• 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 Speaker

    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.

    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

    The Expanding Role of the Network


    The role of the network is critical to your organization’s success more than ever before! Only Cisco DNA can lead the charge in transforming the network from a platform for device connectivity to a platform for innovation, agility and security with extensible reach and breadth of innovation. People are interfacing with their network differently as a myriad of previously unconnected “things” come together and provide data sources never before realized. Network expansion is being enabled by a modernization of the software stack with new mechanisms for automation, virtualization, analytics and security. Policy-based services allow devices to be connected from everywhere, and applications can reside anywhere on the network, from edge to cloud. Through demonstrations and use cases, you’ll learn how Cisco DNA enables you to tap into the power of your network to deliver on real business outcomes for faster innovation, reduced cost and complexity and lower risk. You will also learn about new deployment models that meet both business and IT requirements.




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

    Learn about the next generation of data center innovations in this session with Cisco leaders.




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

    Collaboration Reimagined


    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

    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

    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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