by Charu Adesnik, Deputy Director, Cisco Foundation
As Deputy Director of the Cisco Foundation, I am fortunate to be at the center of investing our technology, expertise, and cash grants to empower global problem solvers that make a positive impact on our world. Last year alone, our investments in innovative digital solutions positively impacted 154 million people in some of the most economically underserved parts of the world. We are committed to positively impacting 1 billion people by 2025 and have reached 232 million people to date.
by Harbrinder Kang, Senior Director, Corporate Affairs
Innovative ideas are everywhere, from Silicon Valley’s corporate offices to dorm rooms across the United States. They can be small or large; local or global; old or new. Incubators, classrooms, and garages around the world house what could be the “next big thing.”
But without an initial investment to fund the design — and the ability to scale — many of these products and solutions never become a reality.
Our world is more connected than ever before, and these connections are increasing. Research predicts that 500 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2030. Explosive growth and innovations, including augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things (IoT) are also transforming our global landscape in unprecedented ways.
With this huge potential for change comes the need to shape the future responsibly.
When you have strong technology skills you can take control of your life and make a career out of solving problems.
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Add problem-solving savvy to technology skills, and anything is possible. Own your own businesses, develop a life-saving product, travel the world. Here are a few jobs that require these skills, and can get you out of the cubicle, into the world, and feeling good about what you do for a living.
The Pan American Games are a big event: 31 sporting venues, 364 medal events, 7,000 athletes, 1 million tickets sold, 650 hours of online coverage, and 23,000 volunteers. To connect the games to the world, technology-sponsor Cisco tapped local Cisco Networking Academies to build the technology to power the game.
To prepare for CCNA certification Nurayy Guerler, 32, studied networking hardware with her hands at SFZ Förderzentrum Academy in Chemnitz, Germany, a vocational training center for people with visual impairments. Though Nuray is legally blind, she is now a successful IT trainer at an engineering office.
Kwame Ohemeng and Zoe Rose did not expect to become IT networking professionals. Yet, they both went from being IT tinkerers to working side-by-side with Cisco engineers to build a massive network for Cisco Live as members of the Networking Academy Dream Team.
Our annual Corporate Social Responsibility report reflects our efforts to inspire and connect people. We invest in opportunities that accelerate global problem solving. We seek to empower people everywhere to address critical challenges like poverty, unemployment, climate change, hunger, and more.