This blog was originally published on the Huffington Post
As I watch the unfolding story of cyber outlaw Edward Snowden skipping around the globe, I’m struck by the talented young man who employers “fought over,” despite the fact that he had no formal STEM education. In contrast, the National STEM Conference in Austin last week brought together over 1,500 folks to ponder and discuss the critical need for more American students to be knowledgeable in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM.
While many young people today are brought up with some innate sense of these skills, as Snowden was, this conference dared us to imagine the innovation and creativity that could come from this future generation if they were provided the formal education to reach their full potential in these fields.
All the participants at the National STEM Conference brought diverse ideas to the table. Corporate leaders mixed with curriculum developers who chatted with government officials who socialized with teachers. More than one session and hallway chat highlighted the desperate need to interest and retain younger and younger students in STEM education. Fewer conversations occurred about the relevancy of field. Even fewer attendees spoke about their own education “journeys,” when a STEM learning moment drove them into their current career path.
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Tags: education, social media, stem
Has it been a whole year already? It’s that time again to gather with fellow technologists from around the globe to talk shop at Cisco Live, this time in Orlando. It’s going to be hot in every way. Here is a quick guide to what’s happening from tech to social, plus waffles.
Waffles. Just because.
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Tags: #CLUS, charity 5k, Cisco Live 2013 Orlando, cloud, data center, social events at cisco live, social media, tweetups, UCS, waffleclub, waffles, wounder warrior project
Last week I was honored to co-present with Parvez Patel, senior director of e-strategy at Grainger, on a session at Internet Retailer Conference 2013, titled “Social Marketing for B2B: It’s Not Just for B2C Anymore.”
In this session both of us discussed how we approached B2B social media from a Grainger perspective and from a Cisco retail industry marketing perspective. Some of the points that we discussed include:
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Tags: B2B, Cisco, grainger, retail, social media
Internet Retailer Conference and Expo 2013, being held this year in Chicago from June 4th to 7th at the McCormick Convention Center, is expected to draw more than 9,500 attendees.
Cisco retail industry marketing has grown from the initial Twitter feed to now include a comprehensive portfolio of social media properties, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Youtube and blog.
I am excited to be presenting with Parvez Patel, senior director of E-marketing at Grainger, on the B2B Social Media Track this Thursday, June 6th from 1:45pm to 2:30pm CT on the topic “Social marketing for b2b: It’s not just for b2c anymore.”
In this session, Parvez and I will present and take questions on the following:
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Tags: Cisco, grainger, irce, retail, retailing, social media
This is the first in a two-part blog series that examines the opportunities that cloud-based services offer to law enforcement agencies—along with the challenges of this fundamental shift in the way information resources are managed.
Police forces have a well-established culture of owning and managing systems directly founded on concerns about security and control of access to information. Three trends, however, make this position unsustainable:
- Traditional models for acquiring and running systems, which slow the pace of innovation
- Increasing need to form partnerships with other police agencies, public-sector bodies, and the private sector. Partnership depends on information sharing and open approaches to developing systems.
One of the most radical—and successful—cloud-based public-safety and security services is Facewatch. Using a network-based model, Facewatch provides an online reporting tool that allows U.K. businesses and citizens to report crimes and attach video evidence. The service enables crime victims to cancel credit cards instantly through Facewatch’s partners; allows users to share images of wanted people; and provides a channel for feedback from the police on the outcomes of cases.
Facewatch offers immediate benefits to the public, businesses, and law enforcement:
- Citizens: ease of reporting and rapid management of associated processes
- Businesses: less time required to deal with incidents
- Law enforcement: reduces or eliminates the need to interact directly with premises to recover video footage
For all users, there is greater transparency about processes and reporting on outcomes, as well as the ability for communities to share information about wanted persons and crime trends.
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Tags: Cisco, cloud, Cloud Computing, Facewatch, IBSG, law enforcement, network, networking, police, Public Safety, security, social media, technology, United Kingdom