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Cisco I-Prize Winners: Family Affair from Germany and Russia

As you may have already seen on VentureBeat, we announced our I-Prize winner today. The I-Prize was a global competition to help identify a major new business opportunity for Cisco. The winning team, based in Germany and Russia, presented Cisco with a business plan that improves energy efficiency by taking advantage of Cisco’s leadership in Internet Protocol (IP) technology. (Cisco news on the winner here.)The winning I-Prize team was led by Anna Gossen, a computer science student at the Karlsruhe University in Germany. Along with her husband, Niels Gossen, a computer science student at the University of Applied Sciences in Germany, and her brother Sergey Bessonnitsyn, a systems engineer from Russia, the team is eligible to receive US$250,000 in cash to be shared among the team members. Congratulations to Ms. Gossen, Mr. Gossen and Mr. Bessonnitsyn, who won from a group of more than 2500 entrepreneurs and innovators in the contest from 104 countries.You can learn more about the winning project from this video of Ms. Gossen…looks like there are bugs (insects, not code) in Germany this time of year…

Video Is for Everybody

Video, video, video. We talk a lot about video at Cisco. Our CEO says video is the next killer application of the Internet. I meet with colleagues via TelePresence all the time (San Jose to East Coast, London, Vancouver, etc.) and can no longer say, “I haven’t seen you in awhile” because, in fact, I do see them all the time. Video is a great communications medium…and all Cisco employees are encouraged to use video in their jobs…either to reduce travel…to collaborate more effectively…or just experiment and see what may come. With that in mind, I give you this great video created by the administrative assistants in our corporate marketing organization (CMO). For an internal training meeting, they were challenged to put together a video that was fun and funny while still relating to their jobs…they did a great job and I think the Brady Bunch would approve.

The “Tomorrow Economy”

Post by Blair Christie, SVP, Corporate Communications and Investor RelationsWhen will we know what the”Tomorrow Economy” will look like? Maybe when the credit markets stabilize or after the US Election? Perhaps when all of these bad mortgages are off the books-.but who knows? If it is always”tomorrow,” we may never have a clear picture.I hope it is soon -these past few weeks have been stressful! Not just at work, but at home, too. I am tired of filing my quarter 401k and portfolio statements away without opening them. It just doesn’t feel right-.But -it is what it is. And it is impossible today to visualize where the world will be as we go into 2009. So -while there is a lot we don’t know, we should not forget those things we do know.We know that innovation is going to be the key to moving the global economy forward. Innovation in business models, in technology and in human capital. We know that cash is still king. Granted, some cash is worth more than other cash these days, but in the long run, those who have it will be in pole position. That is why I am so comforted that Cisco has over $26B in cash and equivalents on our balance sheet. Read More »

Padmasree Warrior @ WEF’s New Champions meeting in Tianjin, China

Padmasree Warrior, CTO of Cisco, talks about the globalization of science and technology at WEF’s annual meeting of the new champions 2008 in Tianjin, China. She shares messages on innovation, education and intellectual property protection that she takes away from the sessions.

Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

imageBy Marilyn NagelDirector, Human Resources, Worldwide Diversity and InclusionGood ideas come from everywhere. It’s a simple idea, but the concepts behind it -diversity and inclusion -are not only close to my heart, but are also a part of my full-time responsibilities at Cisco. My name is Marilyn Nagel, and I am a director in Cisco human resources, responsible for worldwide diversity and inclusion. At Cisco, we have a great diverse workforce and our efforts are focused on ensuring we all work in an inclusive environment. For example, our goal for employees with disabilities is to not only provide them with the right tools and resources, but also to educate all employees on how to work with people with disabilities.To provide some further context, I’d like to give some background on myself.I have a background in both education and organizational development and organizational change. I have two masters degrees -yes, I really do like school that much, and as long as I am capable of doing so, I will continue to frequent workshops, seminars and read tons of great books and articles on the topics of diversity and inclusion. I’ve been a diversity officer in prior roles, and had diversity as a component of previous positions. Read More »