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You have 200 volunteers

… how would you solve your problem?

whatsapp-image-2016-10-17-at-18-35-11It is not an easy task to collect ideas, from the best to the worst ideas … brainstorming is not simple.

It is really important to go for quantities of ideas first. There are about 3000 raw ideas needed to get one successful product or service.

Tomorrow at about 11:00 the idea pitching to the jury sitting in our three locations Berlin, Bratislava and Rome is on the agenda.

We are inviting everyone to join us in this connect moment and share their thoughts, ideas and questions you might have.

Feel free to forward the invitation to your network – your neighbour, your family, your friends, your colleagues … and of course, your mailman.

We support the cultural change digital transformation is driving and want to make sure that sustainability and social benefit for all parts of our society are always part of the plan.

Join us online





@CiscoNetAcad #CiscoCreathon #3CityCreathon

@Cisco_Germany @CiscoItalia @CiscoSlovakia

#DigitalTransformation #Digitalisierung #IoT

@eskills4jobs @DigitalSkillsEU @eskills4jobsDE @DIGITALEUROPE


Reduced to the Max

Day 1 #Netacad Instructor Hackathon at the#openBerlin IoT center

IMG-20160506-WA0015The key qualifications for starting your career are not so easily defined any more as it used to be.
Sounds like a platitude. If you take the time to think, how our life today looks like compared to 20 years ago … it becomes quite clear that our society faces a huge unprecedented challenge.

Our reality changes to fast, affecting all generations. It has become almost impossible to stay on top of the information tsunami.

It is the task of our education systems, to prepare the future generations to enter their work life, for a future that we do not fully know yet.

How do you do this?


A Hackathon … a teaching and learning format that opens the door for understanding digital value creation processes, showcases the technology behind it and inspires everyone to be part of the solution.

Organizing and running a hackathon is quite complex and extensive. The best way to  learn how is always to experience it yourself.

Today the FIRST #hackathon for teachers / professors / instructors/ #educators started in Berlin.

This very condensed day took us through 3 (of the 5) hackathon phases:

Inspiration phase – Ideation phase – Consolidation Phase

It is not so easy to decide and choose which idea to work on or problem to solve.
We argued, discussed, asked experts, looked at our ideas from all different angles and viewpoints … do we have a project now?


The NetAcad Hackathon Team

Carsten, Jutta, Nico and Tobias


#openberlin #DigitalTransformation
@Cisco_Germany @CiscoNetAcad

Wanted: Global Problem Solvers

Academy Day at Cisco Live in Berlin

Life is not the number of days you lived, it is the number of days you remember ...

This is definitely a day to remember for students and educators, full of inspiring tech talks, examples to learn from, star wars, smart city solutions, understanding the skills needed for tackling the huge issues of our societies.

Invent the future certificates reDi school award

The presentations included:

Dive into DevNet
Brett Tiller, DevNet Team, Cisco

Education the Future Problem Solver
Harbrinder Kang, Vice President Corporate Affairs, Cisco

Skills Demand in an IoE Economy
Karsten Simons, Regional Manager CSR, Cisco

Rapid Prototyping with Partners – openBerlin Innovation Platform
Dimitar Vasilijew, Technical Manager openBerlin, Cisco

IoE Hackathons in NetAcad
Marc Khayat, Technical Manager, Cisco

Digital Living in Urban Areas – IoE Hackathon
Eugene Morozov, Technical Manager, Cisco

Teaching Coding Skills to Create Job Opportunities and Economic Empowerment for Refugees
Anne Kjaer Riechert, ReDI School, co-founder

Network Security – Fear the Invisible
Ashraf Hamadi, NetAcad Student Västerås, Sweden

Hackathon Pitches from the winning teams NetAcad Student Hackathon Teams from Brussels and Berlin

Closing the Skills Gap – NetAcad IoE Offers
Carsten Johnson, CSR Territory Manager, Cisco

We felt the great spirit and connection in the room throughout the entire day. Not only there. It was also evident in our digital extension in social media.

Thanks to everyone who contributed, shared and liked !

potpourri@MarcKhayat, @corenix, @vikasjee, @Kolipips, @ptbxbln, @VirginieSmans, @opnbrln_csco, @carsjohn @jsbond, @zhenya_morozov, @yroosel, @JDelillaz, @Jonimon_LoL, @yroosel, @kasimons, @lullionline, @harbrinder, @iotcoi, @brauchekontext, @CMW_Elendil


A POTPOURRI of your messages:

“Holistic education and training will be the key to plant a global problem solving strategy”

“ReDI School provides refugees a coworking space and mentorship to get them job read”

“Seliro is a quiet impressive idea from Brussels”

“Star Wars at the #CLAcademyDay. This Day is just great!”

“Change is the only constant”

“There’s no innovation without great people”

“What is needed to be the Heros of our time, uouooooo!.”

“If you haven’t started yet the Internet of Things, start now!”

“A hackathon can result on a social startup”

“You need broad skills to solve overwhelming global problems”

“Don’t overthink, and start now!”

“If you do nothing, others will do it. Don’t be afraid and give it a try!”


Many thanks to all of you, celebrate the day and get home safely

The Cisco Live Academy Team

Carsten, Jutta, Nico und Tobias


Further Resources

8 jobs every company will be hiring for by 2020
Why we need a digital Agenda
A Generation of problem solvers @ World Economic Forum
Infographic Global Problem Solver
First Refugee Response Center
Cisco White Paper: Global Problem Solver


All messages on Twitter #CLAcademyDay

The three largest Networking Academies in Germany

@CiscoLiveEurope #CLEur #loveopenberlin #Odisee #DigitalTransformation #AlleHelfenJetzt @eskills4jobs @eskillsgrowthEU #DigitalVenice @CiscoEMEAR @Cisco_Germany @CiscoNetAcad

The last days before the NetAcad Hackathon in Berlin

#CLEur #CLHackathon #netacad

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 !


Inspiration needed?
IoE Creathon Riga – parallel to the “eSkills for Jobs” Conference
Hackathon Milan – @ Cisco Live Milan
OSZ IMT logo

To be continued  …

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Preparations for WorldSkills in 36 Countries

Author: Lantz Anders, Sweden

Anders LantzWorldSkills 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.

More about Worldskills at www.worldskills.org
and the upcoming competition at www.worldskillssaopaulo2015.com/en/

Looking forward to seeing YOU involved ….

We did it again!

Datum: 2014-03-21
Tid: 09.00 – 15.00
Plats: Sal Omega, Mälardalens högskola Vasteras

Network Challenge 2Thorildsplans gymnasium CA won Network Challenge for the third time. This year Grillska gymnasiet succeeded to take second place. Our two teams came home with gold and bronze medal. Christopher Maxwell TE12D and Nhan Sundstrom TE13D won the gold and Gustav Young TE12E and Axel Kennedal TE12E won bronze.

After the first race both of our teams were first with a score of 100 points each. Grillska gymnasium best team had 80 points.

In the second round Grillska managed to win over our second team.

Network Challenge is a competition in network technology held by Mälardalen University. Participants come from Cisco Networking Academies connected to Malardalen University ASC. The competition is held once a year.

The competition

The first part consisted of participants configuring routers and switches. The task was to do basic configuration and routing protocols.

In the second part, it was troubleshooting. The teams were given a pre-configured networks with multiple errors.

Network Challenge3   Network Challenge4   Network Challenge5

Reported by: Bo Lindborg, Thorildsplans gymnasium

You can change the world – Join us !

Russian IoE creathon ot idei k realnosti

Latvian IoE creathon no idejas lidz realitatei


We are going through one of the most incredible times for technology and innovation in History!

Experts predict that the emerging technologies of the Internet Of Everything (IoE) “will have five to 10 times more impact than the whole Internet revolution has been”. [J.C. Chamber, Cisco CEO]

How will you use it to have a positive impact on society?

To learn more about the IoE we invite you to join our online course introducing the IoE and to attend two live training sessions prior the IoE Creathon!

Are you ready for this big opportunity?

Join us for the first IoE Creathon for Social Good organized on March 12th & 13th 2015 by Cisco in collaboration with LIKTA, Riga Technical University and MakeSense, organized in parallel to the eSkills Conference.

What’s for the winners?

If your team is selected by the jury you will win a trip to Germany and go through a special visit of openBerlin IoE Innovation Center. You will also have the chance to present your business idea during the eSkills for Jobs high-level Conference before an audience of Government representatives, non-profit and business leaders.

There are always more steps to take … build on this experience, live your dream and start your own business!

The number of participants is limited, register now!

Happy to answer your question? Reach me at jjerlich(at)cisco.com


Read about the Hackathon Experience

Why every developer should attend a hackathon?


Assessments or Possibility to check their own learning

Our youth on the way into their future

The discussion about missing experts in IT and other industries which requires a STEM education just does not stop. If you participate in the discussion about the attractiveness of professions to our youth, you will start reflecting about abilities, competencies and skills and their importance as a result of the learning process.

Depending on if you are

  • educator
  • parent
  • learner
  • administrator
  • political stakeholder,

the goals and requirements look completely different. If you think about this topic in detail, it becomes clear very fast that it is a very complex topic.

Everyone of us knows exams and tests as a measure for performance evaluation, in written form or in form of project work. Everyone of us has his or her own experience, as pupil, student or educator: we all have our opinion and views about it. At the end a diploma, a university degree, a certification or accreditation should be the result of an education or training. They open doors for their holders and are sort of an entry ticket for a community, a circle of expert or an entire ecosystem.

A different view

As an educator I often witness a phenomenon that knowledge disappears as soon as the knowledge became part of the individual knowledge base. To make this knowledge visible for the person, tests can be used in a self controlling or self reflective way.

The first point of the “Tips for new teaching staff” from an Australian University starts with

—- Assessment should help students to learn —-

This underlines that a “check your own knowledge” function is aiming at exactly this goal.



“In my CCNA courses I use the assessments in the following way: they are compulsory to be done at home supporting their learning process. I do not check the results or assess their performance with them, there is no connection to their grades. They can do the chapter tests as many times as they want, make a competition out of it or work in groups.

The learners should get the possibility to check their own learning – with this taking part of the responsibility for their learning success. This builds trust in their own competencies and motivates them to continue learning.

Another huge advantage is that they can get to know the type of questions and tasks asked in a standardized industry certification.

An additional motivation is the voucher they can get for the Cisco Certification Exam when they reach 75% at the end assessment.”

Thanks to Daniel Jossen for sharing his experience on how he is using assessments in his teaching
Networking Academy Alumni and Instructor in the Switzerland

Standardized tests are part of our life, increasingly so as they help to make education across different countries comparable. They are an instrument favored by politicians and businesses.

At the same time the educational settings and rules of the game are changing dramatically. New forms of teaching and learning appear on the market: tandem learning platforms, MOOCs and other learning platforms are freely accessible and learning partnerships step into a traditional teacher role.

Wie schätzen Sie diese Entwicklungen ein?

How do you see these developments?
How do you use assessments in the Cisco Networking Academy Courses?

Looking forward to your feedback …



A school that does not require the person to have a degree or any other kind of school certificate is Ecole 42. The founder Nicolas Sadirac says “that a school should not deliver a diploma but a profession”. [in French]

Education Scotland has a great collection about principles of assessment and the role of Role of ICT in learning

Tips for new teaching staff” from an Australian University

Getting deeper into the question What does Research say about Assessment?

Stanford University Professor Linda Darling-Hammond discusses what the United States can learn from high-achieving countries on teaching, learning, and assessment — from Finland to Singapore.

Most important resource of the future: Enthusiasm and Skills

#skillsbern2014 #ictskillsch #NetAcad

The futere of our nations is depending on our young talents.

The Swiss Skills 2014 in Bern showed that the most important resource of the future is found in Switzerland. With the support of numerous companies, professional federations, experts and the families of the participants. A indescribable feeling to have been there.  Gratulation!

The Winners

Check out the winners in Trade 39, videos from the competion and fotos from the SwissSkills Bern 2014

Cisco and the Cisco Networking Academy live at the Swiss Skills

A few highlights from the last four intensive days in Bern

„How does the Internet work“
Marco Fahrni, Dominik Hetzer
The Internet explained for people of all ages by Cisco Systems Engineers

“It was explained in such a way that even the youngest of our visitors could understand.”


Demo Projekt Jukebox: How can a Jukebox be implemented with technology of today?
Patrick Winter, Fabian Terranova, Tiago Pinheiro Vocational students from the BBB Baden

“We presented our project to different people, sometimes very simple and sometimes more detailed so that the respective audience could understand based on the knowledge they had. This lead to the fact that we did not have a fixed presentation showing the way from A to B but we adapted to our audience on the fly.”


Career talk with the  Swiss Skills Winners 2012, World Skills Trade 39 Participant Switzerland & Expert in Leipzig 2013
Talking to Lukas Hubschmid, Danny Meier, Pascal Knecht

“Interview at the Berufswahlradio – made by young people for young people: You two went to the World Championship of professions. How was it and what was the name of your profession again? Can you explain what Networking Technology means?”


Expert Talk: Cyber Security
Michi Hostettler, Valentin Zahnd, Bernhard Tellenbach, Fabian Terranova, Tiago Pinheiro
Swiss Cyber Security Challenge
What does Social Engineering or Reverse Engineering mean and what does it have to do with Security? We understood that it is necessary to understand how hackers think to be able to build the best defense against threats into our solutions.

“I learned the most in the security discussion round with the president of the Swiss Cyberstorm Organization, two Security Challenge Finalists and the Cisco-Team. The discussion topics were very interesting and lead me to further reflection. “

Expert Talk: Cooles IT Handicrafts. What is the IoE? What is a Raspberry Pi?
Peter Broger, Networking Academy Instructor aus Bregenz, Landesschulrat Vorarlberg, Fabian Terranova, Tiago Pinheiro

“The Raspberry Pi is a vool box. You can build your own systems with it. There is a large community out there where people exchange examples with manuals on how to build them. Using this in the classroom is ideal. “

If you ever have the possibility to visit a Skills Competition anywhere on this globe, please do so. You will meet the most engaged and committed people with enthusiasm and skills – whatever they might do – who can inspire you with all their positive energy.

A huge THANK YOU to all who made our presence there possible:

Cisco Projekt Team: Matthias Wick, Jutta Jerlich, Eveline Trinkler, Marco Fahrni, Dominik Hetzer
Cisco Stand Team: Nadine Amrein, Christine Leuthold, Noemi Thum, Martin Broneske, Sung-Ah Jung, Florian Deragisch, Andres Moser, Stephanie Schläpfer
Cisco Schweiz: CEO Chris Martin
BBB Baden: Hanspeter Vogt, Pascal Knecht, Patrick Winter, Fabian Terranova, Tiago Pinheiro
Swiss Cyber Storm: Michi Hostettler, Valentin Zahnd, Bernhard Tellenbach

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A Century-old question: Measuring Learning

The controversy about assessments

Towards the Future

Towards the Future

Lately there are lots of discussions on different levels of society about the lack of skills in IT and other industries requiring a STEM education. Taking part in this discussion will definitely lead you to think about abilities, competences and skills as a result of learning.

Depending your role or standpoint as a

  • parent or student,
  • teacher,
  • administrator for an educational institution,
  • policy maker

you will have different goals and requirements that need to be fulfilled. After a short thinking break, it will become quite clear that measuring learning is a rather complex area.

Everyone of us knows that tests and quizzes are used to measure student learning, in the form of written examinations and increasingly project work. We all experienced this at some point in our lives, as a student and/or teacher. Ultimately assessment leads to a diploma, a degree, a certification or accreditation. All of them open doors for the holder, doors into a community, field of expertise or ecosystem.

Another way of looking at assessments

During my lectures I witness students feeling that their knowledge disappears as soon as it was acquired. To make knowledge visible for the learner, assessments can create the necessary self-awareness. As the first line in a list of “Tips for new teaching staff” from an Australian University reads

—- Assessment should help students to learn —-

a “check your own knowledge” feature in a course rather than a skill assessment would serve the purpose.

daniel_300This is the approach taken by the Daniel Jossen
Cisco Networking Academy Instructor at several academies in Switzerland

“I use assessments and chapter exams in my CCNA courses in the following way: They are an obligatory part of the course and have to be done by students on their own time after class. I do not evaluate them as part of their grade. They can do the assessments as many times as they want. 

I think that the use of the tests as a self assessment tool gives them the control of their learning process which builds their confidence and motivation.

It also allows them to get familiar with the exam format and type of questions used in such kind of standardized  assessments towards a industry certification. It is an additional motivation for the students, if they can pass the final course exam with the  required 75% to receive the student voucher for a Cisco Certification at less cost.”

At this moment in time it seems that we can not yet do without standardized and multiple choice tests. But the rules of education are changing tremendously with all the new forms of learning appearing on the markets, as for examples MOOCs, skills sharing platforms and tandem learning partnerships that replace the teacher function with peer support.

What is your approach?
How do you use the assessments in the Networking Academy courses?

Looking forward to discussing with you …



A school that does not require the person to have a degree or any other kind of school certificate is Ecole 42. The founder Nicolas Sadirac says “that a school should not deliver a diploma but a profession”. [in French]

Education Scotland has a great collection about principles of assessment and the role of Role of ICT in learning

Getting deeper into the question What does Research say about Assessment?

Stanford University Professor Linda Darling-Hammond discusses what the United States can learn from high-achieving countries on teaching, learning, and assessment — from Finland to Singapore.

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