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Cisco and MTVu Winning “Digital Incubator” Sites Now Online

As mentioned in this space in May when we announced our winners of Cisco and MTVu’s digital incubator grants, we said the winners’ sites would be online soon. Well, “soon” happens to be today. Watch a MTVu video of winners being surprised.mtvU Cisco Logo.JPGThe Digital Incubator program was developed jointly by mtvU and Cisco to discover talented college students to create new media and entertainment concepts. Together, we provide the monetary, creative and technical resources for students to bring their digital media ideas into reality. We want to encourage the next generation of talent to experiment with new forms of story telling made possible because of video and broadband coming together and mtvU reaches a college audience that is consuming media in new and exciting ways.So, again, congratulations to the winners and please check out these creative, innovative sites: Read More »

‘Round the World in 90 Minutes with Cisco

This is cool. We’re in the middle of our annual Financial Analyst conference and we’re going to talk to all of our global sales leaders live via TelePresence. John Chambers is in the room moderating. Rob Lloyd, SVP, US and Canada is in New York City; Chris Dedicoat, SVP, European Markets and Paul Mountford, SVP Emerging Markets will be in London; and Owen Chan, SVP, Asia Pacific is in Hong Kong. They are having a real-time, life-size, high-definition, collaborative meeting. Tune into the webcast to watch it or pull it up later on the archive.Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you I’m a pretty big cynic, but this demonstration and this technology is useful, it is cool and it is plain as the nose on your face how this can change global business communications…and (as Chambers mentioned earlier today) down the road, it could change personal communications as well. Very cool.

WEBCAST of Cisco Financial Analyst Conference

Transparency is key. Tomorrow, we will host our annual Financial Analyst Conference and interested parties can view a webcast of the event, including a corresponding slide presentation, and obtain additional event information via Cisco’s website.The Cisco Financial Analyst Conference webcast begins at 8:00 a.m. (PT) with John Chambers, Cisco Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, delivering a keynote presentation, followed by executive presentations providing an overview of Cisco’s business and technology strategies. Webcast replays and a podcast of the session will be available by the end of the event at our News@Cisco website. And, BONUS, watch this space tomorrow for Video Blogs from CEO John Chambers, CFO Dennis Powell and CDO Charlie Giancarlo. If I’m not mistaken (and I’m not in this case) this will be the first external blog for each of these Cisco leaders.

Cisco and South Africa: Working Together

Cisco today announced a wide-ranging Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) strategy and structure for its South African operations. Components of our BEE strategy include: – Our support for the goal of economic transformation in South Africa; in particular, the meaningful participation of Black South Africans in the economic success of the country, including our operations. – Our efforts to ensure that our long-term corporate and social make-up in South Africa are consistent with the broader demographics of South African society. – Our mission to grow the Information Communications and Technology (ICT) sector in South Africa, via skills transfer and other important initiatives.Cisco South Africa 2007.jpg Read More »

Japan’s Warp-Speed Ride to Internet Future

I thought I should bring yesterday’s A1 story in the Washington Post to your attention, “Japan’s Warp-Speed Ride to Internet Future.” Broadband speeds in the U.S. are something that we’ve been discussing at Cisco for a long time and something that our sister (brother?) High Tech Policy blog has spent time on as well.The lede sentence brings you right into the story, “Americans invented the Internet, but the Japanese are running away with it.” The next two graphs, however, are what is truly scary: “Broadband service here is eight to 30 times as fast as in the United States — and considerably cheaper. Japan has the world’s fastest Internet connections, delivering more data at a lower cost than anywhere else, recent studies show. … Accelerating broadband speed in this country — as well as in South Korea and much of Europe — is pushing open doors to Internet innovation that are likely to remain closed for years to come in much of the United States.” Read More »