Dear Developers and Innovators,

As the Vice President of an organization deeply committed to technological advancements and environmental sustainability, I am thrilled to announce an exciting coding challenge. We’re calling it, “Build for Better.” The challenge will run from March 14th through April 22nd (Earth Day). This is more than just a competition; it’s a call to action for application developers to harness their skills in AI, Observability, and Sustainability to make a real-world impact.

The Build for Better coding challenge

Our Build for Better coding challenge invites you to be at the forefront of a movement aiming to reduce the carbon footprint of technology itself. Your expertise in development can power the transformation toward a greener, more sustainable digital infrastructure.

Why is this important? Because technology – which inherently consumes energy – can also be the key to reducing and optimizing that very consumption. We are on the cusp of a revolution where intelligent coding can lead to significant environmental benefits.

Need some inspiration to get started? Outlined below are three example use cases:

Use Case 1: Energy Consumption

Channel your coding expertise into the fight against climate change, using the power of Cisco software and the Cisco Observability Platform. Your commitment to energy-efficient solutions can be the catalyst for change, propelling us towards a greener and more sustainable future.
Technology hints: Cisco Meraki, Cisco IOS XE, Cisco Observability Platform

Use Case 2: Smart Buildings & Energy Efficiency

Shine a spotlight on your talent and passion for sustainable innovation by utilizing the power of Cisco’s advanced software and the Cisco Observability Platform. We are calling on you to create coding solutions that not only push the boundaries of technology but also drive us towards a future of responsible energy consumption.
Technology hints: Cisco Meraki, Cisco IOS XE, Cisco Observability Platform

Use Case 3: Green Coding

Push the boundaries of technology for environmental good. Your coding can dramatically reduce energy consumption and shape a more sustainable digital world. Seize this opportunity to deploy your expertise and make a significant impact with every line of code.
Technology hints: Software Development

Challenge Yourself

By participating in this challenge, you get the opportunity to:

  • Make an Impact: Use Cisco Technologies to significantly lower the tech industry’s energy usage.
  • Showcase Your Skills: Demonstrate your coding prowess and dedication to sustainability.
  • Join a Community: Collaborate with like-minded developers passionate about green coding.
  • Innovate for Good: Tackle real-world problems using Cisco’s tools to forge a sustainable tech future.

Even better, up to three winners will be highlighted in our DevNet community, receive an invitation for mentorship sessions with DevNet experts, and $500 in credits to the Cisco Store.

Are you ready to Build for Better with Cisco?

Entering is easy. Sign up to become a DevNet member and submit your code via our Code Exchange with clear technical documentation. The submission window closes on April 22, 2024 where the DevNet judging panel will review all submissions and announce the winner on May 1, 2024.

We are eager to see the innovations you will bring to life, especially those leveraging the power of Cisco. Take this opportunity to showcase your coding talents and commitment to environmental sustainability.

Best regards,

Shannon McFarland
Vice President

P.S. Don’t forget to mark your calendars – the challenge begins on Pi Day, March 14th, and runs until Earth Day, April 22nd. It’s time to put your coding skills to the test for the betterment of our planet. Join us now!



Shannon McFarland

Vice President, Developer Relations & Experience