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Cisco Technology Powers “Wall of Friends” to Help Children

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many powerful stories can a wall of video screens tell?

Enough to help more than 8300 children whose lives have been torn apart by war, it turns out.

War Child, a Dutch nonprofit that Cisco has supported for ten years with cash and product grants, held a televised event to raise money for its work on June 10. During the show, video reports of children affected by war were shown on a giant 17-by-4-meter “Wall of Friends,” based on Cisco collaboration technology. The Wall of Friends uses the same Cisco technology seen on the “Wall of America” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

The TV program, “Friends for War Child,” generated enough donations to help 8317 children.

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Cisco France Holds Second Annual “Giving Back” Day

The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) team in France recently organized the second Cisco France #GivingBackDay and 74 volunteers participated. Under a shining sun, they spend half a day helping local non-for-profit organizations multiply their impact.

The volunteers could choose from 7 activities for social good, all within walking distance from the Cisco Paris office. Some decided to help decorate a shelter for the homeless, or to give a hand to a local organization specializing in rehabilitation through gardening.

Others gave their time to sort food and material in a charity grocery shop, helped the Connected Bees team jar its last honey harvest, or helped unemployed people prepare for job interviews. In addition, 13 employees learned live-saving techniques from the Red Cross.

Cisco employees gardened and improved the living space of sheep, which graze along a hard-to-manage railroad embankment, promoting biodiversity and reducing the need for pesticides.

Cisco employees gardened and improved the living space of sheep, which graze along a hard-to-manage railroad embankment, promoting biodiversity and reducing the need for pesticides.

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A Seismic STEM Challenge

Over 2000 innovators came together in San Jose recently to examine ways to ensure that buildings can survive powerful earthquakes.

This was no ordinary trade show. It wasn’t an industry conference filled with engineers and seismologists, policymakers and building managers. Instead, the more than 2000 participants were students, grades 4 through 12, from across Silicon Valley who came together for The Tech Challenge, a signature event of The Tech Museum of Innovation. Cisco has been the event’s presenting sponsor for five years.

The challenge was deceptively simple: design, engineer, and build a multi-story building able to withstand powerful seismic forces. Hundreds of teams spent the last 6 months researching seismic engineering, testing materials, and coming up with strong and flexible designs.

Then, these projects were put to the ultimate test: withstanding the earthquake simulator to see if the building survived intact.

The Tech Challenge is one of the most diverse science competitions in the United States

The Tech Challenge is one of the most diverse science competitions in the United States

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Cisco CSR at Cisco Live US 2015: The Week in Pictures

At this time last week, the Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility team was in San Diego, California as part of Cisco Live US 2015. There, we participated in a number of different activities and events, from a Partner Pavilion in the expansive World of Solutions to a keynote featuring a member of the Cisco Networking Academy Dream Team. We highlighted the work of partners like CyberPatriot, shared stories of impact around the globe, and helped students develop the skills necessary for careers in the IT industry.

More than 25,000 people attended Cisco Live US 2015 in San Diego, California.

More than 25,000 people attended Cisco Live US 2015 in San Diego, California.

Throughout the week, we explained how more devices are connecting to the Internet each day, and how these connections will create job opportunities for young men and women around the world. With the help of our partners and their innovative programs, we’re empowering these future global problem solvers with the skills they need to thrive and speed the pace of social change. Below, the story of Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility at Cisco Live US 2015 in pictures:

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Cisco Live US 2015: Cisco CSR Partners Help to Speed the Pace of Social Change

Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility aims to empower global problem solvers with the skills they need to thrive and speed the pace of social change around the globe, but that mission wouldn’t be possible without the help of our partners, many of whom are here at Cisco Live US 2015.

At the Cisco CSR Booth in the World of Solutions, our partners are sharing their stories of creating social change around the world.

At the Cisco CSR Booth in the World of Solutions, our partners are sharing their stories of creating social change around the world.

If you haven’t had a chance, stop by the Cisco CSR booth (#1441) in the World of Solutions and meet six of our partners, including CyberPatriot, Digital Divide Data, NetHope, Water for People, NetDev Group, and Good World Solutions. Together, we’re bringing unique programs and services to people around the world and helping solve pressing social issues, from a growing IT skills gap to the global water shortage.

With these partners, you can become a global problem solver and make an impact in any corner of the world. Below, they share their stories of global impact and how Cisco is helping to speed the pace of social change.

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