For those of you who have been watching the development of immersive environments and virtual worlds from the sidelines, you will definitely want to take the leap tomorrow into the Cisco Virtual Campus in Second Life. As Randy Sisk blogs about in more detail on the Cisco Virtual Worlds blog (link), Cisco has planned a flurry of events beginning Saturday March 1st (tomorrow) and running through the March 4th exciting new technology announcement.We’ll have live music on the ‘Bandwidth Stage‘ on our Virtual Campus from 1pm to 8pm Saturday, featuring some of the best musicians in Second Life! It will be a packed party, so be sure to arrive early and enjoy the festivities.On March 4th, plan to join Doug Webster from Cisco for the Quantum Shift announcement at 9:30am Pacific. We’ve built a special venue for the announcement which should whet the appetite for those who would like a sneak peek beforehand, which is at the announcement venue here in Second Life.And finally, here’s a machinima teaser of the event just for icing on the cake.See you there! Christian RenaudChief Architect, Networked Virtual Environments for Cisco
For those of you who missed Randy Sisk’s post on the Cisco Virtual Worlds blog, starting Saturday, Cisco will be hosting a number of days of events around our forthcoming Quantum Shift announcement. Hop on over to Randy’s post on the VW Blog for details on how to participate in the live music events, and the exciting new announcements planned!Enjoy the party, and see you there! Christian RenaudChief Architect, Networked Virtual Environments
Alas, we couldn’t take the Connected Bus there, but our team did head to Orlando, Florida, this week for the annual HIMSS healthcare industry conference, where our vision for “Connected Health” was the subject of discussion. The journey to better health systems sometimes seems like it’s been a slow one, but a new healthcare CIO survey we helped launch at HIMSS suggests more connected health systems are finally coming our way.In this video from the conference, Frances Dare, director of our healthcare group, and Matthew Holt, Health 2.0 guru, discuss how unified communications technologies are improving healthcare experiences for clinicians and patients. We also hear about one of the best examples of a “hospital of the future” from Michael Covert, CEO of Palomar Pomerado Health. You might have read about the new Palomar West hospital that Cisco and PPH are building in San Diego, California, on Christian Renaud’s Virtual Worlds blog. My colleague Amber Allman was able to corner Michael at HIMSS and ask him exactly why building a hospital simulation was such an important part of PPH’s plans for its futuristic new medical campus.
More than 2,500 people attending NBA All-Star 2008 rolled up their sleeves to participate in one of 10 service projects throughout New Orleans on Feb. 15, marking the largest single-day effort by the NBA Family in its ongoing support in rebuilding the city.Cisco teams from the 21S program, and the marketing organization and their families participated in the Laurel Elementary School revitalization project. The group was responsible for painting a mural of the New Orleans skyline.Cisco’s Molly Ford talked to Mary de Wysocki, Internet Business Solutions Director & Cisco 21S Fellow and Jeff Platon, vice president of marketing, representing, Cisco Sports and Entertainment Group about Cisco participating in the “NBA Cares” Day of Service.
The Who sang about the “Magic Bus,” and while the bus unveiled yesterday in San Francisco at Cisco’s Connected Urban Development conference isn’t magic, the San Francisco Chronicle called it “the bus of the future.”The bus is a joint project between the city of San Francisco (where we got our name!) and Cisco. The bus is a hybrid (look at all the batteries on top of the bus) and the technology and “green” goal is to provide wireless internet access (Cisco equipment, of course) and other services on the bus to increase ridership. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is quoted in the Chronicle article saying, “This is a smart bus in every way, shape and form. You can download music, you can play video games. It’s a bus where you are connected. It’s constantly generating information about your connection to the rest of the Muni system.”So, we invite you to take a technology tour of the bus with Cisco’s Dave Evans (Chief Technologist of our Internet Business Solutions Group) and also hear from Muni driver Johnny Mathis (yes, that’s his real name) about why he thinks riders will like this bus.