SOCIAL IMPACT AT CISCO LIVE

Do good to feel good. Be a part of the movement to accelerate global problem solving. Our efforts at Cisco Live will impact sustainability efforts in the Las Vegas community and beyond.

WHY SOCIAL IMPACT

Our social impact mission at Cisco Live is to amplify Cisco’s commitment to positively impact people, society, and the planet. Our activities align with Cisco’s Corporate Social Responsibility priorities, one of which is to advance environmentally sustainable growth in a digital world. At Cisco Live 2020, our Social Impact Zone activities will be designed to help accelerate sustainability efforts in the Las Vegas community and beyond.

WHAT WE DID IN 2019

Cisco Live partnered with Give2Get to offer volunteer activities that impacted 26,000 people who are homeless in the local San Diego community. In the Social Impact Zone, attendees participated in a variety of hands-on activities, including assembling meal kits, family food packs, hygiene kits, art therapy kits, clothing packs, blankets, and furniture. All finished products were donated to local nonprofits addressing homelessness and food insecurity.

TAKE THE PLEDGE

Join Cisco and become part of the movement to make a positive impact on the world. When you visit the Social Impact Zone, take the pledge to be the bridge between hope and possible. Get ideas and inspiration for how you can make a positive impact on people, society, and the planet. And meet like-minded attendees who want to use their skills, access, and ability to do good.

Read more about the pledge

CISCO NETWORKING ACADEMY

OVERVIEW

Cisco Networking Academy is changing lives. More than IT skills training; it’s a community whose members are the students, educators, and business leaders shaping the future. Since its inception, Cisco Networking Academy has educated 9.2 million students in over 180 countries. We’re changing education, we’re changing businesses, and we’re changing economies.

CISCO NETWORKING ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIPS

Cisco endeavors to transform education and help build the workforce of tomorrow by fostering and developing IT talent. Our Networking Academy curriculum covers networking, security, IoT, and more, and is offered at more than 11,400 learning institutions worldwide. Continuing an annual Cisco Live US tradition, two scholarships will be awarded to local Networking Academy students.

CISCO NETWORKING ACADEMY DREAM TEAM

Every year at Cisco Live, a team of Cisco Networking Academy students and instructors from across the United States and Canada are chosen to work alongside Cisco Network Operations Center (NOC) engineers to help set up and support the massive network that supports Cisco Live. The Networking Academy Dream Team is a diverse representation of the future workforce, including college students, military veterans, and career changers looking to expand their IT knowledge and demonstrate their skills in a fast-paced, real-world environment.

Learn more about the Dream Team

CISCO TACTICAL OPERATIONS

Cisco Tactical Operations (TacOps) is a highly skilled and dedicated team that can mobilize and respond to natural disasters and other catastrophes around the world when normal communications infrastructures have been degraded or destroyed. Trained to work in challenging environments, the team deploys the Cisco Network Emergency Response Vehicle (NERV), portable emergency communication kits, and other satellite-based communications equipment during the acute phase of an emergency to provide mission-critical connectivity, free of charge as part of Cisco’s Corporate Social Responsibility.

Learn more about TacOps

CISCO LIVE’S COMMITMENT

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

Cisco Live continues to focus on sustainable practices that maximize our ability to reduce, reuse and repurpose resources.

Some of the ways we support these values include:

  • Reduce energy consumption:  – utilize power over Ethernet in the Network Operations Center, use LED lighting throughout the event, and motion sensor lighting in the venues.
  • Minimize use of materials and paper: use bubblers and refillable water bottles, offer navigation and evaluations electronically, and minimal to no printed materials.
  • Minimize waste: use disposable, compostable, and recyclable cutlery and plates; compost food scraps, and donate unused food.
  • Donate show materials: décor, plants, backpacks, furniture, paper, office supplies, white boards, bike racks, etc. are donated to a local charity.
  • Reduce transportation emissions: use fuel-efficient diesel buses; participate in the GoZero program that plants trees to offset all Cisco Live 2020 shuttle bus CO2 emissions.  The GoZero initiative has restored more than 32,000 acres of forestland by planning more than 10 million trees.
  • Keeping it local: purchase food from local farms and suppliers within 150-mile radius, when possible.
  • Reuse signage: donate all signage materials to local schools for repurposing in art and theater productions.

MAKING AN IMPACT

SPECIAL #CISCOCHAT EPISODE

Tune into #CiscoChat May 30 at 10 a.m. PT / Noon CT / 1 p.m. ET to see a special episode featuring Cisco Live Social Impact activities.

Watch episode on May 30th
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