Homeless people turned into Wi-Fi hotspots

By on March 13, 2012
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One thing at this week’s South by Southwest (SXSW) tech conference certainly made worldwide headlines.

It was about a group of homeless people acting as Wi-fi hotspots for the thousands of attendees.

Image courtesy The New York Times

Armed with wireless devices, business cards, and wearing a T-shirt with their name on it, thirteen volunteers from a local homeless shelter were instructed to wander around where the crowds were largest, offering wi-fi service in exchange for a donation.

The stunt has drawn both interest and criticism, prompting many bloggers to state that the homeless people were being taken advantage of and that it was an absurd campaign to run. The homeless people in question however, didn’t seemed too concerned that they were being paraded around as mobile hotspots. “An honest day of work and pay.” is what one person involved in the campaign had commented.


A former IT & Marketing Manager turned full time Editor, Nick enjoys hurling fireballs and tinkering with the latest gadgets. Follow him on Twitter as @theregos

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