Cisco Live US 2017 kicks off on June 25, and our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives to accelerate global problem solving will be on full display. We are planning plenty of exciting opportunities for our customers and partners to participate, win prizes, and become IT superheroes.

Our goal is to accelerate global problem solving to positively impact people, society, and the planet. At Cisco Live, attendees will have the chance to help us do just that. This year, we’ll be stationed at the CSR Lounge in the World of Solutions foyer and expect many of the 27,000 attendees to visit us throughout the week.

CSR highlights include:

#CiscoChat: How IT is a Superpower for Solving the World’s Problems — June 21

Before Cisco Live begins, @CiscoCSR will host a live #CiscoChat on June 21 from 10:30 am to 11:30 am PT. We’ll talk about how global problem solvers are using IT to make a positive impact in the world with our featured guests:

Kinetic Tile Racing in the CSR Lounge — June 25-29

What is a kinetic tile, you ask? It’s a way to harness the energy of your footsteps and use it to provide electricity for other purposes. As part of Cisco Live’s social impact efforts, we are hosting one of the event’s many kinetic tile areas in the CSR Lounge. Our goal is to harness the energy of 1 million steps at Cisco Live — enough to provide electricity to 40 schools in Nepal for a minimum of four days, impacting 30,000 students.

Participating is as easy as scanning your badge and running on the tiles. Attendees can race members of the CSR team and even Cisco Networking Academy students from the Dream Team.

Live Broadcast — June 28, 1:30 to 2:00 p.m. PT

Tune into the Cisco Live Broadcast, where Tae Yoo, Senior Vice President of Cisco Corporate Affairs, will provide an update on our commitment to positively impact one billion people by 2025. We’ll also visit the CSR lounge, where you can join us in celebrating 20 years of the Cisco Networking Academy. Even if you aren’t attending Cisco Live in person, you can join 200,000 online attendees and follow the live broadcast on the Cisco Live website.

Executive Symposium: Technology Solutions to Solve the World’s Problems — June 26, 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. PT

Tae Yoo will join Dipak Basu, CEO of Anudip, and Paul Polak, Founder/CEO of Windhorse International, to discuss how organizations and companies are using technology to solve global problems. One of Cisco’s nonprofit partners, Anudip has trained more than 60,000 youth and women in digital skills across India, with a 75 percent job placement rate. Participants experience an average 300 percent growth in family income.

Other highlights include:

  • More than 300 people, including 10 local Networking Academy students, will attend the fifth annual Cisco Empowered Women’s Network on Sunday, June 25 at 1 p.m. PT.
  • Giveaways at the CSR Lounge, including superhero masks and CSR-branded stickers.
  • Cisco Live is partnering with the Teacher’s Exchange of Las Vegas to donate unusued backpacks to Clark County School District students for the 2017/2018 school year.


Social Media

Follow all of the action on Twitter and Facebook. To join the conversation, use the #CLUS and #GlobalProblemSolvers hashtags.

For those attending, we’re giving away three Oculus Rift VR Headsets, one each on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Attendees who race on the kinetic tiles in the CSR Lounge will be eligible to win. At the end of each day, we’ll announce winners via our social media channels.


Austin Belisle

No Longer with Cisco