Cisco has partnered with Kiva on multiple initiatives, as part of our efforts to support entrepreneurs to start small businesses, and bank the unbanked. We have provided cash grant investments for early stage Kiva concepts which now are operating at scale, as well as donations of Cisco technology which Kiva uses to run their operations. Last year, Kiva facilitated support to nearly 1,000 small business owners across the U.S.
The future of engineering is strong at Cisco, and that was especially apparent to me during a recent visit to the Dubai Co-Innovation Centre where this eye-catching facility (like many of its global counterparts) offers an exciting incubation space to a number of emerging technologies.
MIND Research Institute’s mission is to ensure that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world’s most challenging problems. ST Math is a U.S. based, award-winning visual instructional program that includes more than 35,000 puzzles, with interactive representations of math topics that align to all state standards. With visual learning, there are no language barriers, so the program is accessible to all students, regardless of skill level or language background.
OmniVis developed a handheld, IoT device that detects cholera in water samples within 30 minutes of collection. Until now, that process took over a week. Shorter detection times can reduce illness and death from the disease. The biotechnology company was a second runner-up in the 2017 Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge. The challenge recognizes entrepreneurs who are using technology to address a social or environmental problem.
Remote collaboration technologies help Cisco and our clients reduce emissions from air travel and commuting. These technologies include Webex Teams, Cisco TelePresence, Cisco Webex, Cisco Unified Communications, and Cisco Jabber collaboration solutions. Beyond reducing emissions, these technologies also increase employee productivity, promote work-life balance, and help us build customer relationships.
We know that the most vulnerable populations are disproportionately affected by the economic impacts of global crises, and continue to be impacted after a crisis is over. Those who are unemployed or underemployed. Small business owners. Women. The poor. People who are un/underbanked. At Cisco, we bring to bear all our available resources – our funding, our technology, and our expertise – to support nonprofit organizations that have technology-based solutions to connect the unconnected and help people become economically self-sufficient.
With more students learning from home, it is even more crucial for teachers and parents to stay connected to each other. TalkingPoints has received cash grant support from the Cisco Foundation to develop its mobile platform that automatically translates messages between teachers and students’ families. Through the platform, teachers can interact with any family member in over 100 different languages.
In 2018, we announced goals to achieve 100 percent renewable energy, water neutrality, and zero waste by FY20 at Cisco’s campus in Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina. The campus’s proximity to leading research universities makes it an ideal testing ground for sustainable improvements within our real estate operations. Here’s how we made progress in FY19:
How Cisco is enabling its business and “work from home” in light of COVID-19
We are living in uncertain times with the recent threat of a global pandemic in our midst. Every business is struggling with how to keep their businesses running while keeping their employees and customers safe. Companies are putting in drastic measures such as canceling events, eliminating business travel and in-person meetings, and having employees work from home. Cisco is actively dealing with these topics, and I wanted to share some of the practices we are putting into place to address business continuity in the short and long term.
By Vicki Batka, Managing Director, Partner Organization, Asia Pacific and Japan
As we celebrate International Women’s Day, it’s time to take stock of what we are most passionate about as professional women. For me, as the leader of Cisco’s Partner Organization in APJC (Asia, Pacific, Japan and China), I am most passionate about Partners and the unique ways they bring Cisco’s technology to life for our customers.