back up to Ascot where NFC-enabled venues appear to be harder to source than in London, he is no doubt planning his comeback. Watch this space!

Meanwhile, our other challenger, Jon Choo, has been re-energized following his flowery success, and completed the Thames Clipper challenge, paying for a trip on the river with NFC. He also managed to buy a burrito/wrap, one of our crowdsourced challenges, although whether EAT can be considered a traditional burrito/wrap is another question. Also promising was his experience at the Southbank Centre where contactless options are available. Cutting-edge culture.

In light of our previous post outlining some of our learnings and tips when it comes to using NFC in London, Jon Choo has added his perspectives:

“Both Ewan and I agree about a lack of signage at shop entrances, as well as at counters to indicate whether a shop accepts contactless payment. Having spoken to a few people, quite a few were confused with the contactless logo. In fact, many assumed it indicated the presence of a free WiFi network!”

“Re: unhealthy food, it was my fear that I would spend the entire week visiting fast food chains but, so far, I’ve managed to avoid McDonald’s and Subway (who knows for how long though!). New cafés might be better equipped than established chains as the equipment will be newer. Sadly, however, it appears that some staff weren’t even aware they were able to accept contactless payment. More training and a campaign to raise awareness campaign is definitely needed.”

Thanks for your thoughts, Jon, and fingers crossed this challenge helps drive more education around NFC payments. To help out we have generated a Google Map to pinpoint where NFC purchases have and can be made. All suggestions welcome.

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Moving on to the important aspect of the challenge – who is currently in the lead? The scores are.

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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