Ting Internet Westminster 2017: a year in review
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Hey Westminster, this post will catch you up on the community work, partnerships and events Ting has been up to this year in your town. We’ve had a fantastic time and have kept super busy at different events all over town and at our Ting Westminster offices, Makerspace and Experience Center.
You can get to know the Ting Westminster family in the video below.
The Makerspace and the Experience Center officially open
In 2017, we officially opened the Ting Westminster community Makerspace!
A Makerspace is a place for hobbyists, technophiles, newbies and students to create, learn, share and teach. Check out the video to see some of the cool tools and tech (like a 3D mini printer) we have in the Ting Makerspace.
2017 was a big year for Ting Westminster and we also opened the Ting Experience Center.
You can think of our Experience Center as an Internet showroom. In the Experience Center, our team is available to talk about all things Ting, help you test out a gigabit Internet connection, let you know all about cutting the cord from cable (and saving money!) and to demo our gigabit Internet speeds.
Our Makerspace and Experience Center are located at:
Ting Experience Center, 15E Main St. Suite 100, Westminster MD
For hours and more information check the Ting Westminster Facebook page.
What Westminster got up to in the Ting Makerspace
Our Makerspace was super busy all year with tutorials, workshops, introductions to our gear and more. We hosted groups like the Cool Kids Coding Club, Boy Scout Troop 393 and students from McDaniel College. If you ever want to join in for a class, event or activity just keep an eye on the Makerspace Facebook page to see what we’re offering!
We hosted a one-of-a-kind design challenge to celebrate the Oyster Stroll, the Oyster Dish Design Challenge. We asked participants to use the Ting Makerspace tools and tech to create a unique oyster serving dish, that was not only aesthetically appealing and functional, but also really different. Our entrants came up with some great ideas. You can read all about the winners here.
Exciting events and partnerships
We held a series of free family movie nights at the Carroll Arts Center. Ting screened some family classics like An American Tail and Babe: Pig in the City as well as the contemporary masterpiece Kubo and the Two Strings.
Ting participated in this year’s Fallfest, with a float in the parade and a booth at the vendor fair in Westminster City Park.
We also hosted local tech business Bytelion in the Ting Makerspace where they worked on rapid prototyping some hardware designs for a client. You can learn more about rapid prototyping and what 3D printers can do for businesses in this blog post.
Ting coordinated cash donations for the Carroll County Public Library, Westminster Branch supporting the library’s Exploration Point makerspace. Makerspaces are physical embodiments of the principles of the Internet, like self-reliance, resourcefulness and collaboration. Makerspace experiences are a pillar of our community involvement in our Ting Towns.
Meet our fall semester intern from McDaniel College
The Ting Team was excited to host Michael N. for a writing internship in 2017. Michael was a student in Josh Ambrose’s class at McDaniel College, Writing for Main Street, and got matched with Ting for a fall semester internship.
Michael N. covered the Oyster Dish Design Challenge winners, a recap of our involvement at Fallfest and wrote some fun Ting customer profiles all about the practical benefits of fiber for the Franzese family as well as Jason Dixon.
Net neutrality and a Day of Action
Here at Ting, and at our parent company Tucows, we’re big believers in a free and open Internet.
In 2017, the FCC announced its plans to rollback net neutrality. Net neutrality is aimed at leveling the playing field for Internet companies, protecting online competition, innovation, free speech, privacy and the delivery of content without interference by ISPs. In response, Ting joined in on a campaign to fight the FCC’s proposal. We participated in a massive Day of Action on July 12 to protest the changes and to keep fair and equal access to the Internet.
You can still make your voice heard at Battle for the Net. Write to Congress online here.