If you already have a visit to the DevNet Zone on your Cisco Live agenda, you can stop reading now.  If not…you need to put it on your calendar now.

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The range of learning, coding, connecting, and inspiring activities and sessions at this year’s Cisco Live is greater than ever! More learning labs, more hands-on workshops, more solution demos, more mini-hacks, more 4:30 beer parties!  Heck, there’s even an Escape Room challenge to put your API skills to the test!  If you’re into network programming, Cloud collaboration, IoT application development, or DevOps … it’s simply the place you need to be.

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The full DevNet Zone schedule gives you everything you need to know about what’s happening in the DevNet Zone and when. It gives you a glossary of the APIs and tools you’ll be able to learn about and get hands-on with. And you’ll find a listing of all the self-paced, no-reservation-required Learning Labs you can complete on-site – with experts there to help if you need it. We’ll have learning labs there for you across all of DevNet’s technology areas including:

  • Network programming
  • Software coding
  • Security
  • Cloud
  • Collaboration
  • Data center
  • Mobility
  • Analytics & Automation
  • Virtual development & testing

Here’s a quick skip across the surface of some of the DevNet Zone sessions and activities. Follow the links to learn more, and then get it on your calendar to come to the DevNet Zone for a deeper dive.

Innovation Showcase Keynote – “Innovation: The Rise of the Network-Powered Developer”

Monday at 6:00pm, join me to hear about some exciting innovations with Cisco APIs, and introduce you to the art of what’s possible where infrastructure meets apps.  I’ll be joined on stage by a special guest from Apple.

Inspirational Panels – More than inspiration, these expert panels give you a window into where technology and industry leaders see us heading. Come meet them in person, and ask your questions.

  • Monday at 1:00pm – Strategies for Delivering Efficient & Data-Aware IoT Applications Panel Discussion
  • Monday at 4:00pm – The Opportunity Project: Expanding Economic Opportunity Through Open Data
  • Tuesday at 1:00pm – Applying Design Thinking to Building Products in Cisco
  • Tuesday at 5:00pm – Cisco CTOs Discuss APIs and the future of IoT, Networking, Security, Cloud, and Collaboration
  • Wednesday at 1:00pm – Cisco Partners & DevOps – Hear our partner expert panel discuss how DevOps methodologies work in the world of networking, and how and why you may consider building a DevOps practice.

Mini-Hacks: Try one of our mini-hacks where we give you a problem to solve and you code away! Create an iOS app with QoS tags (Fast lane Validation), hack with Meraki APIs and Spark Bots.

Enter the Meraki Challenge to win a Meraki Developer Kit!  Complete all 3 Meraki Mini-Hacks or all 4 Meraki Learning Labs and you’ll be entered to win, full details onsite!

DevNet Escape Room:  Grab a few friends and use your API skills to code your way out! Complete 3 challenges in 15 minutes and the fastest time of the day wins big!

Women in Tech event:  Sunday, from 8:00 – 11:00am, The Cisco DevNet Women in Tech community is bringing a hands-on coding workshop using Cisco DevIoT and DIY electronics Arduino kit. Bring your own laptop. Arduino Kits and other supplies will be provided.

DevNet Express Cisco Chat

The two DevNet Express Events being held at Cisco Live are SOLD OUT.  However, we will be hosting a #CiscoChat on Facebook.com/ciscodevnet.  Live video from Las Vegas! After the live video ends, the recordings will be available on Facebook. You’ll find details are in Hank Preston’s blog.

The two DevNet Express events are:
DevNet Express: Data Center Infrastructure is for Data Center Infrastructure Engineers working with compute, network and storage, Architects and Software Systems Integrators plus Operations and Networking teams with an interest in infrastructure programmability, configuration, automation and provisioning.

DevNet Express: Cloud Collaboration is for IT professionals who want to learn about developing with Cisco Spark collaboration API. You’ll listen and learn from trainers, get hands-on with the technology, to complete some interactive Missions (with proctors to help you) and get rewarded for your hard work.

These events have taken off in popularity, so please visit our DevNet Express events page to find a future event, perhaps coming to a city near you!

I’m out of breath just thinking about all that DevNet is serving up for you in the DevNet Zone.  But now Cisco Live is here!  Yeah!  Do come by and “develop” with us.  I can’t wait to see you there and do take a #SelfieWithSusie.

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Susie Wee


Cisco DevNet Ecosystem Success