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.

Why did we bring in students to support these Games? Why trust troubleshooting to a high school student, or the network to a first-year college student? Because this is the best learning environment these students will ever have, period. And every moment of what they do is under the supervision of their instructors and experienced Cisco and TO2015 engineers.

These are also some of the best and brightest minds across the GTA, who have taken computer science and networking classes, earned designations and are on their way to a career in technology. And every day they are learning so much about networking and technology, and gaining the soft skills – the people skills – they need to be successful in their careers.

We didn’t want our role these Games to only be about technology. We wanted to leave a legacy for the City of Toronto and the GTA. For me, that meant instilling a passion for technology inside the students of our region. We are doing it with high school and post-secondary students through this program, which we named Cisco’s I CAN Develop program, and we are also doing it for 120,000 Grade 7 students across Ontario through our I CAN Learn STEM program (which you can read more about here).

You can also read our other posts on Cisco’s I CAN Develop program here and here.

If you’re attending the Games this summer, snap a photo of our Networking Academy students in action and share your experience with us using #CiscoTO2015.

About Jeff Seifert

As Chief Technology Officer for Cisco Canada, Jeff Seifert provides technical guidance and direction in key advanced and emerging technologies and go-to-market strategies. His work with many governments, enterprise and service provider customers in Canada and globally is influencing how Cisco brings products to market. During the past sixteen years at Cisco, Jeff has been involved in the successful introduction of many new technologies from the early days of the Internet, through the first deployments of VoIP and IP Telephony through to new transformational video solutions. Through this time he has worked to ensure that Canadian customer requirements are reflected in the products and architectures that Cisco brings to market. He shares a passion with organizations that wish to improve the lives of citizens whether it be serving rural Canadians, using technology to improve healthcare or enhancing education. Seifert was appointed a Distinguished Systems Engineer, Cisco's highest technical distinction, in August 2003. As an individual who represents the pinnacle of Cisco's technical and sales expertise, he is responsible for transforming customer demand into innovative solutions that companies can utilize in an effective and efficient manner. Prior to joining Cisco in 1995, he held financial, management, and technical positions at Bell Canada, Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), and IBM Canada. Seifert has achieved double CCIE certification, including Routing & Switching CCIE in 1996 and Voice CCIE in 2003. He holds a Bachelor in Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto.
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3 Responses to Behind the TO2015 Games: Cisco I CAN Learn STEM & I CAN Develop Programs

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