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Cisco’s Digital Cribs Film Contest

I had the pleasure of being a judge last week at Cisco’s Digital Cribs contest in New York City. The event took place at the Tribecca Theater where eight short imagefilms were premiered. These films were the result of a contest created by Cisco to challenge the creativity of NYU film and business students. The goal was to create a short film that told a story of how technology is being used in new and innovative ways. They were extremely creative and very well done and I hated the fact that I was one of the three judges determining the winner. I thought this gig would be a walk in the park …but it wasn’t. After viewing the Digital Cribs videos several times at home prior to the contest, a few favorites emerged but I was having a hard time picking just one. Read More »

VIDEO: Wim Elfrink on Intelligent Urbanisation

In this video, Wim Elfrink, Chief Globalisation Officer and EVP, Cisco Services, announces the launch of ‘Intelligent Urbanisation’, a global initiative to help cities around the world use the network as the platform to become more intelligent and sustainable. With 500 million people getting urbanised over the next five years and 100 new one million-plus cities being built by 2025, urbanization is impacting citizens, governments, industries and above all the environment. Today the 20 most populous cities alone are responsible for 75 percent of the planet’s energy consumption. And the ability to sustainably balance social, economic and environmental resources is more urgent than ever before. Cities that run on information, however, will be able to transform the quality of life for citizens, drive economic growth and improve city services and management. Bringing together a broad portfolio of products, services, partners and solutions across Cisco, the Intelligent Urbanisation initiative is initially focused on intelligent, sustainable security, transportation, buildings, energy, healthcare and education -essentially the build out of a new ecosystem. We see this as a major global market transition being driven and enabled by the network; and we intend to be the leader of this emerging industry.

Coolest Job in the World?

Jim Grubb is a great guy. He was one of first guys I met at Cisco and his tastes are as diverse as his knowledge of technology is broad. He is a photographer. A pilot. A skipper. And he’s also Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers’ “Chief Demonstration Officer.” Carmine Gallo (@carminegallo, if you’d like to follow him on Twitter) interviewed Jim for BusinessWeek and Jim shares his “Four Steps to a Lively Demo” for us all.Gallo writes, “The last thing he wants to do is bore people. “The bottom line is this-you want the audience to get more out of the message,” says Grubb. “They’ll remember more of the presentation if you engage them and entertain them.” Grubb is able to do this because he has the ability to take complicated subjects and make them interesting, exciting, and easy to understand. And while Cisco’s demonstrations are probably a bit more extravagant than what you have planned at your next product demo, he says the same principles for successful presentations still apply. Above all, says Grubb, prepare thoroughly (hundreds of man-hours go into one of his 10-minute demos), tell a story, and have fun.” Sounds like advice for any communications professional. Read the full story here.I clearly think that Jim has a pretty cool job…is it the coolest job in the world?

Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers Statement on Senate Passage of Stimulus Package

“Passage of the stimulus package in the Senate sends a message to all Americans that we are investing in the future of our country. From broadband, healthcare information technology, Smart Grid and education, a foundation will be laid to help stabilize our economy and create growth that will benefit all Americans.”

The Twitterati Mean Business

I have something to confess: I am not much of a Twitterer @ascohen. Although I like to blog, and I have become relentless on Facebook, powered by the sagging belt syndrome of carrying an iPhone and a Blackberry that have allowed me to become an ambidextrous Web 2.0er, alas, I have not yet fully jumped to the”Jitter of Twitter.” But I have seen it, enviously, in action. Our CTO, Pamasaree Warrior is one of the most Tweeted Cisco figures (over 4500 followers), with Doug Gourlay and the”Hole in the Data Center” gang following rapidly on her heels At our Collaboration Launch in September, I observed about 80 of the world’s leading analysts Tweeting away for days, turbocharged by Cisco presentations on our strategy and a ready supply of coffee and caffeinated soda. Read More »