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Competition Inspires Young People to Change the World with Connected Technology

The world is faced with overwhelming social issues, from climate change to poverty. Students and young entrepreneurs are taking advantage of the growing number of devices connected to the Internet, turning them into products that will one day solve these global problems.

A competition developed by Cisco France employees in 2014 aims to harnesses this innovative spirit. Now in its second year, Le Defi Cisco (The Cisco Challenge) invites university students and young entrepreneurs to develop solutions to social and environmental challenges using the Internet of Everything – the connection of people, processes, data, and things

Students collaborate during the Le Defi Cisco Competition, brainstorming new ways to apply technology to global social issues

Students collaborate during the Le Defi Cisco Competition, brainstorming new ways to apply technology to global social issues

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Cisco Networking Academy Dream Team: On the Court with Andrew at NBA All-Star 2015

Last week, Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility followed Deborah Huyler and Andrew Torres, two Cisco Networking Academy Dream Team students, as they set up wireless access points, provided network troubleshooting, and soaked in the sights and sounds of NBA All-Star 2015. They shared their stories from Madison Square Garden, the Barclays Center, and other event venues through journal entries, photo slideshows, and videos!

Read about Andrew’s experience on NBA All-Star Sunday!:

My final days working with the NBA’s IT Team in New York City were a little slower than before, as the weekend’s events kicked off, from the Slam Dunk Contest to the Three-Point Shootout.

I’ve been fortunate enough to get a behind-the-scenes look at the practices and rehearsals for the various events, including some of the musical performances — everything looked great!

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Cisco Networking Academy Dream Team: Deborah’s Final Day at NBA All-Star 2015

This week, Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility followed Deborah Huyler and Andrew Torres, two Cisco Networking Academy Dream Team students, as they set up wireless access points, provided network troubleshooting, and soaked in the sights and sounds of NBA All-Star 2015. They shared their stories from Madison Square Garden, the Barclays Center, and other event venues through journal entries, photo slideshows, and videos!

Read Deborah’s final post below:

Hi everyone, this is going to be my last blog of the week! I had a great time working with the different technologies at NBA All-Star 2015.

I was lucky enough to meet   NBA legend John  Sparks as part of the NBA All-Star 2015 experience!

I was lucky enough to meet NBA legend John Sparks as part of the NBA All-Star 2015 experience!

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Cisco Networking Academy Dream Team: A “Slam Dunk” Day for Andrew

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 more about Andrew’s networking experiences below:

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to start my Cisco Networking Academy Dream Team experience at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. I must say — sitting courtside and watching the NBA staff organize the venue was impressive.

I never would have guessed that the different vendors and trades would work so well together. After helping the NBA’s IT team, I saw how well the operation was coordinated.

Getting ready to walk into the Barclays Center

Getting ready to walk into the Barclays Center

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Cisco Recognized for Support of National Service

Last night, Cisco received the Corporate Service Award at the 12th-annual Friends of National Service Awards in Washington, DC. The event was hosted by the National Conference on Citizenship and Voices for National Service. Pat Finn, senior vice president for public sector, accepted the award on behalf of Cisco.

Cisco has been a strong supporter of the concept of national service for more than a decade. For instance, we provide cash and product grants to organizations like City Year and Teach for America, which place college graduates in underserved schools for one or two years. “National service is a win-win for our society,” said Tae Yoo, Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs of Cisco. “In communities across the country, national service programs benefit both the individuals served and the individuals who step forward to serve. Cisco is proud to be a part of the national service movement, and looks forward to expanding service opportunities in America.”

Young people who participate in "national service" support communities and help people improve their lives while developing skills that prepare them to succeed in the workforce.

Young people who participate in “national service” support communities and help people improve their lives while developing skills that prepare them to succeed in the workforce.

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