Cisco is dedicated to using our technology around the world to make a positive difference in the lives of people and local communities. This December, Cisco offices on 3 continents partnered with hospitals to use Cisco collaboration technology to help bring holiday cheer to sick children and their families. More than 60 hospitals in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Latin America and Australia participated this year in Cisco’s 7th annual “Connected Santa” program.
Cisco employees volunteer as Christmas “elves,” delivering presents and using Cisco TelePresence and Jabber technology to help Santa make bedside visits. The high-definition video system allows the children to see and hear Santa and discuss what presents they want for the holidays. Watch this short video from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, to see how a visit with Connected Santa works.
For more information see the following news stories:
North Carolina: Cisco Brings Santa to Sick Children
London: Santa Embraces Video Technology to Spread Christmas Joy
Americas: Santa Brings Spirit to Children Spending the Holiday Season in the Hospital
Some of the Cisco technologies used for Connected Santa are also improving access to quality healthcare through corporate social responsibility programs in Jordan, China, California, and elsewhere.
I love this story and this Cisco tradition of giving, even as much as I don’t love the fact that these kids are in the hospital at all. Thank you for sharing the story and especially the video.
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