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.
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:
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.
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 Leone, Liberia, 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
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
On Wednesday, January 21, Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers will participate in a livestreamed panel on The New Digital Contextat 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.
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