DevNet Zone

DevNet provides developers with the tools, resources and code needed to build innovative, network-enabled solutions.

Dive into the DevNet Zone at Cisco Live to learn, discover and get hands-on with Cisco and open source SDKs and APIs.

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DevNet Zone is Cisco Live for Developers

For Network Engineers

You’re a networking ninja – very comfortable with SDN and Networking products and configuration.

For IT Managers

You’re involved in the operationalization and standardization of IT resources and processes.

For Solution Developers

You’re developing, integrating and customizing enterprise and newly-build “born for cloud” applications and architecting software to ensure application availability.

What can you do in the DevNet Zone?

In the DevNet Zone at Cisco Live, you’ll have 1-on-1 access to technical experts who will help you get hands-on with Cisco and open source SDKs and APIs. You’ll gain the knowledge, skills, and connections you need to move ahead in your area of interest.

  • LEARN about working with Cisco’s APIs in over 50 sessions and workshops
  • DISCOVER how Cisco and partners have developed using Cisco APIs
  • DEVELOP in the Hackathon, Learning Labs and workshops (no experience needed)
  • MARKET your cloud-based solutions and get them in the hands of Cisco customers

Sessions and Activities

There’s an assortment of interactive activities and tutorials taking place in the DevNet Zone. This interactive space allows you to dive straight in and play with the SDKs, along with the help of Cisco experts. The DevNet Zone will be open Sunday through Thursday. Activities include:

Theatre Sessions

Overviews, API Deep Dives, discussion panels and coding tutorials. All free to attend by anyone and taking place in the DevNet Zone Theater and Classroom. Just turn up.

View the sessions taking place in the DevNet Zone.

Please note: In addition to DevNet Zone activities, full conference attendees can also attend 90-minute or 120-minute technical education sessions (BRKDEV) focused on software development.  Access to 60-minute PSODEV sessions is also included.

View all the developer-related sessions inside and outside of the DevNet Zone.

Mini Workshops

A free, social and informal way to learn a new skill or try a new technology in groups of 5 or 6, before, after or instead of getting involved in a larger Classroom hands-on session.  The DevNet team will lead you through building your first container, learning coding skills, and trying new Cisco APIs.  These workshops will be short, friendly and hands-on with the technology.  Full schedule coming soon.

Learning Labs

Get hands-on and start coding. No experience required. The labs are self-paced tutorials covering five technology areas. Do it yourself and call out if you get stuck – a DevNet team member is only a hand wave away. Full schedule coming soon.


See the Cisco teams demonstrating the toolkits and development environments and take a look at integrated solutions developed by partners. It’s all good food for thought.

Hackathon (the weekend of Cisco Live)

Updated! Taking place the weekend before Cisco Live (June 6 & 7) in the DevNet Zone, the Hackathon is free to attend and focuses on IoT and Cloud technologies. We’ve just released more information plus the ability to register.

Find out more on the DevNet Hackathon site and get involved.

OpenStack Newcomer Training (the Saturday before Cisco Live)

Updated! Taking place in the DevNet Zone on Saturday June 6, we’ve teamed up with a group of OpenStack experts inside and outside of Cisco to offer a training session to teach you how to navigate the intricacies of the OpenStack project’s technical tools and social interactions.  Whether you’re new to OpenStack or want to get more involved, the training session will provide hands on experience with OpenStack experts in the room when help is needed

Find out more about the OpenStack Newcomer Training and get involved.


Take a look at the technology areas below and then click through to the relevant page on the DevNet site where you’ll find the drill-down of exactly what’s on offer in the DevNet Zone for that technology area.

You’ll get to understand how to develop using Cisco controllers and virtual networks using continuous development, to create a professional developer experience. You’ll learn what the controllers are about, how do you really use them. How you can build using different tools, and where to get them.

Find out the detail of what’s in the DevNet Zone for SDN

We’ll highlight how Cisco is embracing DevOps principles and providing tools to help you to automate. Specifically, we’ll educate you about DevOps generally – through using some industry gurus, and provide you with examples of how Cisco used DevOps principles when developing Jabber, WebEx, Squared, ScanSafe. We’ll be ‘dog-fooding’, showing how we’ve integrated these principles into our own work. Plus, you’ll find out about the DevOps tools you’ll soon be able to use when developing using Cisco SDN technologies, enabling you to automate the way in which you use Cisco: automated build and test capabilities that then become building blocks for automation.

Find out the detail of what’s in the DevNet Zone for DevOps

We’ll introduce you to our OpenSource DevCenter (incl OpenDaylight, OpenStack, SNORT and OPNFV)), clarify the tie-up between OpenSource and Open Standards, show how and where are we using and contributing to OpenSource, give examples of OpenStack developers talking about what they’re doing within Cisco, showcase top contributors who have used Snort, and also hold a developer contest using the OpenStack platform (at the same time a the Hackathon)

Find out the detail of what’s in the DevNet Zone for Open Source

We’ll show you how to build composable, cloud-native applications, whether you’re transforming existing applications to Microservices, or creating new Microservices style applications. We’ll also look at automating the operations of these applications, using container orchestration services. Plus you’ll see live demos of Microservices applications being deployed and operated on the Cisco Intercloud using Docker and Nirmata.

Find out the detail of what’s in the DevNet Zone for Cloud

You’ll be able to use the Enterprise Internet of Things toolkit to accelerate the number of sensor and control endpoints onto the network, find out how you can enable and manage the hyper-distribution of apps through the Application Foundation. Plus use Data In Motion (DMo)and play with the CMX Mobility Services APIs.

Find out the detail of what’s in the DevNet Zone for IoT

We’ll teach you how to integrate voice, voice mail, IM and conferencing capabilities into your web-enabled application, be able to incorporate a full Jabber Guest experience into your web or mobile app and get to grips with unified communications within Cisco.

Find out the detail of what’s in the DevNet Zone for Collaboration


DevNet Zone access and sessions (PSODEV/BRKDEV) are included in the full conference and IT Management passes. You can also attend by purchasing a $49 DevNet Explorer Pass.*

The DevNet Explorer Pass includes:

  • DevNet Zone access (including all DevNet Zone Theatre Sessions and other Zone activities)
  • Cisco Live Keynotes
  • World of Solutions

The Hackathon and OpenStack Newcomer Training Day are free and need to be registered for separately.

*DevNet Zone access is also included in the Explorer pass and CEWN pass. Technical sessions (PSODEV/BRKDEV) are only included in full conference and IT Management passes.

We’re continuing to evolve the DevNet Zone activities. Sign up for DevNet Zone email updates.

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