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Hello and welcome to the first of what I hope will be many blogs I’ll get to write on behalf of Cisco.  This is my opportunity to explain a little about the Cisco Legacy and Building A Brilliant Future (BABF).

As we passed the major milestone of One Year To Go, the focus from the key London 2012 stakeholders has been concentrated on preparing for the Games --  and rightly so.  However, the Cisco team are equally proud of our Legacy programme, Building A Brilliant Future, and the work we are doing to take the project forward.

The objective is to deliver lasting social and economic benefits throughout the UK including the Games host boroughs.  Our work will provide an ongoing programme to accelerate skills, learning and innovation with the key focus on STEM (Science, technology, engineering and Maths) and Innovation.

The project kicked off in January when we were  the first London 2012 technology sponsor to participate in the STEMNet Challenge programme.

As part of the programme schools across the UK were invited to design a web presence for Para-Olympian hand cyclist Rachel Morris. The response, the quality of the submissions and the enthusiasm of all the students involved was overwhelming.  It was also great to work with partners like STEMNet and Ravensbourne College who hosted the finals. By the way, congratulations go to the winners Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College in Worcester.

At the same time we are also developing other STEM based initiatives that will be launching later this year. These will enable students at schools and colleges in London and the rest of the UK to participate in some unique learning driven activities using the Games as inspiration.  Built around technology, science and maths our objective is to double the number of Cisco Network Academies in East London and inspire the next generation of innovators and scientists while demonstrating the career possibilities on offer.

When the medals have been counted, the athletes and teams have returned to their respective countries and we’ve all had the chance to reflect on what an amazing experience and success the whole event was, the spotlight will fall upon the lasting legacy of London 2012.

From the outset, Cisco’s vision for this once in a lifetime opportunity is to demonstrate how our technology can change the way we work live play and learn.

It’s also something the BABF initiative have to deliver against.

Find out more – go to  www.ciscolondon2012.co.uk

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