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Blending Art and Technology to Reach Dance Students around the World

We’re excited to share that earlier this week Cisco was honored at the National Dance Institute’s 34th annual gala at the Best Buy Theatre in New York City. National Dance Institute (NDI), a non-profit organization founded by world-renowned dancer Jacques d’Amboise, provides students access to classes and performances in the arts free of charge.

NDI Celebration Team dancers perform at NDI's 34th annual Gala

What a fantastic event!  Founder d’Amboise spoke about his experience using Cisco TelePresence to globalize dance.  Cisco was recognized for its part in hosting the first dance rehearsal via Cisco TelePresence for dancers to share virtual performances between New York and Shanghai in June 2010.

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Getting to Mt. Everest: Landing and Giving in Katmandu

On May 4, we are planning to talk with Brian Dickinson, our friend and Cisco engineer, from Mt Everest’s Base Camp at 17,500’. You can register for that free WebEx event here. In the meantime, we are following his journey there and back. Late last week, he arrived in Katmandu. All photos are courtesy of Brian Dickinson.

On March 24th, we met Brian Dickinson via WebEx before he left for his Mt Everest climb. In that session, we learned about Brian, his Navy background, his passion for extreme sports Read More »

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JW Marriott Marquis Deploys Virtual Concierge

I can’t wait to stay at the new JW Marriott Marquis next time I visit Miami, Florida. The hotel sets a new standard for technology in the hospitality industry using multiple Cisco Collaboration Solution architectures across unified communications, video, and data center. The hotel is breaking new ground with a unique, “virtual agent” in its Cisco TelePresence-based, Virtual Concierge—the world’s first such application. Hotel guests will find other video applications throughout the facility from the moment they enter the lobby to their individual guest rooms to the basketball arena with the world’s largest all-Cisco video wall. In the video below, Howard Lock, director, Internet Business Solutions Group, discusses one way that JW Marriott Marquis is using TelePresence technology to provide the ultimate guest experience and demonstrates the new Virtual Concierge in action. Click here to learn more about pervasive video at the JW Marriott Marquis.

Master Business Series: Gain Business Savvy in Less than 15 Minutes and It’s Free

We have a not-so-hidden treasure at Cisco. His name is Inder Sidhu and he’s an amazing executive. He is Cisco’s Senior Vice President of Strategy and Planning for Worldwide Operations but more importantly, he’s a communicator interested in sharing the secrets he’s learned in business with us.

Now you can get Inder’s advice via WebEx.

His work has been recognized business leaders and business school leaders who recommend Inder and his advice as essential for anyone who is looking at business in a strategic, thoughtful way. His book is called “Doing Both” because he believes you don’t have to choose a single path.

Win a free copy of Doing Both! (see March 31 post)

Inder has recorded a series of WebEx recordings that run Read More »

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WebEx New Video Does Amazing Things!

WebEx high quality video is even better! Now you can test out new hairstyles with the Easy-Style feature when you are hosting or participating in a WebEx. All you do is log into your meeting, turn on your web cam and use the Easy-Style tool to try new hairstyles while you meet!

From up-dos to sweeps, comb-overs to The Beiber, you can try them all with just a simply click and drag. Want to try a new color? That’s available too. Blonde, brunette, redhead or just a hint of wild color, you can try them out with Easy-Style.

Sound too good to be true?

That’s because it is. Read More »

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