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Working with others when you do not know them, their backgrounds and have never met

Today’s problems and issues are complex. To solve them we need to cross borders across professions, languages and cultures. There is no simple way. Technically this may seem easy. I agree. What many of us do not consider is that the users of technology are people. We need to work together!

Collaboration in a digital workplace requires us to learn how to work together without knowing what we understand with all our senses when we meet in person.

Developing ideas into solution requires critical thinking.

How do you tell someone that your idea, approach or solution might be a better choice without hurting this person’s feeling and then win them to build on existing ideas and knowledge together?

At the #3CityCreathon in Berlin, Bratislava and Rome participants were able to train this :

  • Selling your ideas in only 3 minutes – Elevator Pitches
  • Give feedback in a form that can be accepted
  • Digital communication between three cities

This combination between digital communication and analog collaboration developing an idea in teams is the digital workplace of the future present.

A perfect illustration for the eSkills conference in Bratislava where 200 policy makers, business leaders and experts discussed how digital technologies are transforming our lives at a pace never seen before.

Many thanks to all participants, organizers, decision makers, jury members, experts and our digital audience.

If the spark has reached you and you are eager to run a creathon or hackathon yourself, contact your local NetAcad contact.

Until next time

Inspirational Regards




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Crossing borders

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What does sitting in an IT Essentials Course for teachers have to do with crossing borders?

The participants are teachers from different subjects: English Language, Physics, Mathematics, Electronics.

It might sound strange and out of context for you. But technology is changing the way we live, work, play and learn. More so emerging technologies will continue to impact our societies and economies in more connected and profound ways. Therefore the need to change education is apparent: We need to teach the skills how to understand complex systems, identify the issues and adapt to changes.

It is becoming a requirement to

  • engage students in learning: by designing tasks where students can explore rather than consume
  • reflect requirements of future jobs: learn how to work together across domains and disciplines
  • integrate IT skills into everything we do: IT skills are needed in every sector of life.

The person who initiated and teachers the course:
Bo Lindborg, a highly competent and enthusiastic teacher from Thorildsplans Gymnasium in Stockholm.

Thanks a lot, Bo !


Thorildsplans Gymnasium Stockholm

Team Teaching


2nd Day @Hackathon Milan

Cisco IoE Hackathon, Day 2
— with Alexandru Radovici from Wyliodrin


Six teams of Italian students  comprise of designers, engineer and programmers accepted the challenge to build an IoE based solution addressing the challenges Education faces. Regular expert check-ins with professionals focusing on hardware, software, programming, business modelling and collaboration support the teams from the ideation phase to the prototyping and idea pitching tomorrow.

The Start of the IoE Hackthon was right after the ending of the Academy Day at the Cisco LIVE in Milan where almost 1500 students followed the agenda with the focus on

Imagination, Creativity and Innovation for a Better World
How the Internet of Everything can make the world a better place?

Netacad students can self-enrol to the Introduction to IoE course

Quite a challenge … but if it was so easy … that does not deter us.

High energy and motivation keeps us going!

We will keep you posted …


Introduction to IoE



Become a Networking Academy

The era of cybercrime

High Level Discussion at the 8. Cisco Public Service Talk 2014 in the Norwegian Embassy in Vienna

065jpg141120Ci_previewTogether with the Norwegian Ambassador Bente Angell- Hanson Cisco Austria invited 60 guests to the residence of the Ambassador to a top class expert discussion from industry, politics and education to discuss the current topic of

How can state, economy and society be protected in the era of cybercrime?

The panel

  • Knut Anders Moi – Director General for rescue and emergency planning at the Ministry of Justice and Public Security in Norway
  • Bente Angell-Hansen – Norwegian Ambassador
  • Corinna Milborn, Moderator from TV Station PULS 4
  • Johanna Mikl-Leitner – Austrian Federal Interior Ministry
  • Achim Kaspar – General Manager Cisco Austria

The discussion brought contributions looking at the topic from different angles. It became clear that a strong collaboration between state and industry is the cornerstone. Specialists for the Cyber Crime Competence Centers been built on national levels the Cisco Networking Academy plays a central role supporting educators with newest teaching and learning materials that are freely available on NetSpace – their platform being used in 165 countries around the world.

Ambassador Bente Angell-Hansen is convinced that Information and Education are essential for the fight against cyber crime because prevention can only be successful when the population is informed. The new NetAcad course “Introduction to Cybersecurity” aims at learners of all ages and levels with no prerequisite to open the door to this topic. A topic that central for a society demands to integrate as many women as possible which is our determination. We succeeded to show this intention with the composition of the panel.

“In the context of IT security the protection of civil rights is a major public debate in Norway.  It is a delicate matter, to find a balance, on the one hand to protect the society  against cyber crime, while respecting the rights of citizens.”

Bente Angell-Hansen, designed Norwegian ambassador


Pressemeldung Public Service Talk 2014 [in German]

Interested to join the Networking Academy Community?

The event will be covered in two Austrian newspapers: Format and Wirtschaftsblatt.

Networking Academy Program at Technical University of Kosice

Networking Academy Curricula Integration at Technical University of Kosice

University students interested in IT have a unique opportunity to put their time and power into a great blended learning networking academy program, powered by world’s technology leader in the field of computer networks. Department of the Computers and Informatics is proud to be part of this program. The Networking Academy curriculum offers a huge source of media rich information and through hands-on lab activities creates scenarios to learn everything you need to know to succeed as a networking professional.

TU Kosice 2About Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics

The FEEI has been one of the leaders in Slovak technical higher education consists of 9 departments, one specialized laboratory, a computing centre and Centre for Information Technologies. The Faculty is committed to provide its students with the best possible experience of education for their future career and leadership in their profession, for admission to advanced degree programs, and for lifelong learning. The faculty offers a wide variety of full-time and part-time courses, which are relevant to industry’s needs. Graduates leave our departments well equipped to meet the needs of industry and development/research institutions and get their jobs with ease. Present number of faculty staff members (2010) is 240 employees, among them: 21 professors, 47 associate professors, 95 assistant professors and 21 researches. The number of MSc. students is approximately 1500 and number of BSc. students is approximately 1000 every year.

Procedure of implementing Networking Academy at FEEI

In August 1999, FEEI signed the agreement with Cisco Systems and our academy has become first Regional Academy in Slovak and Czech Republic. First years of program demonstrated this program as very effective and perspective way how to teach new network professionals, but also showed the importance of highly qualified instructors and equipment. For this reason, the curricula’s of Networking Academy Program have become an integral part of study program “Informatics” at Department of Computers and Informatics (DCI). Great results were achieved by cooperation with Computer Networks Laboratory at DCI where researchers and instructors together are participating in development in the field of computer networks.
More information about this close cooperation is available at the CNL website.

Our Successes – The awards we have received in recent years:
Paris 2000, Copenhagen 2002 – Regional academy of the year in EMEA
Regional Academy of the year in Slovakia, 2002, 2004, 2007:
Project of the year Valencia, 2005

“We can state that the demand for new forms of education based on ICT is highly required in Slovakia. It is evident that the Networking Academy program is progressive educational initiative, which offers modern technologies to the Slovak educational system. The Technical University of Kosice highly appreciates their involvement into the Networking Academy program. The Networking Academy based education model is generally considered as a suitable model for blended learning education. In Slovakia it contributes to transformation of classical educational forms into a modern school of the third millennium. The Technical University of Kosice based on successful implementation of Networking Academy program is going to be representative sites for the introduction of blended-learning technologies based on multimedia elements applied not only for the academic sectors but also for the private one, too”.
Prof. Anton Cizmar, Vice Rector TU

Female Power – Girls in ICT Day in Cisco Vienna Office

24.4.2014, Cisco Office Vienna

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On Thursday there were considerably more female faces at the Cisco Office in Vienna than normally. We owed this to the Girls in ICT Day. All 18 registered young women came to our office in the Millenium Tower in Vienna. What are the areas discussed on such a Girls day? – take a look at

the Agenda

  • Presentation of Cisco incl. Q&A with Ulrike Egger and Clemens Geyer – guests of honor Cisco CEO Dr. Achim Kaspar and Vienna City Council member Mag.a (FH) Tanja Wehsely
  • Female power at Cisco – Career talk in telepresence format with Anna Gillitzer and Tanja Stengg from Amsterdam, Jutta Jerlich from Basel and Rosita Kashanipour from Prag
  • How does the Internet work? – Clemens Geyer
  • Professional Telepresence Demonstration with Markus Hatz, Anne Horve, Vemun Waksvik and Annemarie Hauge
  • Resume & Feedback

We were able to learn about following professional roles in Cisco:
Virtual Systems Engineer, Customer Account Manager, Partner Account Manager, Program Management Cisco Networking Academy, Associate Systems Engineer, Associate Sales Representatives, Supply Chain Assistant, Administrative Assistant

We want to thank all contributors for joining us on this day – together we can create more impact than on an individual basis. This is the philosophy and work culture at Cisco. One of the answers to many questions we received that day about how it is to work for Cisco.

We hope that we could give you insight into your possible future, inspire you and give you guidance for your upcoming career choices. Thank you for your nice feedback.


The Contributors:
Many thanks to Clemens Geyer for taking the lead, Anja Hörtner, Ulrike Egger, Markus Hatz, Anna Gillitzer, Tanja Stengg, Rosita Kashanipour, Martin Krejca, Anne Horve, Vemun Waksvik und Annemarie Hauge, Günter Herold for the great photos.

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Teaching IT Course in English or in a local language?

pitfaallsThe language of IT is English. If we want it or not, many IT terms are adopted into other languages as they are in English. Some words out of the IT world even are adopted as verbs in many languages. The most known example is: “to google”.

Nevertheless it can also make sense to translate learning material into a local language. It depends on the people who will use the teaching and learning material. The IT  Essentials Curriculum from the Cisco Networking Academy Program is such a case. The learning content would be useful to a broad audience in vocation and general education and the translation into the national language supports its dissemination among school types and levels.

Thanks to the association IT Bildungsnetz, we are happy to soon have a German version of the IT Essentials 5.0 curriculum.

We were just informed that the first six chapters are about to be finished. So you can all imagine what mammut task we are looking at

489.278 Words in 1.291 Documents

Huge Thank You ! We salute you ! Wow !!!

The contributors

  • BBS Lingen – Bernd Kelker
  • Berufskolleg für Gestaltung und Technik der Städteregion Aachen – Peter Schmücking
  • BZTG-Oldenburg – Bernd Janßen
  • Carlo-Schmid-Schule, Internationaler Bund – Karlsruhe – Herbert Pitz
  • Eduard-Spranger-Schule Freudenstadt – Oskar Fien
  • IT Bildungsnetz –Vanessa Verstegen-Häntsch, Tobias Koeppel, Veronika Lietz
  • Kompakt e.V., Kassel, Philip Schmidt
  • Medienpädagogisch-informationstechnischer Berater (MiB) für die Realschulen in Unterfranken,
    Bessenbach – Martin Römpp
  • Robert-Bosch-Schule Ulm– Joachim Pfister
  • Staatliche Technikerschule Berlin – Stefan Platzek
  • TA Weilburg – Rainer Weigel
  • TGBBZ Völkingen – Fabian Wuillemet
  • TGBBZ1 Saarbrücken – Siegfried Wenzler, Sarah Frank, Birgit Weyand

Special thanks to Oskar Fien, Peter Schmücking and Bernd Kelker, who worked on the translation of chapter 5 and 6 with their entire classes.

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