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Cultivating Engagement and Innovation: The History of Cisco’s April Fools’ Patent Contest

…colleagues and managers truly sets a company apart. Thankfully for us on this the first of April our culture of innovation shines through Cisco’s annual April Fools’ Patent Contest. Taking a unique, fun spin on an enduring part of Cisco’s history in honor of our beloved prank holiday, our engineers are asked to submit goofy patents through the same portal that true patents have crossed in hopes that their invention will be selected as the winner…

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The Importance of Service Research to Our Industry

If you do not know the International Society of Service Innovation Professionals or ISSP, I encourage you to do so. ISSIP is an amazing organization with very active Cisco engagement; and yes Cisco is a co-founder of ISSIP. ISSIP defines service “as the application of knowledge for the benefit of others, and service science as the study of diverse, interconnected, complex “human-centered value co-creation systems in business and in society.” Wit…

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The Center for Digital Business Transformation: Helping Our Customers Thrive in a Digital World

…ledge must come from timely and insightful thought leadership based on real-world primary research and rapid co-innovation with leading organizations. To address this urgent need, I’m proud to share that Cisco is contributing $10 million over five years to create The Global Center for Digital Business Transformation in partnership with IMD, a top-ranked business school focused on executive education. Our goal is to create the world’s top destinat…

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An Internet that spurs not strangles innovation

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…y – things are connected as never before. The Internet of EveryThing (IoE), is driving the most dynamic area of innovation, creating new business models, economic, social and environmental sustainability and also has fantastic potential to improve our quality of life. Just imagine: a blind man gaining independence because his once ordinary walking stick is able to communicate with his other senses through sensors, vibrations and GPS technology th…

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Solving the Manufacturing Workforce Crisis of 2030

…leaders to invest in the right kind of training experiences in school curriculum. IoT World Forum Young Women’s Innovation Grand Challenge Cisco is helping to educate young women about STEM careers through the IoT World Forum Young Women’s Innovation Grand Challenge . The initiative is a global innovation challenge open to young women between the ages of 13-18. The aim of the challenge is to recognize, promote, and reward young innovators as they…

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