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1871 and Lighting a Fire For IoE innovation

…e.  They’re named after the fire of 1871 – not because of the destructive nature of the fire, but because of the innovation and ingenuity that built up Chicago afterwards.  1871 is true to its name as we’re seeing a similar surge of innovation and ingenuity from the startups that are based there. Cisco was a founding sponsor of 1871 and today we’re expanding that sponsorship.  Cisco will be offering equipment, tools, training, and mentorship to m…

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Challenging the Next Generation of STEM Professionals

Yesterday, Cisco and Junior Achievement of Northern California hosted Cisco’s inaugural Social Innovation Challenge on our San Jose campus. Fifty high school students from nearby Independence High School and Sequoia High School worked together in small groups to create and pitch ways to connect the unconnected. I watched as excited students presented ideas to improve the patient/physician relationship and make the experience at the San Francisco…

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Fast IT Top Insights Part 1: IT Transformation and Innovation

…dimension in data analytics; how Fast IT facilitates the cultural changes that are as crucial to attaining fast innovation as infrastructure changes; and how Fast IT will underpin a critical new approach to security. Finally, we will explore how Fast IT enables an exciting “IoE dividend” in savings (time, resources, and money) that can be reinvested back into the IT organization, to drive new capabilities and future innovation. To learn more, vi…

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Announcing Finalists for the IoT Innovation Grand Challenge!

…n.  The judging was even more difficult this round, but our six finalists have been selected! Announcing the IoT Innovation Grand Challenge Finalists! I am pleased to announce the six IoT Innovation Grand Challenge Finalists: Waygum: waygum.io — the first End-to-End Mobile Platform for IOIT  (Internet of Industrial Things) Energy Aware Technology: Neurio — Home Intelligence relayr (iThings4U GmbH): WunderBar — Internet of Things Starter-Kit f…

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Your Next Great Idea? It Could Come from the Guy with the Mop

In the Internet of Everything (IoE) economy, innovation is the name of the game. IoE demands constant innovation and to keep pace companies must access creativity wherever it may arise. According to The Wall Street Journal, more than 34 percent of today’s workforce comes from outside our organization, and their fresh perspective can support innovation. Indeed, cross-pollination of industries is a key to innovation. This scenario was illustrated…

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