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Catalysts for 10x Innovation (Part 2)

Innovation CartoonHatching brilliant ideas for the world’s next big innovation is the easy part.  Bringing those ideas to life — through new software, hardware or services solutions — is the hard part.  That’s exponentially true when it comes to the Internet of Everything because of the extra complexity of connecting people, data, process and things through technology.

In our corporate world, it’s called “execution.”  How an innovation is developed from concept to concrete is just as important as the original brainchild itself.

In my last blog, I focused on catalysts that can fuel innovation 10x:  Inclusion, diversity, inquisitiveness, observation, networking, agility and flexibility – they all fuel innovation.  Here, in part two, I want to share some game-changing insights on execution that I learned from industry leaders at Cisco’s recent “Walk the Talk” Leadership Forum.

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The Future of IoT Is Now: Proof at the upcoming IoT World Forum

IoTWFWe’re now less than a week away from the Internet of Things World Forum, located in Dubai. This premier industry event, on December 6-8, will showcase many of the exciting transformations made possible by the Internet of Things (IoT) gaining momentum across the globe. The agenda is packed with keynotes by industry leaders, breakout sessions, a hackathon, a startup showcase, and a smart-city tour of Dubai. But there are two events I’m particularly proud to highlight.

Research and Innovation Symposium

Designed for industry leaders, academic researchers, R&D directors, and technology professionals driving IoT, the symposium provides unique insight into the emerging technologies and research that will shape the future of IoT. This year, the symposium will explore “the two faces of IoT”—the endless possibilities for innovation, and the haunting technology questions and challenges that must be addressed and overcome as we move toward an ever more connected world. The symposium will run in two information-rich 75-minute sessions over the course of two days. It will highlight the insights of distinguished speakers from around the world representing perspectives from industry, government, and academia. If you want a glimpse into the future of IoT, don’t miss it.

Cisco Innovation Grand Challenge

Interest was high at last year’s Innovation Grand Challenge demonstrations at the IoTWF.

Interest was high at last year’s Innovation Grand Challenge demonstrations at the IoTWF.

Our second annual Innovation Grand Challenge brings six amazing startups to Dubai to compete for their share of $250,000 in cash prizes. This global competition aims to recognize, promote, and accelerate the adoption of breakthrough IoT technologies and products. The IoT World Forum is the culmination of a six-month process, which started in June with 3,000 participants from 101 countries. These entrants were narrowed down to 15 semi-finalists, and then—a most difficult task—to the six finalists who will give their pitches live, on stage, on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 8:00-9:45 a.m. Before that however, meet them and hear about their marvelous ideas in person at The Hub demo area.

We have seen that the Grand Challenge can help catapult winners onto the world stage, with expanding opportunities. Last year’s top prize winner, Berlin-based relayr, has since gone on to secure $11 million in venture funding, and has deployed its technology solution throughout Cisco’s openBerlin Innovation Center, transforming the brick structure into a smart building that automatically adjusts light, temperature, and air quality, depending on conditions.

Are you going to the IoT World Forum? If so, I hope you’ll join me at the Research and Innovation Symposium, and the Innovation Grand Challenge finals in addition to all the other exciting keynotes and industry presentations. If you want to join in virtually, be sure to follow the conversation on Twitter by searching #IoTWF.

Our events next week highlight how the future of IoT is showing up today—in enterprises, startups, cities, and universities around the world.

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Making a splash: Why Innovation is Like Platform Diving

Alteration. Risk-Taking. Bravery. Curiosity. Breakthrough.


Me diving, a sport I took up in midlife.

When you think of innovation, these are the synonyms that come to mind. These characteristics are intimately related to platform diving – a sport I took up at the age of 40.

That was four years ago and I now dive competitively around the world. I also have a passion for innovation, in all its forms, and I push myself to work and think innovatively.  These two pursuits have more in common than you may think.  In fact, I’ve come up with six ways that being a competitive platform diver and striving to be more innovative share a common thread. Read More »

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Cisco Provides Leadership in Newly Formed OpenFog Consortium

The OpenFog Consortium has made its debut as an ecosystem of industry and academic leaders to foster an open architecture for fog computing in the Internet of Things (IoT). This is an important milestone that will accelerate IoT deployments and maximize their value across a wide range of industries.

AP46072_small_croppedMy friend and colleague, Helter Antunes, has been a pivotal force in forming the OpenFog Consortium and has worked tirelessly with other founding members to iron out the myriad of details involved in creating this sort of multi-party organization. He has also been instrumental in developing Cisco’s own fog computing strategy. That is why I am particularly pleased to congratulate him on being named the OpenFog Consortium’s first chairman, who will guide the group through its formative stages. Read More »

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OpenFog Consortium: An Ecosystem to Accelerate End-to-End IoT Solutions

Over the past several months,OpenFog Logo V1.01 I have been privileged to represent Cisco in working with other industry and academic partners to form the OpenFog Consortium, which was announced earlier today. You can learn more in the press release about what this new organization is, but I want to focus on why such an organization is so important at this stage of development of the Internet of Things (IoT).

Earlier this week, my colleague Maciej Kranz discussed the city of Barcelona’s fog computing proof of concept, which was showcased at the Smart City World Expo Congress. The proof of concept demonstrated that fog technology can bring intelligence to a range of urban services, including transportation, parking, lighting, traffic and waste management, public safety, and law enforcement.

But smart city services are only the beginning. Fog computing can provide immense value across all industries. For example, it might take 12 days via satellite to transmit one day’s worth of data to the cloud from a remote oil rig. With fog computing the data is processed locally, and safety or equipment alerts can be acted upon immediately. In manufacturing and transportation, preventive maintenance applications can process a huge amount of sensor data to trigger needed maintenance before there is an equipment failure. In retail, data from parking lot video cameras can not only provide security surveillance, but can also work with fog analytics capabilities to predict store traffic flow and optimize checkout staffing.

OpenFog Chart

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