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Cisco Joins Facebook, NetHope, and Others to Expand ICT Support for Ebola Fight in West Africa

January 21, 2015 at 10:00 am PST

Today, NetHope, a consortium of 42 leading international humanitarian organizations and one of Cisco’s nonprofit Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) partners, announced a partnership with Facebook, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Cisco, EveryLayer, and Inveneo to expand their support for effective communications capabilities to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and promote sustainable recovery in the region. The joint Ebola Response Connectivity Initiative (ERCI) will deliver high-speed broadband Internet access to Ebola responders based in hundreds of Ebola treatment facilities, NGO offices, and additional logistical hubs in Sierra LeoneLiberia, and Guinea. Reliable communications capacity is an essential tool for response organizations combating the outbreak, which has killed more than 8,600 people according the World Health Organization.

Plans to extend Internet access to Ebola treatment centers in Sierra Leone. Courtesy NetHope

Plans to extend Internet access to Ebola treatment centers in Sierra Leone. Courtesy NetHope

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Cisco Joins Global Problem Solvers at 2015 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting

January 19, 2015 at 12:15 am PST

This week, the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting will convene 2500 leaders from business, government, academia, and civil society in Davos, Switzerland. There, these global problem solvers will engage in strategic discussions about the political, economic, social, and technological transformations reshaping the world.

Cisco has been a WEF strategic partner for 17 years, putting us among a select group of 100 global companies committed to improving the state of the world. Being part of WEF gives us an opportunity to build and strengthen the relationships that help us address some of the world’s biggest challenges.

Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers speaks during the session 'The Global Business Context' at the WEF Annual Meeting in 2012. Photo: World Economic Forum

Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers speaks during the session ‘The Global Business Context’ at the WEF Annual Meeting in 2012. Photo: World Economic Forum

On Wednesday, January 21, Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers will participate in a livestreamed panel on The New Digital Context at 9 a.m. CET (midnight PT). He will discuss how regulatory, behavioral, and technological changes are transforming the digital landscape with Liu Jiren, chairman and CEO of Neusoft Corp.; José María Álvarez-Pallete, chief operating officer of Telefónica; Max Levchi, co-founder of PayPal and CEO of Affirm; and Pierre Nanterme, chairman and CEO of Accenture.

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Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders Winners Take Connections Home

The 2015 Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders Competition grand prize trip is coming to an end today, and the 17 winners will be heading home very soon. William Neumann will travel back to Brazil, Diana Polombo will fly to Colombia, and Kepei Xiang will be in China by Sunday, but the visitors will always be connected by the trip of a lifetime. Their success in the international NetRiders Competitions led them to Cisco headquarters, and their experiences in San Jose, California will change their lives forever.

The NetRiders winners took one last picture on the Cisco San Jose campus before heading home

The NetRiders winners took one last picture on the Cisco San Jose campus before heading home

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Cisco Welcomes Networking Academy NetRiders Winners to San Jose

Earlier today, students from 13 different countries met for the first time on Cisco’s San Jose campus. For some, like Odwa Yekela, the visit is a first adventure away from home in South Africa. For others, like Richard Brunner, it’s a simple two-hour drive from Sacramento, California. No matter where the 18 students came from, though, the visit is more than just a trip — it’s a life-changing experience and celebration of their achievement as global winners of the Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders Competition.

The NetRiders winners took a tour of one of Cisco's data centers on their first day in San Jose

The NetRiders winners were excited to visit the Cisco campus and learn more about potential careers in the IT field

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How I Helped Middle School Students Make a Difference in Their Community

January 7, 2015 at 3:00 am PST

stliemThis post was written by guest blogger Stephen Liem, IT Director, Global Quality and Support Services

There is no limit to what education can bring. It opens up many opportunities that otherwise may not be available.

In the past 10 weeks I‘ve had the privilege of teaching journalism to the middle school students in Joseph-George School in East Jan Jose, California. Cisco has been partnering with Citizen Schools, a nonprofit organization, to deliver after school educational programs to low-income schools across the country.

Citizen Schools aims to prevent students from dropping out of high school through its Extended Learning Time (ELT) model, which provides after-school mentoring and support to low-performing middle schools. Volunteer professionals, or “Citizen Teachers,” teach 10-week after-school apprenticeships on topics they are passionate about, from blogging to filmmaking to robotics.

On average the schools Citizen Teachers visit do 300 hours less of after school programming compared to their counterparts. In East San Jose, where the graduation rate is at 79%, providing more meaningful educational programs has certainly helped not just the students themselves but also the community.

As a "Citizen Teacher" with the nonprofit Citizen Schools, Stephen Liem helped sixth graders create their own newspaper

As a “Citizen Teacher” with the nonprofit Citizen Schools, Stephen Liem helped sixth graders create their own newspaper

In my journalism class, students in the sixth grade learned how to interview and collect data, how to write an article well, and how to express and publish their opinions honestly and truthfully. Collectively they decided on the name of the newspaper – the East San Jose News — and the subject of their stories.

The results were both eye opening and touching at the same time.

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