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How Empowering Women in IT Can Spur Economic Development

This blog was originally published on the Huffington Post

It’s a startling pair of statistics: When women are able to earn an income, they typically reinvest 90 percent of it back into their families and communities. And, for every year a girl stays in school, her future earnings will increase exponentially.

These numbers, from the World Bank and the Council on Foreign Relations, respectively, highlight a simple, common-sense truth: The more time a girl spends in the classroom, the higher the return on investment for her time, and the beneficiaries are stronger families and communities.

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International Networking Champions Descend on Silicon Valley

January 10, 2014 at 7:00 am PST

On Monday January 13, 19 Cisco Networking Academy students from around the world will arrive at Cisco headquarters, where they will spend a week learning about the IT industry and making connections that could launch their careers.

As the top scorers in 2013 Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders International Skills Competitions, the students won a grand-prize, all-expenses paid trip to Cisco headquarters. They will meet with Cisco President Rob Lloyd, tour Cisco offices, visit the Stanford University campus, and experience local attractions in San Francisco and Santa Cruz.

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Cisco Technologies Provide Business, Environmental Value to World Wildlife Foundation

January 9, 2014 at 2:35 pm PST

This post is excerpted from an article published on Cisco’s internal website, Cisco Employee Connection. 

WWF_LPCCisco is committed to building a brilliant future through innovation, education, and sustainability. That’s why the Cisco UK team is thrilled to support the World Wildlife Foundation, the world’s leading independent conservation organization, by providing new and refurbished technology for WWF’s new U.K. headquarters, the Living Planet Centre (LPC).

WWF is responsible for helping tackle some of the world’s most significant environmental challenges across the globe, sharing potential solutions along the way. Yet the foundation’s U.K. employees were working in a building that was out of date, physically, environmentally, and technologically. So WWF approached Cisco to assist in making a lasting difference.

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Cisco is Picking up Speed with Solar

Did you know that every hour the sun beams onto Earth more than enough energy to satisfy global energy needs for an entire year? Or that solar energy produces little to no greenhouse gasses? Clearly, solar power has the potential to reduce our reliance on other forms of energy, but how do we harness it?

Cisco is taking up the challenge in a number of ways:

1. We recently installed a 264-kilowatt roof-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) system at our data center in Richardson, Texas. (Solar PV systems convert sunlight into electricity and can be used to power just about anything that uses electricity from homes and businesses to cars and of course, IT equipment!). This particular system will produce approximately 370,000 kilowatt hours annually, equivalent to the annual electricity use of 30 U.S. homes.

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Cisco UK Makes BIG Progress Toward Tech Innovation in 2013

December 22, 2013 at 10:00 pm PST

Well what a fantastic year it has been in the British Innovation Gateway (BIG) programme — Cisco’s initiative to discover, support, and accelerate innovation and growth amongst tech-based “start ups” across the UK.

We started the year with the objective of achieving a minimum of 3 things – running another successful BIG Awards competition in 2013, opening our Innovation Centre in the Shoreditch district of London, and hitting critical mass with the National Virtual Incubator. But as we come to the end of 2013, it is clear we have achieved so much more!

Things kicked off in January when I joined several hundred like-minded people at the great Spigit Innovation Summit (SIS 2013) in Dana Point, California and we presented a keynote on the BIG programme and how it sits at the centre of our London 2012 Olympic Legacy. It was fantastic to share the stage with such inspirational leaders and speakers as Sir Ken Robinson (a TED veteran) and Paul Pluschkell, founder and CEO of Spigit (now Spigit Mindjet), not to mention many of their leading Innovation customers such as Citibank and Novartis who also took part.

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