On January 19, Andrey Kharitonov, Alexey Lukatsky, Oleg Snigirev, Sergey Timofeev and Vasily Tomilin from Cisco’s Moscow office joined some 30 thousand Muscovites to celebrate Epiphany in a centuries-old tradition.
Like many other Russian Orthodox followers they braved the chill, typical for this time of the year (less than 2 degrees Farhenheit), and took a swim in a hole cut in the ice covering the Moscow river.
Our goal was to showcase the important role information and communication technologies play in driving societies towards innovation and achieving economic growth and prosperity.
A global team of 27 Cisco volunteers came together in Sohar, Oman, with Fast Lane, a Cisco Learning Partner, to promote discussions on how ICT training can facilitate the transformation of Oman’s society by developing and empowering Omani youth; the main source for local IT talent.
Business Outreach: Setting the Course
Cisco’s Middle East Employee Resource Group brings together employees who want to enhance their careers, support the community, and grow the business by facilitating business partnerships between Cisco and the community. As part of the Business Outreach Program, they were part of a global team representing employees in Dubai, Egypt, KSA, Lebanon, Belgium and the US.
They started this journey by agreeing to deliver a pilot training program to college and high school students with the objective of:
Increasing technology awareness,
Enhancing technical and business skills for local workforce development, and
The reason, I learned when I recently interviewed Dr. Luis Carniglia, who is in charge of Garrahan’s Reference and Counter-reference Program, is that many parents whisk their kids off to the Buenos Aires hospital simply because they do not trust the medics in their local healthcare center. The Garrahan is one of the top pediatric hospitals in the region—and as a parent myself I know what it is like to want the very best for your children.
But a high proportion of cases the Garrahan’s doctors get to see could easily be treated at a local hospital, says Dr. Carniglia, if only parents could somehow be convinced that the medical attention there is just as good as it is in the capital. Mindful of this, Dr. Carniglia is heading a project to extend the Garrahan’s 12-year-old remote patient consultation service with Cisco TelePresence and Unified Communications, so Buenos Aires-based doctors can give real-time support to medics doing consultations in regional centers.
In practice, this means parents can now have the reassurance of seeing a Garrahan specialist—over TelePresence or via Unified Communications—alongside their local pediatric doctor.
This reinforces parents’ confidence in regional healthcare staff and removes the need for costly and time-consuming travel.
You can also see the system in action in this video (in Spanish, with English subtitles) featuring Dr. Carniglia, members of the Cisco team working on the telemedicine project, and Telefónica, the service provider involved.
The Cisco Networking Academy program in Kenya has opened an IT academy in collaboration with Deaf Aid, a Norwegian based nongovernmental organization in Nairobi. The new centre provides a forum for reflection on the plight of the disabled with regard to equal access to learning and career opportunities, especially in the emergent market-savvy ICT industry. This is a key milestone in Cisco’s commitment to support ICT capacity building for all citizens and give them an equal opportunity regardless of their social and physical status.
Cisco Networking Academy is a global education program providing Information Technology skills to students globally to improve their career and economic opportunities in communities around the world. In Kenya, Cisco has partnered with educational institutions and Non Governmental Organizations, through which the public has access to the Cisco training in ICT. Through these partnerships, Cisco has established community academies to serve people from disadvantaged areas.
Although the recent UN Climate Change conference left open many important questions, some of the participants were able to experience that it is actually possible to do things differently and in a more environmentally friendly way, thanks to collaborative technologies.
Delegates from the Czech Republic and Hungary took advantage of the Cisco Global Climate Change Meeting Platform to hold press briefings via Cisco TelePresence. As a result, journalists could stay up-to-date on what’s going on in Copenhagen, without having to travel there physically.
The Global Climate Change Meeting Platform will stay in place until the end of 2010 and will support future climate change discussions by allowing delegates from around the globe to join discussions in a more environmentally sustainable, efficient and inclusive manner.