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NFD5 At Cisco Today, Speed Dating, and Voting on Topics!

NFD-Logo-wpcf_400x400Today we have an excellent lineup of speakers and demos to kick off Networking Field Day 5 -- at Cisco. If you don’t know what Networking Field Day is (#NFD5 on Twitter) I basically call it “Bloggers on a Bus”.  Stephen Foskett organizes these events where he gets 10 -- 15 networking bloggers to fly out to the bay area, they rent a mega bus (hence the name), and drive around to networking vendors over 2-3 days.  The vendors do demos and presentations for the bloggers and there is usually a lively discussion*. These sessions are both live-streamed and then available to watch later at your leisure.

Speed Dating:

The lineup of topics today is: Data Center, Campus Switching, Enterprise Routing, Lunch (we like to throw steaks at the lions), more routing, more switching, and, finally, more Data Center!  One new thing we’re doing today:  In the morning, during the Enterprise Routing hour (11:30 -- 12:30) the team will do three demos and then we’ll vote on the one they want to hear more about. 

Three demos in a one hour period may not seem too fast, but it’s actually pretty quick and a bit like speed dating. So to continue the analogy, during lunch, the bloggers vote on which topic they’d like to hear more about during the afternoon 1:30 -- 2:30 hour -- basically, who they’d like to ask out again. Below, we’ve got the speed dating contestants the overall agenda, and the livestream embedded.  Read More »

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