Social Impact at Cisco Live

Be a part of the movement to accelerate global problem solving.

Why Social Impact

Our social impact mission at Cisco Live is to amplify Cisco’s commitment to accelerate global problem solving through technology and expertise, and to positively impact people, society, and the planet.


Our activities tie into Cisco’s Corporate Social Responsibility priorities and our goal to positively impact 1 billion people by 2025. Join us as we celebrate 20 years of the Cisco Networking Academy program, which has trained more than 6.7 million people worldwide in IT. Read below for more information on how you can help make social change happen.


Learn more about Cisco’s corporate CSR efforts

Network to Light

There’s never been a better time to make your footsteps count!  Join us in generating energy through kinetic tiles and reaching our goal of 1 million steps.


There will be multiple kinetic tile areas around Cisco Live that attendees will be encouraged to visit.  By participating in our “Network to Light” activations onsite, attendees can track their steps and see how much energy they are personally creating, simply by walking over the tiles.  All of the energy harnessed through the kinetic tiles at Cisco Live will then be donated to schools in Nepal.


Cisco Live’s goal is 1 million steps.  The energy created by attendees at Cisco Live will be donated to schools in Nepal.

Educational benefits of school electrification:


  • Outperform non-electrified schools on key educational indicators
  • Enable broader social and economic development of communities
  • Access facilitates the introduction of ICTs into the classroom
  • Allows the access of lower-income people to lighting and communication, as well as a variety of educational delivery opportunities reducing illiteracy

Daily Activities

Sunday – Thursday


A large strip of tiles will be open in the main hallway of Mandalay Bay Convention Center in the foot path, just before the entrance to World of Solutions.  Visit this strip of tiles as many times as possible during Cisco Live and help us reach our goal of 1 million steps!


Wednesday & Thursday


Recycle Your Badge

Look for donation boxes at Cisco Live Registration and shuttle boarding areas beginning on Wednesday.


Donate Your Backpack to Local School Students

Cisco Live is partnering with the Teacher’s Exchange of Las Vegas to collect unwanted Cisco Live 2017 backpacks and distribute them across the Clark County School District to students in need for the 2017/18 school year.

Future Workforce

Cisco Networking Academy Scholarships


Introducing the Cisco Networking Academy Scholarships!  Cisco endeavors to transform education and help build the workforce of tomorrow by fostering and developing IT Talent. Through College of Southern Nevada, Cisco Live will provide two full year Cisco Networking Academy scholarships awarded in June for the 2017/2018 school year.




Cisco Networking Academy Dream Team


For the sixth year in a row, a team of a dozen Cisco Networking Academy students and instructors from across the US & Canada are selected for an elite opportunity to work alongside Cisco engineers to help set up and support the massive network that supports Cisco Live Network Operations Center (NOC). The Networking Academy Dream Team is a diverse representation of the future workforce including soon-to-be college grads, military veterans, and career changers looking to expand their IT knowledge and demonstrate their skills in a high-paced real-world environment.


Learn more about the Dream Team

Supplier and Venue Partnerships

Our suppliers and venue partners have established sustainable practices such as:


  • 80% of exhibit waste recycled
  • Food donation and composting
  • Cork recycling
  • Recyclable containers
  • Sustainable menus
  • Water conservation
  • 5 Key rating in the green key eco-rating system

Cisco’s Commitment

Our efforts at Cisco Live directly align with Cisco’s corporate social responsibility goals.



Cisco Live Network to Light
Make a difference in the lives of others through the power of your footsteps. The energy created by attendees at Cisco Live will be donated to schools in Nepal.
Celebrating 20 Years of Networking Academy
Diana Nassar is a global problem solver. The hands-on, practical training she received through Cisco Networking Academy prepared her to thrive in a technical career and inspire other women in Jordan to follow in her footsteps.
Global Problem Solvers
The digital revolution is empowering people everywhere to innovate as technologists, think as entrepreneurs, and act as social change agents.

Cisco would like to thank the following sponsors:

Diamond Sponsors

Emerald Sponsors