Technical Education

Cisco Live offers a variety of ways to get the education you need to be a hero in the era of the Internet of Everything. From business and technical sessions, to hands-on labs and in-depth technical seminars, to 1:1 opportunities to connect with experts, you’ll have multiple opportunities to get the knowledge, insight, and skills that can help advance your career.

Technology Tracks

At Cisco Live, educational sessions are organized into technology tracks to make it easy to find the topics that interest you most. Explore one track in depth or cover multiple tracks when building your agenda.

The different tracks focus on the core topics and technologies that are transforming the way we communicate and collaborate, including Certification, Cloud, Collaboration, Core, Data Center, Mobility, Enterprise Networks, Security, Service Provider, and Software Defined Networks. Learn more »

Types of Technical Sessions

You can choose from a wide spectrum of sessions tailored to different levels of expertise and skill.

Technical Breakouts

The technical breakout sessions at Cisco Live focus on the latest technologies, architecture strategies, applications, and troubleshooting tactics for Cisco solutions and technologies. Sessions range from introductory to advanced technical skill levels and typically cover new products and feature/functionality updates to existing products.

Case Studies

In these sessions delivered by Cisco customers, partners, and Cisco IT staff, you’ll hear about the best practices, performance metrics, and recommendations for deploying, managing, and extending Cisco solutions to achieve specific IT and business goals.

Product or Strategy Overviews

Led by Cisco marketing teams, these sessions provide updates on key product and solution families and examine the business strategy that drives today’s critical technology and business decisions.


Panel discussions give you the opportunity to hear a wide range of views on important topics from people inside and outside Cisco — including other vendors, customers, and industry experts. Panels focus on the big-picture, transformative concepts, and ideas that help put your educational sessions in context.

Inside Cisco IT

In these dedicated Cisco on Cisco sessions, you’ll hear directly from Cisco’s own IT managers and get practical insight and a unique perspective from the dedicated Cisco staff charged with deploying Cisco products and technologies in a global enterprise infrastructure. Don’t miss the showcase of Cisco technologies and the seasoned IT experts at the Inside Cisco IT booth in the World of Solutions! Learn more »

Labs & Seminars

Technical Seminars

Cisco Live’s comprehensive half-day and full-day seminars address a wide variety of technology areas, design principles, and best practices. Offered only on Sunday and Thursday, these technical seminars complement their corresponding technology breakout sessions. Learn more »


Installing and troubleshooting network technologies, performing “what-if” scenarios, and practicing risky network operations in a simulated environment moderated by Cisco experts are the best ways to get critical hands-on experience. Cisco Live 2016 features several four- and eight-hour instructor-led labs. The labs serve as preparation for specific Cisco Certifications exams and are priced in addition to your conference fee. Learn more »

Walk-in Self-Paced Labs

Cisco Live’s Walk-in Self-Paced (WISP) Labs give you a unique opportunity to get hands-on experience on a variety of Cisco products and solutions. During these unique sessions, you will work through a 30-60 minute pre-designed scenario and explore the configurations and features of products in depth. Each hands-on lab allows you to evaluate and test some of the latest products at your own pace. All WISP labs are offered on a first come, first served basis. No scheduling is required. Learn more »

Technical Solutions Clinics

These informal whiteboard discussions allow you to discuss your technical questions with a Technical Community Advocate (TAC) or other qualified Cisco representative. Get their perspective on the best strategy to address your needs. Learn more »

Table Topics

During lunch on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, you can join a Cisco expert and your peers in casual conversations focusing on the hot topics addressed in breakout sessions. Table Topics discussions offer a fresh perspective on the issues that everyone is talking about at Cisco Live. Learn more »

Meet the Expert

The Meet the Expert program provides you the opportunity to connect with Cisco executives and engineers for informal one-on-one discussions on the topics that matter most to you. Learn more »

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