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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If you’re looking for gift ideas for the tech geek in your life, look no further. We fished for suggestions from the geeks we know best — Boingo employees. Here are a few of their favorite tech things: Apple iPad ($499 and up) powered by Boingo Wi-Fi ($7.95/month): “I’ve had my iPad for six months now and I’m still enchanted with it. And nothing beats the ability to get online at 200,000+ Boingo hotspots.” — Dave Hagan, president & CEO Apple iPhone 4 ($199 and up): “It’s a mini-computer, it has wi-fi (via Boingo!), it takes great pictures, and there’s never a boring moment with all the available apps, games, music and videos.” — Nadia Lee, senior A/P analyst Apple MacBook Air ($999 and up): “It’s light, thin and powerful. It’s all I want for Christmas.” — Jennifer Demeterio, web engineer Boxee ($199): “Boxee’s website says it best: ‘A lot of your favorite shows and movies are already available on the Internet. Boxee is a device that finds them and puts them on your TV. It’s easy to use and even better, there’s no monthly fee.’” — Brian Shields, web development and architecture manager Canon EOS Rebel T2i Digital SLR
RCR Wireless News interviews our President and CEO, Dave Hagan, on the evolutionary growth of Wi-Fi and how Boingo has stayed abreast of consumer demand, most notably in the mobile space. Here are the highlights of the article: The uptake of Wi-Fi services received a significant boost when chip giant Intel Corp. began pushing laptop chipset with embedded Wi-Fi connectivity. This lead to a proliferation of hot spots in public places where people could use their laptops like airports and restaurants. Over the past several years, Wi-Fi enabled mobile devices have become the driving force behind public Wi-Fi adoption. “I think we are past those friend or foe days,” Hagan said. “Most carriers realize and understand that consumers are increasing their data usage on smart phones and are looking at ways to offload some of that traffic.” Most public Wi-Fi deployments depend on either a customer pay model in which the user pays for each session, or a venue pay model where a location offers free Wi-Fi connectivity to customers. “There is really no such thing as free Wi-Fi,” Hagan explained. “It’s just a matter of cost shifting.” Read the rest of the article here.
Lynette Luna’s latest article for Fierce Broadband Wireless reviews how mobile operators are finally embracing Wi-Fi. But she wants to know: how far will they go to actually encourage consumers to use Wi-Fi? Boingo’s CEO, Dave Hagan, weighs in. “Indeed, [Dennis] Whiteside [AT&T assistant vice president for consumer markets] said AT&T benefits from owning hotspots and offering WiFi for free to smartphone users on a number of fronts: network savings, customer retention and value for the hotspot venue owners. Dave Hagan, CEO with hotspot aggregator Boingo, said the same can be said for operators partnering with aggregators. The company’s usage trends at its airport hotspots revealed earlier this year that about a quarter of all connections from January to May were mobile devices. Eighty-nine percent of those users were iPhone users. Moreover, Boingo mobile users are consuming an average of 114 MB of data over WiFi per month, Hagan said. “And that’s not data going through the cellular network,” Hagan said. “I bounced that number off several different carriers, and they agree. If you extrapolate that number, subscribers are consuming 400 to 500 MB per month on the cellular network. That is an enormous amount of data. Right now it’s