Note: The leadership team of Cisco’s Connected Asian Affinity Network (CAAN) would like to thank its executive sponsors and supporters for supporting this international give back the initiative. This program would not have been possible without them.
As a manager for Cisco’s corporate social responsibility programs, I focus on public-private partnerships that support an inclusive digital economy, specifically by applying technology to create positive, sustainable change in education and workforce development.
Pete Sawyer is a systems engineer at Cisco. He’s a military veteran, having served seven years in the United States Army. He’s also a global problem solver, using decades of military and IT experience to make a difference in his local community.
Through his volunteer work with the Fisher House Foundation, Pete is ensuring veterans’ families stay connected while their loved ones receive necessary medical treatment.
by Megan DePorter Zeishner, Community Relations Program Manager
Girls Power Tech (GPT) was an amazing experience this year. Through our sites around the world and unwavering support of our global executive sponsors, Kelly Kramer & Ruba Borno, a global team worked together to inspire the next generation of innovators, taking science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to the next level.
This year’s Girls Power Tech featured 90 Cisco offices in 50 countries across the world hosting nearly 6,000 students, 1,689 volunteers, and more than 15,000 mentoring hours! The impact continues to grow.
by Gary Coman, Engineering and Development Lead, Cisco Networking Academy
Everywhere in the world, technology is changing the way we live and work. As director of engineering with the Cisco Networking Academy program, I am part of a global community dedicated to training the next generation of students who can build networks, develop apps, secure devices, and analyze data. Combined with an entrepreneurial spirit, these digital skills can help you stand out in the job market, forget your own path, and even empower you to do work with a purpose.
BRAND VOICE | This year’s theme for the 2017 Cisco Networking Academy Instructor Conference held at Vodacom World in Midrand was “There’s Never Been a Better Time to Build the Digital Workforce”.
Fittingly, the Vodacom Foundation has again committed to train unemployed young people across the country in information and communication technology (ICT) to nurture digital skills and help propel Africa into the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Speaking at the official opening of the conference, Vodacom Group CEO Shameel Joosub said: "The new evolution today is digitalisation. Our noble ambition is to be a leading digital company that contributes to transforming the government's programmes such as health, education, municipal services, and safety and security.
Cisco's passion for STEM education is highlighted by the company's efforts around Corporate Social Responsibility. In particular, Cisco invites young women from around the world into its offices each year to celebrate Girls Power Tech—an initiative to encourage girls to explore the fields of STEM in academia and career.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way we live. Connected devices like our phones, watches, lights, and even televisions are communicating to make our lives better. My thermostat warms my home before I arrive, my light bulbs detect when I've pulled into my driveway and switch on, and my watch can secure my home before I go to bed.