• Keynotes and Innovation Talks

    Keynotes and Innovation Talks provide insight and strategic direction from Cisco’s executives and industry thought leaders.

    Cisco leadership takes the stage during the Cisco Live keynotes to share their unique insights on the opportunities for today’s innovators to help lead digital transformation. Your time is now. Learn how you can become a driving force for innovation and growth within your organization.

    Keynote Speakers

    Opening Keynote



    Future Proof Your Business

    Tuesday, February 21, 9:30 – 10:45


    From IoT to Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence – technology evolves fast and each new breakthrough promises to transform your business and generate new revenue streams. Sounds cool right? However, what is the point of all these new technologies if you don’t have a solid infrastructure upon which to implement them? And let’s not forget that everything needs to be fully secured. After all, we have all seen the global problems caused by cyber criminals.


    Join Ruba Borno PhD, Cisco’s Vice President of Growth Initiatives and Chief of Staff to CEO Chuck Robbins, who will share Cisco’s vision that the only future-proofed solution for digital transformation is the next-generation secure network. Hear about the specific impact to the Future of IT and the Future of Work. To prepare for this future, organizations must fundamentally change how they build, manage and secure networks. But where do you begin? With you of course, the engineer.


    Ruba, an engineer herself, will be joined on stage by some of your peers to discuss their stories of business and personal transformation. They will share what engineers must do to keep pace with the changing face of technology and how the simplicity Cisco provides can help you drive change.


    Your Time is Now



    Ruba Borno is Vice President of Growth Initiatives and Chief of Staff to the Chief Executive Officer. keynote-photos-ruba-borno-opening-keynote-150px


    As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Ruba leads business strategy and planning, provides market insights to support Cisco’s investment and technology strategies, and informs the CEO agenda.


    Ruba was previously a Principal at The Boston Consulting Group and a leader in their Technology, Media & Telecommunications, and People & Organization practice groups. Known for her prioritization and execution, she supported the most senior executives of enterprise and consumer technology companies as they managed organizational change, increased operational effectiveness, and accelerated business growth. In this capacity she worked closely with Cisco executives on engineering, business, and people transformation initiatives. She also co-authored articles including “Break Up or Shake Up: Get Ready for the Technology Industry Revolution” and “Technology Companies: Putting People First”.


    Ruba has been an Intel Ph.D. fellow at the National Science Foundation’s Engineering Research Center for Wireless Integrated MicroSystems, where her research focused on wireless sensor technology. During her graduate studies, Ruba also worked at Mobius Microsystems to optimize and commercialize solid state frequency control devices.


    She has contributed to 10 peer-reviewed research publications, multiple books, and has been the recipient of the Marian Sarah Parker Prize as an outstanding woman engineering graduate student at the University of Michigan. She is also passionate about tackling education and poverty-related challenges, and has served in a pro bono capacity with City Year San Jose / Silicon Valley, Rocketship Education, and United Way of the Bay Area’s MatchBridge program.


    Ruba holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering with honors from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

    Guest Keynote



    There’s never been a better time to unlock space, for good!

    Thursday, February 23, 16:45 – 18:15


    Stephen Attenborough is at the forefront of a new space age which, for the first time, will bring space travel to the masses. He is the Commercial Director for Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, which is on track to become the world’s first passenger carrying commercial spaceline.


    Stephen was the company’s first employee and has established its commercial foundations, including a community of 700 Future Astronauts.  His role further includes responsibilities for work-streams investigating additional applications and markets for the space vehicles, including scientific research and small satellite launch programmes which are now being actively pursued.


    He will also examine the power that new technologies have to transform established conventions and embedded expectations, as well as showing how a purpose-driven culture can optimise the extraordinary combined potential of people and technology.


    Stephen will paint an inspirational picture and present a compelling argument for why there has never been a better time to unlock the potential of space to change the world for good…



    Innovation Talks


    To thrive in the new world of digital business companies will need to innovate at an unprecedented pace. Cisco Live’s Innovation Talks provide a multi-faceted look at the challenges and potential of the latest innovations in key areas such as network technology, security, cloud and collaboration – providing the context and inspiration today’s IT professionals need to create the world of tomorrow.




    Tuesday, February 21, 11:15 – 12:15

    Enterprise Networking for the Digital Economy


    Digitization is placing unprecedented demands on IT, in particular on networks. Today’s digital businesses’ need for advanced functionality and scale requires a modern approach to networking: a simplified and automated infrastructure that powers new business models. This session will demonstrate how Cisco can help you make a smooth digital transformation – extending beyond connectivity with capabilities core to the foundation of digital business including security, automation and analytics. Join us to learn how modern networking can simplify your digital transformation today.




    Tuesday, February 21, 14:15 – 15:45

    Go Beyond Automation: Advancing Your Next Gen Data Center


    Next Gen Data Center capabilities are crucial for the journey to digital transformation. In this session, you’ll learn about Cisco’s Data Center strategy to power applications and business with policy-driven infrastructure. You’ll hear about innovations that help you attain hybrid flexibility and analytic insight across your environment – from the game-changing simplicity of HyperFlex, to app-centric automation with ACI, and real-time visibility and security with Tetration Analytics. We’ll show you how our products work together to enforce policy and simplify operations throughout your data center. Hear from your peers and our ecosystem partners about solutions that go beyond automation – from hyperconvergence to containers, multi-pod to application insights and application segmentation. Cisco delivers end-to-end solutions to help you Analyze, Simplify, Automate and Protect… ASAP.




    Tuesday, February 21, 16:45 – 17:45

    Revolutionizing the Way People Meet: Smarter Meetings, Smarter Teams


    At Cisco, we believe collaboration is not just a set of technologies: it’s a human activity focused on helping teams work better – together – to reach common goals. Focusing on the human aspect of collaboration though, requires tools that meet the rapidly evolving needs of today’s businesses. And business is moving fast… it is more agile, mobile, and collaborative than ever before. At Cisco, we’ve spent the last 10+ years refining our collaboration solutions for the world’s largest enterprises, all while innovating new solutions. And now, we are delivering collaboration tools that were built leveraging core design principles to create a simpler, faster and more personal experience. Join us to see how your business can benefit from our newest tools, and how we’re making it easier than ever to deploy and use Collaboration from Cisco.




    Wednesday, February 22, 9:00 – 10:00

    Effective Security


    Digitization has created unprecedented growth opportunities. With more than 50B connected devices estimated by 2020, business leaders are questioning how new digital trends will impact their business – but so are the active adversaries seeking to profit from well-organized cybercrime operations. As the attack surface continues to expand, so has the need for a more effective approach to Security. Security that is integrated, automated and simple to manage will be foundational to the success of digital businesses and they work to deliver protection from the network to the mobile user and the cloud – wherever employees work and data resides. This session will address the evolving role of security in digital environments. We will discuss new ways to secure your business in a digital world, including key architectural approaches that you can take to protect your business both today and enable it for growth and innovation moving forward.




    Wednesday, February 22, 11:30 – 12:30

    DevNet: Where Applications Meet Infrastructure


    When you think of a developer, you may think of an app developer, cloud developer, web developer, or mobile developer. But in today’s innovation driven economy, everyone is a developer. As programmable networks, network function virtualization, hybrid clouds, and the Internet of Things turn the network into a powerful platform for innovation, IT and Network Admins and Operators are becoming developers too. That’s why Cisco is continually launching new APIs and tools that enable cross functional teams of “developers” to work together to transform IT systems, deliver breakthrough capabilities, and perhaps launch the next disruption.



    Wednesday, February 22, 14:30 – 15:30

    As Service Providers, you need to virtualize, automate, secure and scale your networks to meet explosive customer demand and create profitable business outcomes. Join Colin Kincaid to hear how Cisco innovations are creating the elastic, programmable network of the future. Cisco’s unified approach to Service Provider network virtualization, automation and orchestration – and the Services that enable new business capabilities – will help you simply and easily launch new services, grow revenue and lower operating costs.


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