Leveraging Spark as an Intern, Startup Growth Hacker, Troublemaker & Son

Here is my story as to why Cisco Spark is not a tool only for companies and business professionals but everyone.

Cisco Spark was not a self-sought out discovery on the App Store. It was a mandatory tool we had to download as we began our internship. Being a long time avid user of Slack and other various IM tools, I was not receptive to adopt another one. For this reason, I created a Facebook group to ensure all the interns were able to stay in touch. However, 4 months later the Facebook group was a big joke, not used a single time at all, and here is why Cisco Spark has changed how I work, live, and play.

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Why is an internship at Cisco Canada awesome? You Get to Make a Meaningful Difference.

Chatting over coffee this morning, we realized sadly over Americanos that only 10 days remained in our Cisco internship experience. In a flurry of account planning, pivot tables and WebEx meetings, the entire four months had flown by. Although we’ve learned so much from the experience as sales interns, the access to education we’ve enabled in the community makes us most proud. Through a book drive benefitting the Children’s Book Bank and mentorship hours donated to Girls Learning Code, the Canadian intern team has left its impact this summer on the next generation of learners.

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Cisco IoE Innovation Centre Toronto: Building our Innovation HQ

The idea of thought leadership — putting forth new ways of thinking around how to leverage the connection of devices, machines, and things — will be a major focus at the Toronto IoE Innovation Centre. In general, Cisco IoE Innovation Centers help define relationships within the IoE ecosystem by way of increased and focused collaboration with academia, start-ups and partners and customers — serving as a catalyst for greater IoE adoption.

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The Journey to the Cloud

The Journey to the Cloud represents a transformational evolution in the IT industry. It is changing the way we all work and manage our systems, regardless of industry and size. Along with SaskTel, we would like to introduce our first coauthored blogging series discussing Cloud services. Stay tuned and hear from Cisco Canada and SaskTel industry leaders monthly.

In our first blog we interview Patrick Skinner, Technical Sales Consultant/Client Technology Manager, SaskTel and here is what he had to say about the journey to the Cloud…

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Kangaroo Farts and the Teachable Moment

Not only are they cute, but marsupials like kangaroos produce eco-friendly farts that intrigue scientists battling climate change.

Not only are they cute, but marsupials like kangaroos produce eco-friendly farts that intrigue scientists battling climate change.

Author:  Sabrina Greupner is the Ontario Science Centre’s Cisco Science Fellow for Innovative Learning Technologies. This is Cisco’s first museum-based fellowship.

As any adult who’s ever tried to hold the attention of a group of children knows, nothing can derail focus faster than a fart. One minute you’re discussing geography, and the next, it’s all about the groans and giggles.

When you’re connecting with students, you learn to roll with the olfactory punches, as it were. So, when the gas obviously passed in a Nunavut classroom during a recent Cisco Connected North telepresence session with the Ontario Science Centre, Educator Russell Zeid jumped on the chance to turn it into a teachable moment.  Continue reading

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Behind the TO2015 Games: Creating the Most Digital Games in History

This post is last in a series taking readers behind-the-scenes of how Cisco technology is powering the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

During these series we’ve taken you deep inside the technology powering the TO2015 Games, which ended this weekend with an incredible closing ceremony that Canadians will remember for years to come.

Our goal was to make these the most digital Games in history. I’m proud to say we did just that. Let’s look at the facts and figures.

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Behind the TO2015 Games: Facilitating Remote Media Interviews with Cisco TelePresence

This post is fifth in a series taking readers behind-the-scenes of how Cisco technology is powering the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

In our exclusive look at the technology behind the TO2015 Games, we’ve talked a lot about the technology fans will see and interact with this summer. But now I’d like to truly take you behind-the-scenes for a glimpse at technology only media will see during the Games.

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TO2015 Bronze Medalists from Argentina speak with media via Cisco TelePresence.

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Behind the TO2015 Games: Cisco Connected Healthcare Mobile Clinic

This post is fourth in a series taking readers behind-the-scenes of how Cisco technology is powering the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

When we talk about the TORONTO 2015 Games being the most digital in history, we mean it.  The technology solutions in place at the Games go far beyond wifi access points (although there are more than 2,000 of those) and fan access to video screens (although we have those too).

How far beyond? Well, we have lots of experience working with organizations to create technology solutions that meet the needs of their industry, and we knew that we could create a remote healthcare solution at these Games that was first of its kind.

A Telemedicine Cart from Cisco and Avizia is installed in the Emergency Room of the Medical Command Centre in the CIBC Athlete’s Village Polyclinic.

A Telemedicine Cart from Cisco and Avizia, as well as a Cisco SX20 video solution,  is installed in the Emergency Room of the Medical Command Centre in the CIBC Athlete’s Village Polyclinic.

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Behind the TO2015 Games: Cisco TelePresence Powers Virtual Help Desk

This post is third in a series taking readers behind-the-scenes of how Cisco technology is powering the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

For our next look behind the Games (see parts 1 and 2 in this series here and here) I wanted to highlight how we are using Cisco TelePresence video conferencing technology to provide fans with seamless, face-to-face, high-definition video interaction with a Games Expert.

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If you aren’t familiar with the technology, Cisco TelePresence is a high-definition video solution that is available in a variety of form factors – everything from an immersive room experience to personal video screens.

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Behind the TO2015 Games: Cisco I CAN Learn STEM & I CAN Develop Programs

This post is second in a series taking readers behind-the-scenes of how Cisco technology is powering the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

Although Cisco technology is powering the TO2015 Games, it is our people that are truly the driving force behind it.

But it may surprise you to know that not every technician and technology expert making these Games a success are Cisco or TO2015 employees. In fact, many of them are volunteers giving their own time for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

And of those volI Can Develop Studentsunteers are 350 incredibly talented, driven people that I’m proud to work beside. They are our Networking Academy instructors and students, working at 31 different venues during the Games including the Cisco Milton Pan Am/Parapan Am Velodrome, CIBC Hamilton Soccer stadium, Oshawa Sports Centre and – during the Parapan Am Games – the Whitby Abilities Centre.

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