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Cisco Prepares for the London 2012 Olympic Games

July 27, 2011 - 0 Comments

There’s just one year to go until the London 2012 Olympic Games.  It’s been quite a year and we have had much to celebrate – not least that, at the heart of a world-class event, there’s a world-class network infrastructure helping to make it all happen.

Games test events are underway from a technical perspective and we’re pleased with the way our network is performing.  Our marketing activities have scaled to a fully-integrated activation plan and colleagues worldwide are really engaging with our internal programme – check out

Neil Crockett judges final STEMNet challenge

one example here.  I am especially proud of our investment in creating the British Innovation Gateway, announced in January.

But a recent highlight for me has been chairing the judging panel for the Cisco STEMNet challenge. UK schools were invited to design a website for Paralympian handcyclist, Rachel Morris. Rachel kindly agreed to help judge the entries, joined by Chris Thompson of Ravensbourne College, the Digital Media Centre of Excellence in East London.  We were overwhelmed by the quality of the submissions and by the enthusiasm and engagement the students showed in wanting to support Rachel’s endeavours, which made for quite a few emotional moments among us all.

Congratulations go to Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College as the winning school.  The occasion reinforced for me quite how powerful the Paralympic Games are as a human story of real Olympic spirit.  It also underscored how effective the STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) challenges can be in inspiring the upcoming digital generation.  I went home that day really uplifted by our programmes, the talent we are nurturing as a country, and how Cisco can act as a catalyst in building a brilliant future for the UK.

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