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We all start at Square One

I’ve been thinking about what to write for a while now.  I’m involved in some really cool projects right now, pervasive wifi in a theme park, using CMX with many zones at that same theme park and upgrading some public schools to newer equipment with full coverage wifi in the classrooms.  I think each of those would make a great post and I plan to touch on them soon, but this post will be on a comment that an intern made to me while we were upgrading a school recently.  “I can’t believe a Sr. Network Engineer is helping me cable a rack.”  I didn’t think much of it at the time but I did start thinking about it on the way home. Read More »

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep16 Cisco Champion Radio @CiscoLive!

#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists hosted by Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja). This week 25 Cisco Champions gather in a small room (aka the white box) at the Moscone Center. Topics: Cisco Live (#CLUS) and being a Cisco Champion.

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Cisco Live and #CiscoChampion Highlights:
Tweetup at Social Media Hub
World Of Solutions
Team Building Improv Session
Yes and…
Scavenger Hunt
Geek Whisperers
#BaconIT
Baas (Bacon as a Service)
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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep15 OpenStack at OpenStack

#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists hosted by Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja). This week Ed Saipech, Director of Applied Research at Savvis joins Cisco Champions Josh Atwell and Jeremiah Dooley. The topic is OpenStack.

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Subject Matter Expert:
Ed Saipetch (@edsai), Director of Applied Research at Savvis

Cisco Champion:
Josh Atwell (@Josh_Atwell), Data Center Architect, Community Organizer, Blogger, Author
Jeremiah Dooley (@jdooley_clt), Technologist, Start-up Advisor, Seeker of Solutions, Cloud Architect

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Highlights:
Cisco Webex Cloud and OpenStack
Setting up development stack on OpenStack locally
Where to find useful information on OpenStack

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep14 How to survive Cisco Live and what the heck is DevNet

#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. This week Susie Wee, Cisco VP/CTO Networked Experiences, joins Cisco Champions  Sam Womack and Tom Hollingsworth. Topics are surviving Cisco Live and an intro to the new Cisco DevNet. Guest host Lauren Friedman (@Lauren) guest hosts.

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Cisco Subject Matter Expert:
Susie Wee, Cisco VP/CTO Networked Experiences (@susiewee)

Cisco Champion:
Sam Womack, Senior UC Solutions Engineer (@SamWomack)
Tom Hollingsworth, Network Engineer (@networkingnerd)cisco_champions BADGE_200x200

Highlights:
What is DevNet?
DevNet at Cisco Live
How you can involved with DevNet
Developer Tools and Sandbox in DevNet Program
Software Developer tools for beginners
Network Engineers and Software Developers working together
DevNet Hackathons
Cisco Live and your shoes
The importance of beer bacon water Read More »

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How forward thinking cites are using the Internet of Everything to fix their economies

Chicago was recently announced as the host city for the Internet of Things World Forum this autumn, following Barcelona’s excellent performance as host last autumn. This forum is important because it’s already way more than just another collection of business types in a hotel.

It’s increasingly relevant for cities to want to host this event. Yes, the conference revenue is useful, but more than that it is an opportunity to showcase your city as forward thinking. Barcelona as host was a great example.

It’s fair to say that despite recent optimism, the world, and especially Western Europe and North America, is still recovering from the financial earthquakes of five years ago. Government deficit is everywhere. The response to the crisis in most western economies has been a series of austerity programmes, with social and other services being cut whilst taxes slowly rise. Everybody has been feeling the pain. Spain was one of the hardest-hit European economies. In Spain, youth unemployment exceeded 50%, with serious concerns in some parts of the country about the potential for social order breakdown. Read More »

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