Orion in Action at Twitter for Good

Twice a year, Twitter employees come together to participate in an event called #FridayforGood, lending a hand to nonprofits and community organizations. This spring, 1,500 eager Twitter employees joined forces to volunteer for over 70 different programs across the globe.

Orion was thrilled to be invited to provide communication solutions for the day. I went to assist alongside Twitter employees at Compass Family Services, a group dedicated to helping homeless and near-homeless families get back on their feet and stable. Our task was to install WiFi for the residents in one of Compass’s buildings. It involved setting up a relay point on the roof, running cables from the roof down through the seven-story building to the basement and installing multiple WiFi hubs on several floors in the process.

In order to tackle multiple parts of the project at once, we split up into several teams, but we remained connected with Orion devices. Each team could be anywhere in the building, so that connection to the Orion network was crucial to keep communication flowing. The alternative would’ve been marching up and down stairs — so we were able to save a lot of time and energy, accomplishing more in one day than we could have otherwise.

 Everyone there was very enthusiastic about helping. People were drilling, pulling cable, crimping cable and contributing in every way they could. Who would have thought installing internet could take so long and be so complicated? The entire experience was surreal. It was really inspiring to see a group of people getting together and working hard all day to help others.

It was incredible to see so many people come together for a good cause and to be a part of it. Twitter’s enthusiasm to help others is palpable and contagious. I’m excited to see how the Orion network can help others in the future.