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October is one of my favorite months with the Exceeding Expectations kids.  As you all know, our top priority for the kids is, and always will be, education. That said, every October we participate in two athletic events that I feel are significant in laying the groundwork necessary for them to be successful in the academic world and in their adult lives.  The first of these events is the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) triathlon, aptly called “The Best Day in Triathlon.” Here’s a brief overview from their website:  “In 1994, three friends started a triathlon fundraiser to help one man regain his independence after a tragic accident left him a quadriplegic. From one came many, and Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) took root in the belief that sports and an active lifestyle are a pathway to more in life. Since that fundraiser 25 years ago, CAF has been committed to breaking the financial barrier that individuals with physical challenges face to participate in sports and live a healthy and active lifestyle.”  Participating alongside challenged athletes in a very tough race gives our kids an additional perspective on their own lives. The racers on the course with them face obstacles that they

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The Boingo and Krispy Kreme Totally Sweet Sweepstakes is Back!

We’re celebrating the recent addition of Boingo-enabled Krispy Kreme locations by bringing back the Totally Sweet Sweepstakes! We invite all fans of Krispy Kreme doughnuts and Boingo Wireless to participate for a chance to win sweet prizes. To whet your appetite, we’re giving away free doughnuts to everyone who enters the sweepstakes — simply provide a valid email address through one of the registration processes described below, and we’ll send you a coupon redeemable at any participating Krispy Kreme location. A contest isn’t a contest without some competition, winners and grand prizes! So even though prizes will be awarded through a random drawing, you can maximize your chances of winning by submitting up to three entries every day until the final date of the sweepstakes on December 1, 2011. Be sure to read the official rules and terms and conditions for the Totally Sweet Sweepstakes. Here’s a summary: Prizes: All participants who provide a valid email address will automatically win up to three coupons for free Krispy Kreme doughnuts redeemable at any participating Krispy Kreme location. The following prizes will be awarded to winners selected through a random drawing: Grand prize: a $100 Amazon.com Gift Card, a complimentary year of Boingo Global Wi-Fi

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Win 2 Free Tickets to Katy Perry at Nokia Theatre LA, Courtesy of Boingo

UPDATE: WINNERS Thank you to everyone for entering this contest! Our judge, Dawn, had a very difficult time narrowing down the winners, so it was quite a tight race! The winners are: First place: Oscar! You win two free tickets to today’s show! Second place: Mina! You win two free tickets to today’s show! Third place: Scotty! You win a $50 gift certificate to the Katy Perry online store! ———————————————– Does Katy Perry melt your popsicle? Does she light you up like a firework? Will you be close to the golden coast this Friday evening, August 5th? If you answered “yes” to all of the above, then Boingo just might be your hook-up — we have two sets of VIP tickets (four tickets total) to the Katy Perry concert at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles! Want to score tickets for you and a guest? Read on! (Hey, if you won’t be in Los Angeles this Friday, don’t let it weigh you down. You can still enter our contest for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the Katy Perry online store.) Here’s the Katy Perry contest dealio: Choose your favorite Katy Perry song and re-write four to ten lines of the lyrics.

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The Valentine’s Marriage Proposal Contest Gallery — and Winners!

Behold! Below are the marriage proposals we received from our Valentine’s contest. These declarations of love affected us in various ways. Some made us laugh and some made us misty-eyed. ALL the proposals warmed our hearts. We are lucky to have such a great community. Thank you to each and every contestant. And now, the winners! Our judges — Dave Hagan (Boingo president & CEO), Dawn Callahan (Boingo vp of marketing) and Joshua Zweighaft (Boingo superfan) have chosen the following three proposers: First place winner: Tempestt Storm for this thoughtful, fun, and all-around awesome video. You win an Apple iPad with one year of Boingo Wi-Fi! Second place winner: Steven Frischling for this quintessential, creative and all-around adorable photo. You win a Roku XDS player and six months of Boingo Wi-Fi! VIDEO SUBMISSIONS (click to view): PHOTO SUBMISSIONS (click to view): LOVE LETTERS/POEMS (click to view):

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Travel Tuesday Deals – 1/25/2011

Valentine’s Day is less than twenty days away, but it’s not too late to plan a romantic getaway. Below are a few of our favorite travel deals for all you lovebirds out there. The StarGazers Inn & Observatory in Big Bear Lake, California is offering a “Valentine’s Romance” package for $325 a couple. The price includes one night at the astrology-themed inn, roses, champagne, chocolates and bath products for the jacuzzi. The offer is valid for stays February 9-15. (Via BudgetTravel) The Lodge at Koehle, a Four Seasons Resort on the island of Lanai (a short boat-ride from Maui), is currently offering rooms starting at $295 per night with the third night free. Folks, this is a great deal, considering 1) the cost of rooms here are typically not this low 2) Koehle is a lovely, luxurious and unforgettable experience (we’ve been there and highly recommend it) — perfect for a romantic indulgence. The deal is valid for stays February 11-15. (Via Expedia) Looking to go big for Valentine’s Day, maybe even propose marriage? Check out the Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa in West Sussex, England for a super-deluxe, ultra-private, tete-a-tete experience. The “romantic package” starts at £999 if booked by January 31 and includes: “exclusive hire of the spa,

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The Boingo Spooky Story Contest

UPDATE: The winner of our Spooky Story contest is Julie Vessigault! Congratulations! Here is her spooky story: Monica’s shift would start in thirty minutes. The sun hadn’t yet risen. She logged onto Boingo to check the wicked new viral video online as she readied for work in the crew room. Before rushing out to the airport tarmac, she inhaled the cream puffs she had taken from last night’s Dead Man’s Party. Walking out to the fuel truck, she noticed something wasn’t right. Peering into the 737’s cockpit above her, a St. Elmo’s Fire filled the deserted aircraft windows. Suddenly the engines jumped into full throttle, it pushed back, and taxied away… – – – Halloween is celebrated in only a handful of countries, but we’re inviting the Boingo community around the world to celebrate with us by by participating in our spooky story contest. Write a spooky story in 100 words or fewer and include a few of our key words below. If your story is selected as the spookiest, you win a $100 Amazon gift certificate. The rules are simple: Write a spooky story in 100 words or fewer. Submit  your spooky story by cutting and pasting the text

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Win an Unlimited “All You Can Jet” JetBlue Package, Courtesy of Gadling

Those traveling gurus over at Gadling are giving away the summer’s sweetest travel package: an “All You Can Jet” JetBlue pass for thirty days of unlimited travel anywhere JetBlue flies, a $250 gift card from SCOTTEVEST, a 4GB wireless Eye-Fi memory card, a three-month Boingo Wi-Fi subscription, and a free book and CD or Movie from Swap.com. To enter the contest, all you have to do is post a comment on Gadling’s site about what you would do/where you would go if you had thirty days of unlimited travel. Not one but TWO lucky ducks will win Gadling’s travel package. As one of the contest sponsors, we aren’t eligible to enter the contest. Boo hoo. But if you win, will you grant us one wish? We’d like to feature your thirty-day adventure here on our blog. Grazi!

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Win One Million Hours of Free Boingo Wi-Fi

  On Monday, we announced a new app to purchase one-hour Wi-Fi credits directly from Apple iTunes. We also launched a contest to give away an iPad to the 1000th customer of the new Boingo app. Never in our wildest dreams did we expect the winner to materialize within hours of our announcement! To keep the party going, we’re upping the ante with a bigger and better giveaway: one million free Wi-Fi credits. That’s a buttload of Wi-Fi! To qualify, all you have to do is tattoo a permanent Boingo logo somewhere on your body. Before you run out and make this commitment, however, be sure to read our full contest rules, including terms and conditions here. Read our press announcement here. If you need recommendations for tattoo parlors, we know of a few fine establishments that guarantee clean needles and plenty of painkillers. That’s because we’re no stranger to going under the needle — many of us, including our CEO Dave Hagan, sport one (even two) Boingo tattoos — yes, we dig our company.