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Connecting the World to the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, Canada

With 31 venues, 364 medal events, 7,000 athletes, 1 million attendees, 650 hours of online coverage, and 23,000 volunteers, the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, Canada were one of the largest international multi-sport competitions ever. And to broadcast the nearly month-long event, organizers needed a massive network capable of reaching every corner of the globe.

To do that, technology-sponsor Cisco tapped local Cisco Networking Academies to build the technology to power the games. Working with Cisco Systems engineers, students were given a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience, build out their resumes, receive mentoring and training, and gain exposure to potential workplaces. The program was designed to showcase the potential of the students for employers and highlight their unique skills in a professional setting. From behind-the-scenes to the podiums of a world-stage sporting event, the students were given the chance to gain the experience needed to stand out in a competitive job market.

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Sustainability Was Top of Mind for Cisco in 2015

Cisco’s commitment to sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) starts at the top, with our CEO Chuck Robbins saying in the most recent CSR report, “I truly believe that what is good for the world and good for business are more closely connected than ever before.”

Sustainability Picture

Through our collective efforts, we’re not only speeding the pace of social change around the world, but creating a better world for future generations to thrive. From the innovative technologies and solutions that we develop to our various CSR-related initiatives, we are making a positive difference in the world, economically, socially and environmentally.

As we begin this New Year, here are highlights of Cisco’s top accomplishments related to sustainability—a result of our coordinated efforts in 2015. We also want to extend a big thank you to all of our employees, partners and teams throughout the world. Each of you has helped to make these initiatives a reality.

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Cisco Joins Global Problem Solvers at 2016 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting

This week, more than 2,500 leaders from business, government, academia, and civil society will convene at the 2016 World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. As one of those attendees, Cisco will collaborate with other global problem solvers in strategic discussions about the political, economic, social, and technological transformations reshaping the world.

This year marks Cisco’s 14th as a WEF Strategic Partner, putting us in a group of 100 companies committed to changing the world. Our annual inclusion in WEF gives us the opportunity to build and strengthen the relationships that help us address some of the world’s biggest challenges. One of the key challenges being discussed as this year’s summit is “employment, skills and human capital,” with a focus on how to create 470 million new jobs in the connected economy by 2030.

More than 2,500 leaders from around the world will convene in Davos, Switzerland this week for the 2016 WEF Annual Meeting

More than 2,500 leaders from around the world will convene in Davos, Switzerland this week for the 2016 WEF Annual Meeting

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2015 Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility Report: Society

Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility strategy prioritizes the issues that are most important to our business and to our stakeholders, identified through a formal CSR materiality assessment. We use the Cisco CSR Report to communicate our approach, objectives, progress, and challenges around five high-level priorities. This morning, we’ll focus on Society:

Cisco has been integral in the growth of the Internet, and we recognize that the growing number of connections can help solve some of the world’s most pressing social issues. Through our social investments, we empower global problem solvers to harness technology to address these challenges. In the video below, Cisco’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Tae Yoo, discusses Cisco’s efforts to speed the pace of social change around the world.

Kathy Mulvany, Vice President of Cisco Corporate Affairs, believes technology is a tool that can make the world a better place:

“Whether creating better access to education and healthcare, restoring communications after disaster strikes, or helping nonprofits better serve more people, information and communications technology (ICT) can strengthen communities and improve lives.”

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Say “Hello” to the Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders Winners

Technology has the power to connect more than just computers, routers, or switches. In the right hands, it can connect people from all corners of the world. And for 11 students from 11 different countries, this week’s Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders grand prize trip to San Jose, California is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do just that. As winners of the annual NetRiders competition, they have the chance to discover new IT career paths, network with industry experts, and learn how they can use their skills to someday solve the world’s most pressing social issues.

Meet this year's group of NetRiders winners; they're the future of the IT industry.

Meet this year’s group of NetRiders winners; they’re the future of the IT industry.

Current and recent Cisco Networking Academy students can compete in NetRiders, an interactive networking skills contest from May to October that motivates students to pursue future education and training in the technology field. During the competition, students take a timed theoretical exam, a Packet Tracer exam, and participate in a network simulation activity — hands-on challenges designed to put their knowledge of Networking Academy curriculum to the test.

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