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!
Guest Author: Susanne Holmstedt
Visit to Cisco Dublin by students from SDE Denmark
The group of 22 students and three teachers visited Cisco on 7 May 2015 as a part of an excursion to Dublin to experience both work-related and cultural subjects. This visit was very interesting with a content that everybody, both students and teachers, experienced as educational and informative.
We were welcomed by Tom Long, who gave us a thorough description of the many, varied activities that Cisco is involved in. Tom told us about the development of IT, both with a historical perspective and about IT at the present and in the future. Tom involved the students in an active and constructive discussion where they were encouraged to offer their own views on the various elements. He asked the students about the type of education they were doing, and he elaborated on the qualifications that Cisco would expect from them if they applied for a job.
We had an exciting demonstration of the advanced online conference system that is employed by Cisco where dedicated employees in both Oslo, London and Galway managed to include our students in the demonstration and at the same time, answered their questions. In the first part of the demonstration we learned about some of the many possibilities that are found in such a system. We saw how such a system could detect who was talking, and how it was able to change focus through speech and facial recognition. We also had a demonstration of 3D graphics. A very informative and educational demonstration!
Tom also talked about The Internet of Things as an important element in the future of IT. At this moment it is not only computers and smartphones that can access the internet. The Intelligent City is expected to be integral to The Internet of Things. We were included in a video conference with Cisco in Galway where the development of the Intelligent City is an important task. We had a comprehensive idea of the possibilities and the technology that could be a part of IT in the future. The conference showed examples of both the hardware and the software that are necessary to collect, adapt and present data in connection with the Intelligent City. Also in this case, our students were invited to participate in a discussion with the Cisco employee in Galway and were able to present their points of view and ideas on the subjects for discussion.
We would like to express our thanks to all the staff members at Cisco that gave us their time and made this a unique experience for us as guests. We are very grateful for their kindness, and all of us will definitely remember this visit as inspirational.
We would especially like to thank Tom Long for his courtesy and ability to engage the students in an active discussion on IT-related subjects.
Thank you from all of us from SDE in Denmark
Syddansk Erhvervsskole Odense-Vejle
Based on the event report from Karen Silverton
Talent Connection Events are a great way to connect Cisco Partners with incredibly enthusiastic young job seekers, students or graduates from Cisco Networking Academies.
For Cisco Partners looking for IT Talents it is also a great possibility to discuss hires made the previous year and the positive results received. It is an opportunity to start building a talent pipeline. We are happy to hear about the appreciation to Cisco and Cisco Networking Academy for taking action in such a format.
Arie Van Duijn, Cisco Networking Academy Program Manager, is building the bridge to educators and their students from Networking Academies. Before the event the candidates were given the opportunity to prove their technical ability by doing a packet tracer on-line exam, using the same system used to identify NetRiders winners. The winner received training vouchers from Fast Lane, our Learning Partner.
The local partners that came to the event were:
BT, Proximus, Dimension Data, Fast Lane, Data Flow, Orange, Techdata, Devoteam, Cofely Quentris, NRB Demelenne, Spot IT and Cameo Global.
Some feedback from our partners:
- Dataflow : “We were really positive about the event, I’m sure we will hire some of the people that were present that day”
- BT : “I had great feedback around the organization from my colleagues! We are sill reviewing some CV’s and have identified 2 people who are invited for interviews”
- Cofely Quentris : “We have had good contacts with a few people who shall be further screened”
Our thanks for making this possible goes to: Ken Vanthielen, Arie Van Duijn, Karen Silverton
Contact us for more possibilities to connect you with new IT talents
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 ….
Thanks to everyone for coming to Stockholm. I really enjoyed meeting with all of you.
Thanks to our host Bosse and his team Helen and Hamada from Thorildsplans Gymnasium for all the energy they put into organizing and holding the conference.
Special applause goes to the 3 instructors who took part in the ITQ (results will be out in about a month only).
Future of Skills – Piotr Pluta, CSR Cisco Systems
Internet of Everything – Ulrika Van Helvoort Andersson, Cisco Systems Sweden
NetAcad in Nordics & Baltics – Karol Kniewald, CSR Cisco Systems
Expectations to Atea’s future employees – Bjorn Andersson Wallin, Cisco Gold Partner Atea
Best Practice Examples
> Students Motivation– Jelena Revzina
not fear the darkness – Ashraf Hamadi, Student at Thorildsplans Gymnasium
> Network Challenge – Joakim Wangborn, Malardalen University
> Crossing borders – Katja Mölsa, Thorildsplans Gymnasium
Technical Update – Eugene Mozorov, NetAcad Technical Manager
New NetAcad Courses Opening Doors – Jutta Jerlich, CSR Cisco Systems
Continuing after Networking Academy – Anders Oxelcrantz, Cisco Learning Partner Fastlane
Q&A – Jutta Jerlich, CSR Cisco Systems
Lets us know your feedback.
Looking forward to continuing the conversation with you …
Bosse Lindborg & Jutta Jerlich
Cisco and its partner BFE Oldenburg from Germany made a new course available on the learning platform of the Cisco Networking Academy:
The 80 hours learning material provides insights on smart grid technology and reflects the technical regulation in Germany.
The course is available in German language at the beginning. Every existing instructor on NetSpace has immediate access to the new course material. Instructor training is not mandatory.
Why do we need an intelligent grid system?
We are experiencing a transition in energy supply all over the globe. Renewable energy sources produce more and more of the electrical energy demand in many countries. When we use solar and wind energy, energy providers face a significant challenge: Fluctuating energy production with changing weather conditions.
Intelligence in the grid system can help to balance the ups and downs in energy production and consumption. What will be installed in many countries over the next decade is known as a smart grid.
Smart Grid is an Internet of Everything implementation in the energy sector
The smart grid system is a huge IT implementation program. While traditional meters were read out once a year, modern digital meters provide data every 5 minutes, every day, 12 months a year. Data about the actual household consumption and information about the grid situation has to be exchanged over an IP based network.
Electrical installers lack the competence to install a smart grid system
Traditional vocational education for electrical installers does not include competences to connect intelligent devices with the internet. But this is the qualification that millions of electrical installers all over the world will need in the next year.
Cisco and its partner BFE Oldenburg from Germany developed a course material that will help to close the skills gap in electrical engineering. We are convinced that this will support individual employability and will help to roll our an intelligent grid infrastructure.
Smart Grid Essentials provides competences to install smart electrical devices
The 80 hours course explains the functionality and required devices of a smart grid home system. Students will learn how to connect smart meters with a home area network (HAN) and integrating smart meter gateways in a wide area network (WAN). Instructors can expect detailed installation procedures for smart meter installation and security aspects of a smart grid system based on German technical regulations.