Category Archives: Green/Community

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It’s time to celebrate—Boingo style! We’ve been awarded our eighth Global Traveler award for “Best WiFi Service” and to celebrate we’re kicking off 8 Days of Giveaways to give our awesome fans the chance to win a VIP travel tech kit. This kit is loaded with all the tech essentials you need on the go—like earbuds, a phone charger, flash drive and of course free Boingo Wi-Fi for a year with access to more than a million hotspots around the globe. Join in on the celebration! To enter our 8 Days of Giveaways, head to Twitter and simply tweet @boingo what YOU are celebrating this year using the hashtag #BoingoCelebr8. Whether it’s a milestone birthday, a big client win, running your first marathon or something else, we want to hear your reason for raising a glass. Boingo’s 8 Days of Giveaways will run December 8-15, 2017. One winner will be announced each day.    

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One Step at a Time

Here is the scene of one of my typical days twenty years ago: It’s 3:00 in the afternoon and I’m sitting in my office in downtown Los Angeles.  I look out the window at the beautiful spring day and realize that this is the first time all day I’ve stopped to look outside.  I’ve barely been out of the office for the last several days, and I likely won’t for several more, as I’m about to scramble to LAX to catch a plane for Boston. Once again I have that same pounding headache that seems to have become an afternoon fixture. Something about this scene had to change, and change it did! I didn’t just put down my briefcase immediately to do my first Ironman. It was a journey that started with baby steps. And with the first day of this morphing into a new me, I lost the headache, so I knew I was onto something good. One step at a time can lead you to wonderful places – sometimes to a place you had no idea you could reach. As a first step, I encourage you to turn on your television to NBC this Saturday afternoon, December 18th,

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Meet Boingo’s Official Butt-Kicker

A few years ago, I decided it would be really fun to do a triathlon. Looking back, I’m not sure what aspect I thought would be fun – the freezing cold ocean swims I spent hoping I wouldn’t be eaten by a shark? The minor fortune I spent on equipment? The small death of embarrassment I endured each time I wiggled into to my Spandex training outfit? Hard to say. But I do know one thing that made my journey from novice to triathlete fun was that I got myself a darn good coach – Cherie Gruenfeld. Cherie Gruenfeld is one of the most decorated Master’s triathletes in the world today. She’s competed in twenty-three Ironman races, including the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii 17 times. Now, for the uninitiated, an Ironman triathlon is a study in insanity. It begins with a 2.4 mile swim, continues with a 112 mile bike ride, and concludes with a marathon. (Yes. All on the same day.) Cherie is a master at this particular form of crazy. She’s won the world title in her age group ten times and currently holds the world record for Women 65-69. She is the first female over 55

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The Green Scene at Boingo is a Collective Team Effort

Here at Boingo, we’re all very passionate about protecting the environment and contributing to the community– both of which are everyday efforts for us. Recently, CEA (Consumer Electronics Association) showcased our environmental and community initiatives in this blog article. Highlights: “For Hagan [our CEO] and Boingo, going green is really all about incrementally doing the right things.” “The [Green Boingo Employee] committee started by implementing a few simple wins – quick changes that yielded real results. Among the first was removing old lighting and replacing it with light emitting diode (LED) light bulbs which both consume less energy and last longer than traditional light bulbs. Another was the elimination of plastic water bottles in favor of the office water cooler and the substitution of coffee mugs for paper cups.” “[Boingo] was equally committed to showing the community and its customers what it means to be green. The company teamed up with California Recycles in 2009 and was able to recycle hundreds of pounds of electronic waste including items like batteries, cell phones, keyboards and mice, old computers and computer monitors.” “On the customer side, Boingo created a unique promotion for Earth Day 2009 where they offered to donate 10 percent

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ArtStorm Graffiti Art Keeps Youth in the Studio and Off the Streets

Here at Boingo, we’re not just about gadgets and Wi-Fi — we also dabble in the enjoyment of art. The graffiti painting above is the first thing you see when you enter our lobby in Los Angeles. Several more aerosol-painted canvases adorn the walls throughout our office, infusing the work environment with color and creativity. The artists behind these works? Teenagers and young adults (no, we don’t feel humbled or anything ;)) who are part of the ArtStorm Art Community, a non-profit organization that provides young artists with the materials and studio space to create their work. By encouraging and nurturing the creative endeavors of young folks, ArtStorm keeps them off the streets and away from crime. And that’s why we folks here at Boingo feel extra good about the masterpieces around the office — as a patron, we’re contributing to the funds necessary for art supplies, studio space, and mentorship programs at ArtStorm. Check out this video tour of the fabulous paintings around our office. Bonus: Boingo team members share their interpretations of the artwork. Tour the ArtStorm gallery on Flickr. Read more about Boingo’s partnership with ArtStorm here. If you or your company is interested in supporting ArtStorm,

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Thank You for Your Haiti Relief Efforts

Friends of Boingo: I’d like to extend a big thank you to each of you who supported the Haiti relief efforts, whether it was through a channel we brought to your attention or any other channel you discovered on your own. It’s heartening to see such generosity and goodwill in a time of tragedy. I am awed by the outpouring of support from within the Boingo community. For us, this effort is still underway. As you may know, Boingo has made a financial commitment to Doctors Without Borders. For the month of February, a portion of all Boingo sales will be donated to this great organization to aid their work in Haiti. This is in addition to nearly 1 million ads for the Red Cross that we have served in our North American airports. Again, thank you for your support in this time of need. Our hearts and thoughts are with the victims and responders, both in Haiti and around the world, and our gratitude is extended to you. Best regards, Dave

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Donate to the Haiti Relief Effort Via Text Message

The death toll in the Haiti earthquake disaster has yet to be determined, but this much is certain: thousands of Haitians urgently need medical supplies and care as well as basic necessities such as food and water. The Red Cross has set up a simple campaign that allows you to donate $10 to the Haiti relief fund by texting ‘Haiti’ to the number 90999. According to Mashable, over $800,000 has already been raised through this effort – tremendous progress! As a community, we can raise even more. Many of us here at Boingo are rallying behind the Red Cross text campaign and we hope that you, too, will join us in this effort. To contribute now, simply text ‘Haiti’ to the number 90999. You will receive a text asking you to confirm your donation to the Red Cross. After you reply ‘Yes,’  the $10 donation will be applied to your phone bill. Kudos to the Red Cross for taking fast action via a $1 milllion donation and organizing the text campaign. The Boingo team sends our warm thoughts and prayers to the people of Haiti.

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Young Woman Survives Cancer and Becomes Humanitarian Globetrotter

In support of cancer awareness in general (October is Breast Cancer Awareness month), we interviewed survivor extraordinaire, Meaghan Edelstein. Two years ago, at age 28, Meaghan was diagnosed with stage 3B cervical cancer and told her chances of survival were slim. But she waged a victorious battle against the illness and then went on to establish Spirit Jump, a “grassroots non-profit organization with a mission to provide hope and comfort” to those battling cancer. During her own ordeal, Meaghan was so comforted by the “uplifting cards and inspirational gifts” that she has duplicated this experience for other cancer victims through Spirit Jump. Meaghan, yours is a remarkable story of survival against the odds and we toast to your continued health! Good luck as you travel around the globe dispensing comfort to others battling cancer. Here are a few of Meaghan’s travel tips: 1. Is there a gadget you can’t live without? I cannot live without my iPhone! Spirit Jump runs 100% through social media and email. We have people all over the world trying to connect with us and that means at all hours of the day. With my iPhone I can stay connected no matter where I am or

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Travel with Earth Day Network

While traveling, it is possible to come up with green alternatives and to make the world a greener and better place. A few tips are: Water purification tablets: Instead of carting around water bottles – and the waste that they create – use tablets. With the tablets, people are able to purify available water for drinking. Recently, a friend was climbing Machu Picchu in Peru and noted that all the other tourists would bring water bottles, and just leave them on the mountain side. Many of the most treasured tropical paradises on Earth are among the places most imperiled by climate change, and most vulnerable to tourists’ consumption. The Three R’s: When in your hotel, keep in mind the three R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle. Reuse your linens and towels; if you’re only there for two nights, for example, you cut back on your laundry by 50 percent – painlessly. Ask the concierge if the hotel participates in any recycling programs; if so, find out how you can contribute. Hybrid rentals: Renting a car? Get a hybrid. Now’s the perfect time to test-drive that Prius you’ve been thinking about buying. If you’re in a rural area, investigate local walking and biking