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Innovation: Turning Childhood Dreams into Today’s Reality

 “All grown-ups were once children –though few of them remember it.”

-- Antoine de Saint Exupery, The Little Prince

Recently, I attended one of my favorite events -- the EG conference in Monterey, California. Speakers ranged from musicians to rocket scientists to pickpockets and everything in between. Embracing the theme of “everything is learning, learning is everything,” the presenters encouraged us to embrace our inner child’s imagination and curiosity. Amanda Hill, CBO of BBC Earth was a particular inspiration. She reminded me of many things that we here at Cisco are striving to achieve, especially as we reimagine the Internet of Everything (IoE), a world in which everything is connected.

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EG: Inspiring Speakers Who Will Make You Rethink Learning

EG7The deadline for the upcoming EG Conference, Learning is Everything—and Everything is Learning, is around the corner on April 11. Check out the amazing and inspiring speakers – scientists, explorers, inventors and artists -- who will make you rethink everything you thought you knew about learning. Click here to learn more.

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No Holds Barred @ the EG Conference

April 19, 2012 at 8:50 am PST

If you missed the EG Conference on inspiration and innovation, check out Cisco VP Marie Hattar’s recap in her blog, “No-Holds-Barred Inspiration.”

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No-Holds-Barred Inspiration

I’m currently basking in the afterglow of an intense three days of non-stop inspiration, stimulation and general brain expansion. I’m referring to EG6/EG Everywhere, an amazing conference centered around the exchange of stories and experiences of creative brainiacs that included scientists, musicians, magicians, geographic and oceanographic explorers, artists, and others that tickled my neurotransmitters.

Cisco was not just a sponsor, but the provider of the technology that made this traditionally 300-person-limited-audience event available for people around the world to participate in—as audience members and as speakers. With the interactive platform developed for the event, anyone could watch live stream and see fun things happening online that those at the live event couldn’t because they were “on break.”

However, where the technology really made a splash was when retired Astronaut Mark Kelly and his wife Congresswoman Gabby Giffords were stranded when their flight to the conference got cancelled.  A little bit of a problem since they were listed as the closing speakers. NPR’s Scott Simon, slated to host Mark and Gabby on stage, captured the situation brilliantly in a tweet about the airline being “The only force that can ground @ShuttleCDR & family to keep them from EG conference.” Talk about an ironic twist. The email exchange among those on the Cisco team trying to come up with a solution carried the apt subject line: “Houston, We Have a Problem.” The good news is that Cisco TelePresence came to the rescue —and Mark (in Houston) and Scott (on stage in Monterey) had a wonderfully warm conversation that was both interesting and moving.

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Open Eyes, Open Mind

What do you think of when you hear the word “innovation”? For me, it conjures up images of space flight, the wonder of the first distance communication, and the dizzying array of ways we’ve learned to use the network in the past 10 years. We’ve seen so much change, it’s sometimes hard to imagine what could come next. That’s why I’m excited that Cisco is delivering EG Everywhere—virtual access to the EG Conference series, which has been called “the premier gathering of innovators in art and science, media and technology, entertainment and education.” The bottom line: three days of unadulterated innovation and inspiration from April 12-14. Talk about finding new ways to recharge and reset.

To hear about the power of EG, click on the video below and listen to Cisco Senior Vice President Carlos Dominguez describe how last year’s EG conference impacted him. 

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