Charity ski race takes donations through iPad kiosks

April 18, 2012

According to a recent announcement, iPad Enclosures last month donated kiosk hardware and software services to a fundraising event for Operation Smile, a charity dedicated to helping children across the world get reconstructive surgery for facial deformities such as cleft palates and cleft lips.

The event was held March 30-31 and was chaired by "Access Hollywood's" Billy Bush and NBC President Jennifer Salke.

The fundraiser took place at a Park City, Utah, ski resort, drawing supportive celebrities and athletes from across the country and organizing them into competitive ski racing teams. Each team included an Olympic athlete and a celebrity, and remaining spots on the teams were sold to sponsoring businesses to raise money for Operation Smile. Additional funds were raised through on-site donations from VIPs in attendance, some of which were facilitated by iPad Enclosures iPad kiosks at both pre- and post-race VIP receptions.

The iPad Enclosures staff worked from start to finish alongside the charity's directors to pull off their event fundraiser, the company said. The kiosks were made up of the Evolve iPad enclosure, mounted securely to a Sentinel stand, and each kiosk was stocked with a battery backup, castor wheels and were tied to a Verizon "Mi-Fi" mobile hotspot to enable optimal mobility as they were transferred to several locations throughout the event by the iPad Enclosures staff.

Each iPad device displayed Operation Smile's donation page through a closed browser app, which restricts users from leaving the desired website or navigating to different sites. The iPads were also managed with mobile device management software, which allows for multiple kiosks to be controlled remotely from a single master interface. Celebrities and other attendees at the VIP receptions were able to use the iPad kiosks to first watch a video about the important work Operation Smile is doing around the world, and then easily key in their donations.

"The iPad kiosks were a HUGE success!" said Operation Smile Sr. Development Director Dee Dee Sides, in the announcement.

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