Smartcard ticket: Raisa Gorbachev Foundation Charity Ball

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Gorbachev Charity Ball, originally uploaded by Salim_Mitha.

My former colleague Salim (co-founder of Wahanda, a kind of Last Minute for health and wellness) is known for rocking up at the glittering events. He posted some pictures from the fifth annual Raisa Gorbachev Foundation fundraising event.

He posted this picture which showed a smartcard as an invite, so I asked him more about it: what did it do, what was its functionality?

There were card readers on the table, and for the silent auctions and also other elements of the auction, you plugged the card into the reader, chose the Lot number and entered a bid or donation.

Very advanced technology. During live donations, there was a board that calculated the amount pledged in real time.