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
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Tags: Cisco CSR, cisco networking academy, corporate social responsibility, Internet of Everything, IoE, le defi
The city of Nancy was once the Art Nouveau capital of France. Today it is a smart city, incorporating tagging systems in its municipal infrastructure to give citizens access to data captured from traffic lights, bus systems, crosswalks, and more. Companies are developing technologies that combine this data and location information to solve everyday inconveniences for people. A team of Cisco Networking Academy students from University of Lorraine used this connection of people, process, data, and things to improve life for visually impaired people. They created a networked walking stick that helps users move safely and independently in smart cities like Nancy.
Handisco Stick users will be able to use data from tagged locations to move independently and safely around cities
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Tags: Cisco CSR, corporate social responsibility, France, handisco, Internet of Everything, le defi, Social Good, visually impaired