THE WORLDWIDE LEADER “CISCO” is a US-based multinational technology conglomerate headquartered in San Jose, California that develops, manufactures and sells networking hardware, telecommunications equipment and other technology services and products. Cisco Systems shipped its first product in 1986 and is now a multi-national corporation, with over 35,000 employees in more than 115 countries.
Today, Cisco solutions are the networking foundations for service providers, small to medium business and enterprise customers which include corporations, government agencies, utilities and educational institutions.
In collaboration with the Nasscom Foundation, Cisco will set up a network of ‘Cisco thingQbator’ labs in five academic institutions in India, aimed at enhancing digital skills development and entrepreneurship among the student community. Setting up of an Internet of Things (IoT) maker spaces or innovation labs will enable students to get hands-on with technology and conceive digital solutions to solve local problems.
With the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) labs, the world is getting more and more connected. The IoT touches everything: from large-scale industries and businesses down to the everyday lives of individuals. The Cisco Internet of Things (IoT) certifications and training are job role-based programs designed to help meet the growing need for specialized talent. This education portfolio provides Internet Protocol (IP) networking expertise, with a focus in automation, manufacturing and energy and future expansion to include equally transformative industries.
In Cisco India Summit 2018, Cisco Senior Vice President (IT) and CIO (International) V C Gopalratnam said, ” the five academic institutions chosen for setting up these ‘thingQbator’ maker spaces are Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, (IIITMK), Kerala, IIT-BHU Varanasi, Amrita University Coimbatore, Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women- Delhi and Trident Academy of Technology Bhubaneswar. ”
He added, “the company is undertaking various initiatives and programmes in the country that will “positively impact 50 million beneficiaries in India by 2025. This goal is aligned with Cisco’s global vision of impacting 1 billion lives worldwide by 2025 through digital solutions.”
Gopalratnam added. “We are also supporting N/Core, an incubator for social sector startups, to launch N/Core tech – an exclusive track focussed on incubating early-stage non-profits that leverage digital technology to positively impact society,”.
N/Core tech will primarily focus on incubating companies that are developing solutions in the areas of critical human needs, education, and economic empowerment, he added.
“Cisco will support up to 20 organizations during the first year in two cohorts. Each selected startup will receive an innovation grant of Rs 10 lakh. In addition, the startup will have access to a set of mentors and technology experts from Cisco along with N/Core partners,” he explained.
Over 10,000 people in India are engaged with the government and community organizations in the country in various areas like education, economic empowerment, and environmental sustainability. Cisco’s networking solutions connect people, computing devices, and computer networks, allowing people to access or transfer information without regard to differences in time, place or type of computer system.