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NetRiders 2015 – in a new format

This year Cisco Networking Academy is running competitions in 7 regions  – all participating countries in the region register and then compete during the same dates in 2015:
Netriders Schedule2015

The majority of the questions at all three levels deal with technical skills but there will be some questions about Internet of Everything (IoE) and soft skills.

  • CCNA – geared toward CCNA certifications and open to students currently enrolled in or recently completed the 3rd or 4th CCNA course
  • CCENT – geared toward CCENT certifications and open to students currently enrolled in or recently completed the 1st or 2nd CCNA course
  • IT Essentials – geared toward the IT Essentials course and open to students currently enrolled in or recently completed the IT Essentials course

Competitors can register for one NetRiders competition during the open registration period and self-select the competition they choose to participate in based on eligibility requirements.

Get all details and go to registration

Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders IT skills competitions are a great opportunity for students and alumni to showcase their networking abilities, learn valuable new IT skills, and gain visibility among talent recruiters in the growing ICT and networking field.

Good Luck !!!


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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.

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Reported by: Bo Lindborg, Thorildsplans gymnasium

Euroskills Lille 2014

DSCN3637_smallEuroskills is a competition that is held every alternative year to the Worldskills. Whereas the latter is a competition for individuals, participants in the Euroskills compete in a team, adding another level of complexity to the matter. Communication has to work!

This posts is collecting impressions, thoughts and news Cisco Networking Academy Members participating in the skill ICT Specialists in Lille this year.


DSCN3643_smallThe Enterprise ICT Team challenge here in Lille has 8 teams this time:

  • Austria
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Latvia
  • Russia
  • Slovenia

The competition is a quite complex scenario with almost ”everything” in Networking including ASA, VoIP etc.

Thanks to all participants, experts and technical observers for the engagement and efforts.
All the best for the contestants !

Team Austria: Hartung Felix, Rieger David, Puschmann Alexander
with expert: DI Dr. Johann
Moitzi, School Center Ungargasse

Team Finland: Niklas Lindgren, Ville Vuorinen and Pekka Tuukkanen
with expert: Markus Lintuala

Expert Germany: Almut Leykauf-Bothe, MMBBS in Hannover

Chief Expert: J. Daniel Medeiros

Technical Observers: Lantz Anders, Sweden


Skills representation @Euroskills

Participating countries across all skills

Why competitions are key for learners?

Competitions are key

#skillsbern2014 #ictskillsch #NetAcad

What is the essence of competitions and how does it help learners?

Thanks to our guest author Bob Schoenherr


Competitions enable students to use their critical thinking skills to a much high level than in a normal classroom environment.  A competition is a way to introduce students to real stress that they may face in their future careers.  How we harness that stress and use it to our advantage is a true critical thinker.

Competitions help to narrow the scope of the critical thinking. What I mean is that when someone is learning critical thinking skills they need to eliminate distractions that will keep them from putting all their ideas together.

NetRiders is an excellent example of eliminating distractions because the competition is based on a known theme, CCNA networking. This allows the student to prepare for the competition with a known range of skills and ideas.  Once you confident in these ideas you are ready to test them in a way that is more challenging than just an exam or lab assignment.

In a competition you are comparing your ability to use what concepts have been learned during a discovery based evaluation of your skills that includes critical thinking.  When you know the answer immediately it motivates you to continue in the competition and builds your confidence.  When you struggle with an answer is when you really learn more about your ability to piece items together, this starts the critical thinking cycle.

Those that perform best in a competition don’t know all the answers but can use their thinking process to get the best answer for what they know and are confident that the answer will be correct.

Visit us at the Swiss Skills 2014 in Bern!

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Dual thinkers highly in demand

Business and ITToday Europe has 274.000 open ICT jobs to be filled. In 2015 this number will have grown to 509.000. This is the estimation of more than 300 topic experts.

Why is this important?       The transition of our society into a knowledge-based and innovation-driven digital economy is the requirement for Europe to sustain its economies in international competition. The capability of European enterprises to compete and innovate is becoming increasingly dependent on the strategic and efficient use of new information and communication technologies. ICT jobs are the focus point and metric for capturing this development.

The special search light is on dual thinkers: Business and IT – Business Architects.

The e-Skills Manifest and many additional documents for understanding this context can be found at eskills2013.eu. The official press release of the conference “European e-Skills 2013 Conference” organized for the European Commission on 10. December 2013 in Brüssels summarizes the skills gap and ranks the European member states regarding their efforts of the government to improve the situation regarding ICT skills.


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