15 05, 2017

Week of May 15th – Lots Going On!


It's a busy week here at Work Hard Pittsburgh.... Stop in to our Headquarters or check these events: Monday May 15 Brashear  Association Open House at ALEC will feature a special collaboration with coop member Haggerty Media and students of the ALEC.  Together Haggerty Media and other coop members worked with students to create Allentown [...]

22 06, 2015

Meta Mesh wants to get mesh network Wi-Fi to neighborhoods throughout Pittsburgh


Adam Longwill built his first wireless antenna using a wok. “My parents, whom I was living with at the time, had DSL and they were too cheap to get a better connection,” the founder and CEO of Meta Mesh jokes. “I was home from college and I was desperate for good Internet speed. I thought [...]

17 06, 2015

Meta Mesh looking to expand free wireless Internet access throughout Pittsburgh


There's a lot of talk of bridging what's referred to as the digital divide—the gap between haves and have nots when it comes to access to modern information and communications technology — and one Pittsburgh startup thinks it has the solution. With its community-owned wireless networks, Meta Mesh LLC is looking to connect Pittsburgh neighborhoods [...]

17 06, 2015

Pittsburgh startup to ‘democratize’ broadband with free wireless Internet


Meta Mesh, a Pittsburgh startup, is hoping to bring free wireless broadband service to neighborhoods through its PittMesh network, which lets anyone join the network using consumer-grade, off-the-shelf Wi-Fi hardware. The Wi-Fi access is provided by residents and businesses in a neighborhood that volunteer to host the necessary equipment. With enough hotspot nodes, PittMesh can [...]

6 04, 2015

12 communities experimenting with mesh networks


Whether to get around traditional ISPs or to bulk up resiliency in the event of a disaster, these mesh networks are worth knowing about. Mesh networks help people stay connected while avoiding traditional internet providers. Motivation around the country for creating community mesh networks ranges from a desire for social justice, improved information access during natural disasters or just [...]

14 11, 2014

Pittsburgh’s Allentown gets free wireless Internet


Free wireless has arrived in Allentown, allowing people within a quarter-mile of host antennas on Warrington Avenue to use the Internet, with battery backup in case of power outages. The young company Meta Mesh developed the community networking prototype, PittMesh, and considers the Warrington project the first piece of what its founder, Adam Longwill, expects [...]

11 02, 2014

Local Company Puts Drone In Pittsburgh’s Sky


PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Flying robots circling the skies above Pittsburgh? It may sound futuristic, but the widespread use of unmanned aerial vehicles, known as drones, may only be a few years away. Commercial drone use is still illegal, though the FAA continues to draft regulations. Read More: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2014/02/11/local-company-puts-drone-in-pittsburghs-sky/

8 11, 2013

Award #24: PittMesh


Two years ago, Meta Mesh founder Adam Longwill wanted to make a private Wi-Fi connection to his friends’ houses. After testing various antenna designs and routing technologies for a year, he decided not to limit his network to just his friends. He recruited a team on-line, and one year ago, founded his company, Meta Mesh, [...]

13 09, 2013

Young entrepreneurs work hard to build brand


Growing up in North Carolina, Micha Rosa started his first company at the age of 12 while he was attending high school. He moved to Pittsburgh in 2007 at age 16 to attend Carnegie Mellon University’sTepper School of Business. While there, he co-founded SurhRosa, a Web design agency that grew from a class project to [...]