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What 30 Years of History Means for the Future

Thirty years. What were you doing 30 years ago? Were you graduating from college? From high school? Were you starting your first career? Were you born yet? Thirty years is obviously going to mean different things to different people.

Here at Cisco, we’re celebrating 30 years. Thirty years of technology. Thirty years of innovation. Thirty years of growth. And while it may not have been a part of our original vision to change the way the world works, lives, plays, and learns, we’ve certainly evolved—making that mantra a part of our DNA. We’re also saying goodbye to our CEO John Chambers, who has led us through the last 20 years, and welcoming new CEO Chuck Robbins to carry the torch and lead us into our next chapter.

Our 30 years have not been without struggles or challenges. We’ve seen the rise and fall of other companies. We’ve walked among the giants and startups of the Silicon Valley, a region that has grown into an economic powerhouse for change. And, today—at this moment—we’re not only surviving, we’re thriving.

Our success means more than good things for Cisco. Ultimately, it amplifies our ability to change the world.

Cisco Networking Academy, our longest-running and largest Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, has helped more than 5.5 million people develop IT skills and launch careers since 1997.

Cisco Networking Academy, our longest-running and largest Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, has helped more than 5.5 million people develop IT skills and launch careers since 1997.

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Cisco Technology Powers “Wall of Friends” to Help Children

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many powerful stories can a wall of video screens tell?

Enough to help more than 8300 children whose lives have been torn apart by war, it turns out.

War Child, a Dutch nonprofit that Cisco has supported for ten years with cash and product grants, held a televised event to raise money for its work on June 10. During the show, video reports of children affected by war were shown on a giant 17-by-4-meter “Wall of Friends,” based on Cisco collaboration technology. The Wall of Friends uses the same Cisco technology seen on the “Wall of America” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

The TV program, “Friends for War Child,” generated enough donations to help 8317 children.

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Cisco France Holds Second Annual “Giving Back” Day

The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) team in France recently organized the second Cisco France #GivingBackDay and 74 volunteers participated. Under a shining sun, they spend half a day helping local non-for-profit organizations multiply their impact.

The volunteers could choose from 7 activities for social good, all within walking distance from the Cisco Paris office. Some decided to help decorate a shelter for the homeless, or to give a hand to a local organization specializing in rehabilitation through gardening.

Others gave their time to sort food and material in a charity grocery shop, helped the Connected Bees team jar its last honey harvest, or helped unemployed people prepare for job interviews. In addition, 13 employees learned live-saving techniques from the Red Cross.

Cisco employees gardened and improved the living space of sheep, which graze along a hard-to-manage railroad embankment, promoting biodiversity and reducing the need for pesticides.

Cisco employees gardened and improved the living space of sheep, which graze along a hard-to-manage railroad embankment, promoting biodiversity and reducing the need for pesticides.

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Sustainability Up on the Roof

When most people think about sustainability at a company like Cisco, they envision solar arrays and smart cities – and we certainly have those! But humming quietly on the roof of every building is a significant energy consumer, the air conditioning.  So just as we innovate solutions for the Internet of Everything, we also search for ways to improve facility energy efficiency in many ways that aren’t obvious to building occupants.

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A Seismic STEM Challenge

Over 2000 innovators came together in San Jose recently to examine ways to ensure that buildings can survive powerful earthquakes.

This was no ordinary trade show. It wasn’t an industry conference filled with engineers and seismologists, policymakers and building managers. Instead, the more than 2000 participants were students, grades 4 through 12, from across Silicon Valley who came together for The Tech Challenge, a signature event of The Tech Museum of Innovation. Cisco has been the event’s presenting sponsor for five years.

The challenge was deceptively simple: design, engineer, and build a multi-story building able to withstand powerful seismic forces. Hundreds of teams spent the last 6 months researching seismic engineering, testing materials, and coming up with strong and flexible designs.

Then, these projects were put to the ultimate test: withstanding the earthquake simulator to see if the building survived intact.

The Tech Challenge is one of the most diverse science competitions in the United States

The Tech Challenge is one of the most diverse science competitions in the United States

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