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What is PT?
These abbreviations … really hard for people who are not in this Techie World yet. It is just like a independent language, people you are new to this world just do not understand.
A shame because we actually need them in this world IT Skill Gap, and it will be hard to inspire people to open this door.
The Packet Tracer is such a door !
It is very easy to enter the world of Networking Technology – using the Packet Tracer 7.0 – and see your learning progress fast.
This format is for educators and learners.
Check it out.
Here is your invitation
One of the goals of our Learning R&D team is to do rapid experimentation, including research, in time bound projects. This is why we are launching the Packet Tracer Challenge on Facebook.
We have recognized the natural tendency and popularity of PT users posting their solutions in social media spaces and we’d like to support them and give this engagement visible to infect others to use PT 7.0 for their learning.
The challenge will run December 1-15 in English only and will be solely managed within Facebook.
I encourage you to join the page and review the solutions from students once they begin posting, and Like or Comment on any of the entries.
Special appreciation goes to Bob Schoenherr for his creative support and the entire team for inspiring experts to be our judges.
We look forward to researching the results of this experiment and how this drives motivation.
#CLEur #CLHackathon #benetacad @CiscoNetAcad
Last Advice from Marc & Eugene – Hackathon moderators
Speaking with Marc and Eugene just before the official start
Jutta: Marc, you and Eugene have a lot of Hackathon experience between the two of you already. Were they all the same or can you explain us what was different?
Eugene: Yes, we did Hackathons in Milan, Helsinki, Brussels, Hamburg. Every hackathon is different though – it is a one-of-a-kind event. The difference stems from the group of students you work with, the education system they come from, age difference, study focus. In some place participants worked more independently, in other there was more coaching from their instructor involved.
Marc: In Brussels for example, there was a large number of experts available and the participants were not only IT students but also came from business and design studies. This changes the dynamic a lot. A second point is that the theme varies because we want the theme to be locally significant which again influences everything.
Jutta: What would you say is the key element tell the participants to watch out for participants?
Marc and Eugene: Sure, here is our advice
- Collaboration is absolute key – not everybody knows everything but the knowledge of all people in the team is huge and will make the difference for your project
- Use your resources – the experts and the Internet are great resources for you whenever there is a questions
- The first idea is not always the best – look beyond the normal horizons and do not let your predefined thinking parameters limit your creativity
Be open to try a disruptive approach and follow hints from advisers and experts fostering thinking outside the box.
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A memorable week ahead …
Powerful. It is empowering to envision your future. It is on everyone to envision the future.
Why? Because we will regret, if we do NOT do it.
Here are the activities upcoming next week:
15. – 18. 2.2016
Starts Monday at 13:00 at OSZ IMT, Haarlemer Str. 23-27, 12359 Berlin-Neukölln
Young talents spend 3 days together creating, shaping, designing and prototyping ideas using IT skills and competencies to engage in creative problem solving for the future of our societies.
Keywords: Hack and Marathon = exploratory programming > Digitization Transforming Teaching and Learning
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#5 TechTalk // ReDI School of Digital Integration
How Cloud & Internet of Things is changing the world
From 16:00 to 19:00 at SCC Restaurant, Waldschulallee 45, 14055 Berlin
In cooperation with ReDI teaching coding skills to create job opportunities and economic empowerment for refugees: Introduction and Talent Scouting Event for Refugees from Cisco Experts
Keywords: IoT, Data Center, Cloud via Cisco Germany: Monique Morrow, Claus Schaale, Patrick Schmidt, Ken Owens
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8:30 – 18:15 at CityCube, Messedamm 22 (South entrance), Berlin – CL Plenary Session, Room A6
Leading innovators and Networking Academy partners talking about how technology changes the way we work, live, play and learn. Listen to the pitches of the Hack-a-thon teams presenting their prototypes of IoE solutions.
Keywords: Education, Future Skills, IoE via Cisco Networking Academy Germany: Carsten Johnson, Tobias Köppel
At and around Cisco Live – Cisco’s premier education and training destination for IT professionals worldwide
Messe Berlin GmbH, Messedamm 22 (South entrance), D-14055 Berlin
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Logbook: These are the last days before the NetAcad Hackathon from 15. – 17.2.2016 at OSZ IMT in Berlin
See the world as it can be … rather than as it is.
This is how you can describe the a Hackathon:
A group of young talents from OSZ IMT, G18 Hamburg and MMBbS Hannover decided to spend 3 days together to think about ideas and solutions, usually for a certain purposes, using their IT skills and competencies to create, shape, design and prototype solutions.
Guided by experts from diverse disciplines following stations are ahead
- Inspiration – brainstorming social challenges, identifying issues to solve
- Ideation – understanding the problem to address, modelling ideas in teams
- Consolidation – deep dive on the proposed solution with expert checkpoints
- Prototyping – implement, tinker, adapt
It is great to part of the process when a group of people with an open mind take on this journey with all its highs and lows. These will be 3 days you will never forget … the results are always amazing.
The ideas will be presented – pitched – in front of more than 700 people, the visitors at the Cisco Live Academy Day on the 18.2.2016 at the CityCube Berlin.
We are looking forward to the starting signal !
To be continued …
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Showing my highest respect for the achievement of the Trade39 WorldSkills participants in different cultural conventions … I lift my hat …. I bow … when I see the results of the Trade39 WorldSkills participants in Sao Paulo from Europe.
Huge Congratulations!!! I have the highest respect for all of your achievements in this very challenging global competition:
David Csongradi, Hungary
Pekka Tuukkanen, Finland
MEDAILLION for EXCELLENCE
Ponnudurai Thushjandan, Switzerland
Alexandre Etienne, France
Stamm Simon, Germany
Miller Richard, UK
Jonathan Linder, Liechtenstein
Rui Chaves, Portugal
Tanel Peep, Estonia
Adrian Flodell, Sweden
Johannes Pinger, Austria
Diego Soto, Spain
The Austrian Team >>
Johannes Pinger, is a student at the Cisco Academy HTL Wien Rennweg. His teacher, mentor and expert is Christian Schoendorfer, ASC, ITC, Instructor Trainer. Thank you very much Christian for driving the IT Education in and for Austria.
The Estonian Team >>
Tanel Peep works as vocational teacher at Viljandi Vocational Education Centre and also administrates the school IT. Expert Toivo Pärnpuu is IT Manager at Networking Academy Tallinn Polytechnic School
The Finish Team >>
Pekka Tuukkanen [about him in Finish] and expert Markus Lintuala who was a competitor in London 2011 and EuroSkills 2010 in Lisboa. First international expert experience in EuroSkills Lille competitions 2014.
The French Team
Alexandre Etienne and expert Benjamin Callar who was competitor in Worldskills Calgary, then a team leader for Euroskills 2010, Euroskills 2012 and Worldskills 2013.
The German Team >>
Simon Stamm is working at Leibniz University IT Services and will start an integrated degree program at TUI InfoTec GmbH as IT business engineer in August this year. Expert Almut Leykauff-Bothe is one of the few female instructors and long-term Cisco Academy partner in the Multi-Media Berufsbildende Schulen (MMBbS) in Hannover Germany.
The Hungarian Team >>
David Csongradi and expert Zoltán Sisák who is also Managing Director, Chairman of the Board for the HTTP Foundation, a very valuable and long term partner in the Cisco Networking Academy.
The Liechtenstein Team >>
The Portuguese Team >>
Rui Chaves is a student at Cisco Academy ENTA- Escola de Novas Tecnologias dos Açores. Expert Daniel Medeiros is Director of Operations for Globestar Systems and has his own consulting company. He is a dedicated Cisco Network Academy Instructor at ENTA and has been involved with Worldskills since 2009, was an expert in Calgary will be the Chief Expert for Euroskills competition that will happen in EuroSkills Gothenburg in Dec 2016.
The Swedish Team >>
Adrian Flodell is a Networking Academy Student from the Cisco Academy Katrineholms Tekniska College
Expert Andreas Strömgren competed at the WorldSkills 2007 in Shizuoka and already was the Swedish expert in Leipzig 2013. He and the Swedish competitor from Calgary 2009 run a small company together.
WorldSkills Chief Expert: Anders Lantz is also from Sweden
The Swiss Team >>
Stay tuned for
EuroSkills competition in Gothenburg in Dec 2016
From NetRiders participant to WorldSkills competitor to being an Expert in WorldSkills to starting your own company … one of the personal stories.
If you talk to someone who has been at one of the WorldSkills competitions, you will learn that their experience has effected their in a similar way. It affected mine.
Many of the competitors were Networking Academy Students or even NetRiders before, win the National Skills Competitions, represent their countries on a global level, become expert after that and continue to support the Skills competitions in the years after that. Here is one of many examples:
The Swedish Team
Adrian Flodell is a Networking Academy Student from Katrineholms Tekniska College
Andreas Strömgren competed at the WorldSkills 2007 in Shizuoka and already was the Swedish expert in Leipzig 2013.
NEW this Year
This year will be the largest competition ever, there are new technical description and a couple of new rules upon that. Many experienced experts will help the expert team to deal with all changes.
For the first time we are launching a pilot initiative to connect Cisco experts with competitors as they prepare for the competition in August.
Another new activity: a hackathon-style event where WorldSkills Champions and local technologists team up to solve real-world problems faced by Brazilian NGOs: 12-15 August, 2015 in São Paulo wsdc2015.worldskills.org
Cisco got really good learning materials for understanding Cisco’s devices and all the networking technology.
Tanel Pèep, Estonia
Stay tuned! More from and about WorldSkills competitors will follow ….
First NetRiders Winners in a new format
Last week we held the final round of the NetRiders CCNA competition for your region. This is the competition that awards the two Study Trip Prizes to Cisco HQ the week of 10-16 January, 2016. This year our Study Trip prize winners will be coming from Czech Republic and Slovakia. Congratulations !!!
1 Marek Suchanek – Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Information Technology, Czech Republic
2 Tomas Danis – SPŠ elektrotechnická S.A. Jedlika Nové Zámky, Slovakia
3 Nicola Buono – Accademia del Levante, Italy
4 Metodi Panayotov – Bulgarian Industrial Association-Union of the Bulgarian Business, Bulgaria
5 Corneliu Moglan – Telekom Foundation, Romania
Check out the full results on the NetRiders website.
As you know, we made some changes this year. We moved to a regional competition instead of individual country competitions and we changed the structure to Round 3 (which would have been the equivalent of the International NetRiders in past years). The twenty Round 3 competitors took a 60 minute, 100 question exam and also were sent a PT file with two challenges that they had to present on during a 15 minute WebEx session and then answer some questions from the judges.
I would like to thank judges Bob Schoenherr and Eugene Morozov who spent an entire day to judge the 20 WebEx sessions. This session tested both technical and soft skills. Europe, Russian Federation and CIS was the second region to try this new format and we were pleased with all the Round 3 competitors and their efforts.
A huge thank you to all participants for their efforts and time investment!
Congratulations to the winners!
Until next year
I am missing photos of our participants which we used to have with our prior NetRiders format when our participants were asked to come to specific locations, so I decided to post a photo of Tracy instead. She is the power behind the NetRiders competitions. Thank you Tracy for all the energy and time you invest every year!
Author: Lantz Anders, Sweden
WorldSkills Sâo Paulo 2015 is not far away, and as the Chief Expert it’s a lot to do all since the CPW (competition preparation week) in February.
This year we have a new Technical description and also the largest amount of competitor ever (36 countries), and also more than 20 new experts, so there is huge work for me as the ”Skill manager” for this event. I have to be sure that every single detail will be in place before all Experts meet and do the final preparation on place in Brazil one week before the competition starts.
To my help I have the Deputy Chief Expert, Doug Warden from Canada and also three module team leaders with their assistants, and also a couple of ”old” experts that have roles as ESR (Expert with Special Responsibilities). All preparations that’s done and will be done until Sâo Paulo is done via WorldSkills discussion forum, where all experts have access to a lot of different topics.
The competitors have the actual competition tasks for the three modules Linux, Windows and Cisco environments for training since May 14th and on site in Brazil we then have to apply at least 30% changes on them.
We also have a new module this year ”Troubleshooting and secret challenges” that will be held for all on the last day of the competition.
The tasks here will be totally blind for the competitors and 50% of this will be a secret challenge made in Packet Tracer by Cisco!
In Sâo Paulo the will have a Hackaton style challenge also … wsdc2015.worldskills.org
A hackathon-style event where WorldSkills Champions and local technologists team up to solve real-world problems faced by Brazilian NGOs.
Looking forward to seeing YOU involved ….
Most countries lack sufficient IT security professionals to protect their IT infrastructure. To help mitigate this problem, many of them setup national cyber security competitions for finding young cyber talents and for encouraging them to pursue a career in cyber security.
The European Cyber Security Challenge leverages these competitions with a pan European layer to them:
The top cyber talents from each country meet to network and collaborate and finally compete against each other
to determine which country has the best cyber talents.
To find out who’s countries team is the best, contestants have to solve security related tasks from domains such as web security, mobile security, crypto puzzles, reverse engineering and forensics and collect points for solving them.
The competition is organized jointly in collaboration with experienced organizations from EU Member States for students. The Organizing Committee of the 1st pan-European Cyber Security Challenge is composed of the following representatives:
- Cyber Security Challenge Germany Norbert Pohlmann
- Cyber Security Challenge Austria Joe Pichlmayr
- DefCamp Romania Andrei Avădănei
- INTECO Spain Raúl Riesco
- Cyber Security Challenge UK Okonweze Austen
- Swiss Cyber Storm Bernhard Tellenbach
- Demosthenes Ikonomou- ENISA and
- Rafael Tesoro-Carretero- EC DG CONNECT.
Who can participate?
Participants selected by their country’s organization responsible for running the ECSC qualification. In 2015, the following countries can assemble and send a team:
Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Romania, Spain and United Kingdom.
The selected participants should be the top participants from the national challenge and must meet the following criteria:
– They are between 14 and 30 years old
– They are a citizen of the county for which they participate or they live or study there
– They do not (yet) have a master degree or similar
– They do not have a higher education related to cyber security
(e.g., Certified Ethical Hacker, Bachelor in Forensics, …)
Team composition and categories
Teams consist of two (max. 3) coaches/staff members and a maximum of ten (10) contestants from two categories: Junior and Senior. The senior category might not contain more than five (5) members.
Junior: Between 14 and 20 years old
Senior: Between 20 and 30 years old
What are you waiting for?
Read all details about the European Challenge
Introduction to CyberSecurity Cisco Networking Academy