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The World Cup and Telepresence: A Winning Team

The FIFA World Cup 2010 provided a lot to be excited about. The world’s most popular sporting event takes place only once every four years and this was the first time any soccer contest was hosted by any African nation, South Africa to be exact, and this year’s World Cup also gave the techies something to be excited about — the use of TelePresence technology. As stated in the commercial below,”ESPN and Cisco are changing the w…


World Cup 2014: Imagine the HD TV Experience

As Doug Webster mentioned in our first post on this topic, we’ve been considering how the TV viewing experience might evolve in four more years. I can also already imagine the likely enhancements that will transform the FIFA World Cup in 2014. I believe that in the foreseeable future the term “Television” entertainment may be equally associated with on-demand video streaming over the Internet as it is with traditional linear pr…


Cisco’s Digital Media Suite Scores at FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert

…rade; Kick-Off Celebration Concert.  The concert, which took place last week in the newly renovated Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg, featured international superstars Alicia Keys, Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, Shakira, and the Parlotones.   Cisco provided 25 42-inch high-definition screens, as well as the local area network and wireless access points to some sections of the stadium.  This enabled broadcast to several other…


Approaching the Gate: Meet your I-Prize Finalists – Team Marcaná

We’d like to introduce you to Team Marcaná, one of nine final teams in Cisco’s global I-Prize competition gunning for the $250,000 grand prize. TEAM STATS Team name: Team Marcaná Team country: Uruguay Team members: Two, cousins Idea goal: To combine social media and love of sports Claim to fame: Returning finalists from the first I-Prize competition THE IDEA Team Marcaná’s I-Prize submission, “Soccer…


Cisco and ESPN: A Lesson in Sports, Technology and Community for The Beautiful Game

In 1994 in a sun swept stadium in California, filled with more than 60,000 excited soccer fans from around the world, a young upstart US national soccer team was playing in the World Cup against the mighty Colombian national team.  The captain of the young American team was John Harkes a nimble player known for speed and great soccer footwork.  What few realized was he also was about to leave an indelible impression on US soccer for ye…