On March 6th, 2018, Ping was contacted by a customer asking if they could get early access to a device. In the spirit of fairness, we typically don’t grant early access but being it was our beta test and this customer had an “unusual” request, we sent them their Ping.
It seems that this user had a friend leaving to go climb Mt. Everest to raise awareness for Multiple Myeloma, a type of cancer. Being concerned for his friend, he wanted a way to track his journey while he was 8,000+ miles away from Everest in Charlotte, NC. Ping’s SOS button could also be helpful if he got into trouble.
To be honest, the Ping team was skeptical that the device would work half-way around the globe, let alone on the rooftop of the world. However, a few days later the pics and emails starting coming in:
My friend Dr. XXXX returned from the Everest trip yesterday. As promised, here is a picture of Ping in front of “Gorak Shep” which is just short of Everest Base camp. It worked flawless on the trip.
Have attached some pictures. You are welcome to share with the followers. On a side note, I have also included a link to his fundraising page where he is raising funds for Multiple Myeloma (type of cancer) which this trip was for. If you guys are comfortable sharing the link to help him raise some more money for the cause, it would be greatly appreciated. If you cant, i understand.
Thanks for sending over the beta unit on such a short notice.
Thank you to Raja and his friend for trusting Ping to be a small part of this journey. We strongly recommend to everyone they also support this cause by visiting https://endurance.themmrf.org/2018Everest/SaadUsmani