Around Our Region

You’ll be amazed at some of the things we get involved in at Cisco. Here are just a few of the highlights from around our region.


Red Nose Day – Doing Something Funny for Money

Held every 2 years, and with the tagline “do something funny for money”, Comic Relief, now in its 25th year, raises funds to support charities in the UK and in Africa through Red Nose Day.

As part of the fundraising, Cisco got involved with many fun activities and collectively raised over £107,000. Activities included “gunging a leader”, “beating the Stig”, and the re-creation of classic British TV programmes including Blankety Blank and the X Factor.




Smart + Connected Communities

Cisco is presenting a new and innovative approach towards building more sustainable cities for the future. For this, The Emerging Solutions Advisory (ESA) group, a specialized global consultancy, was created to bridge the gap between architectural and ICT master planning. Using a structured methodology, smart services are first identified and prioritized for each customer. Then based on a set of best practices, the team develops a services strategy that includes the operating model and technical design as well as the business case that verifies the plan’s economic feasibility. A recent example of such an engagement is the Strijp-S project, a former industrial area in Eindhoven that is being re-developed.



A New Support Center

Cisco continuously evaluates potential sites for support operations around the world. The availability of educated talent and an excellent communications infrastructure were key to the decision to choose Krakow in Poland as the site for our newest support center, opened in 2012. This shared services support center is now supporting customers across the Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia (EMEAR) region. It will complement existing locations and will provide services across multiple functional groups including Cisco Services, Finance, Operations and others.





The Internet of Everything is Shaping Reality

Romanian start-up business i-Rewind, has connected cameras along a ski slope providing instantaneous video clips for skiers. Enabled by the Cisco Borderless Network Architecture, a high speed fibre-optic system gives skiers the ability to capture their performance on video directly to their Smartphone via a free I-Rewind app.






Bulgarian President Visits Cisco Headquarters in Silicon Valley

During his first official visit to the U.S., Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev visited Cisco’s corporate headquarters and met with John Chambers, chairman and CEO of Cisco. President Plevneliev and Mr. Chambers discussed the role technology and IT adoption can play in driving economic growth and competitiveness.

Cisco’s largest corporate social responsibility initiative, Cisco Networking Academy, has been active in Bulgaria since 1999 and there are currently more than 50 academies operating across the country.




More Smart+Connected Communities

Barcelona City Hall has launched a Virtual Citizen Services Centre, using Cisco TelePresence® and collaboration technologies to allow citizens to remotely carry out various administrative processes without needing to appear at local offices.

The initiative forms part of a comprehensive collaboration agreement between Cisco and Barcelona City Council, which includes a variety of strategic initiatives based on the Cisco Smart+Connected Communities™ (S+CC) platform to help transform Barcelona into a European model for urban innovation.




Cisco Networking Academy Opens New Opportunities for
Disabled Students

24 disabled students started their networking studies following the inauguration of a new Cisco Networking Academy at Addetur Foundation’s secondary school in Budapest.

“Addetur Foundation was established 18 years ago with the mission to support the integration of young people with disabilities and improve their employment prospects” said Gabriella Kekesne Czinderi, director of Addetur. “The fact that the networking academy curriculum can be accessed online is also a great help for our community”, she added.





Remote Villages Get Knowledge Boost

Cisco and several non-profit partners are establishing Community Knowledge Centers to give people in once-isolated communities the knowledge and skills they need to participate in the global economy.

Village Chief Alloyse Ongere, pictured a dynamic hub of information and services in his village of 20,000 citizens on the shores of Lake Victoria in Kenya. He knew that the people in his village were resourceful and eager to learn. They just needed the information and resources to get started.

He found a partner in his local member of parliament who introduced him to Cisco and its work with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).


Qatar University Utilises Cisco Jabber

Qatar University, located in Doha, has deployed Cisco Jabber to enable its 15,000 students, faculty and staff members to connect, communicate and collaborate from any workspace, whether a PC, Mac, iPad or mobile device.

Jabber facilitates access to presence, instant messaging (IM), voice, video, voice messaging, desktop sharing, and conferencing. By allowing users to see if and how other users are available, Jabber enables instantaneous collaboration using their preferred method.   



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