There is a lot of talk about the Olympic legacy for London 2012, yet in some parts of the media in particular there seems to remain some cynicism. But over the past few weeks and months I have witnessed the genuine efforts being made by Cisco to building a brilliant future after the Games.
For example former Olympic silver medallist Roger Black and Cisco ambassador has spent the last week touring around several schools in the east end of London to highlight the Cisco Network Academy programme and inspire kids to look at Science Technology Engineering and Math subjects at school.
But inspiring as Roger undoubtedly was, he was overshadowed by the other speaker, Sean Kelly a graduate of the Cisco Network Academy in Wandsworth Prison.
Sean’s story of how he turned his life around held the kids equally gripped as winning a medal in the Olympic 4x400 metre finals!
Earlier this week Sean also joined a webTV chat with Cisco UK CTO Ian Foddering and talked about the NetAcademy programme and his inspiration. You can see a recording of the broadcast here.
Cisco is well advanced in a raft of legacy programmes to support the vision the Olympic organisers announced when London won the right to host the Games. And we are determined that the Olympics will just be start of that journey.