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Cisco Networking Academy Dream Team: Day One at NBA All-Star 2015

This week, Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility will follow Deborah Huyler and Andrew Torres, two Cisco Networking Academy Dream Team students, as they set up wireless access points, provide network troubleshooting, and soak in the sights and sounds of NBA All-Star 2015. They’ll be sharing their stories from Madison Square Garden, the Barclays Center, and other event venues through journal entries, photo slideshows, and videos! Read Deborah’s first blog post below:

Hi, everyone! My name is Deborah Huyler, and I am a Cisco Networking Academy student from Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York.

I was selected to attend NBA All-Star 2015 as a member of the Dream Team. I will be assisting the NBA’s IT team in setting up the different networks around New York City during the week of the All-Star Game. I will be working at Madison Square Garden, the Barclays Center, the Sheraton Hotel, and a few other venues. We will set up access points, run cables, and whatever else may be needed to make sure the All-Star network is live!

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Dreams Come True for Cisco Networking Academy Students at NBA All-Star Game

Next week, 30 of the top Cisco Networking Academy students from the New York City Area will work side-by-side with engineers to set up massive networks at this year’s NBA All-Star Game.

As part of a Cisco Networking Academy Dream Team, they’ll have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gain hands-on experience and showcase their technical knowledge in front of potential employers.

Starting this Monday, we’ll follow Deborah Huyler and Andrew Torres, two of the Dream Team students, as they set up wireless access points, provide network troubleshooting, and soak in the sights and sounds of NBA All-Star 2015 throughout the week. They’ll be sharing their stories from Madison Square Garden the Barclays Center, and other event venues through journal entries, photo slideshows, and videos!

The Cisco Networking Academy Dream Team visited the NBA offices earlier this week

The Cisco Networking Academy Dream Team visited the NBA offices earlier this week

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Cisco Recognized for CSR Excellence in India

At Cisco India, we focus on addressing social issues where we believe we can have significant and lasting impact by applying our unique expertise to those issues.

For example, after floods devastated rural communities in Northern Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh in October 2009, Cisco committed US$10 million in cash, services, solutions and equipment to support rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts in the Raichur district of Karnataka.

We called it Project Samudaya and our goal was to create a modern, rural community by giving it access to urban amenities such as quality healthcare and education. We deployed the Cisco Education Enabled Delivery (CEED) platform in Raichur to deliver remote education, and the Cisco HealthPresence solution to improve access to medical treatment and access to specialist consultants. Thousands of patients have benefited.

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Students Glimpse the Future of Technology at Cisco Live! Milan

Today Cisco held its second-annual Academy Day at the Cisco Live! conference in Milan, Italy. The event is sponsored by the Cisco Networking Academy program, which trains 1 million people worldwide each year in computer networking technology. The theme of Academy Day is Internet of Everything for Social Innovation, and more than 1000 college-age students from Italy and elsewhere participated in activities like:

Founders of the start-up Handisco demonstrate their networked walking stick that helps visually impaired people navigate cities.

During Academy Day at Cisco Live Milan, founders of the start-up Handisco demonstrated their networked walking stick, which helps visually impaired people navigate cities.

Also, for 44 hours, teams of students in Italy and Singapore will participate in a Hackathon for Social Innovation produced by Cisco Networking Academy. Their challenge is to create an application that uses collaboration technologies and networked connections to revolutionize the delivery of education.

The Hack-a-thon concludes on Wednesday, January 28 at 4 p.m. Milan time. Visit the Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility blog later this week to find out what happened! 

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

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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