Technology is rapidly changing the world of work, our local communities, and our daily lives. Everyone should be able to participate in this transformation. We are crafting new corporate social responsibility initiatives that address global problems, support innovative ideas, and enable opportunity for all in our increasingly digital world.
Over the past two decades, we built Cisco Networking Academy into an award-winning education and career-building program, opening doors for people around the world.
As we look toward the next 20 years, we’re coming up with new ways to inspire today’s digital natives to become tomorrow’s global problem solvers. We’re investing in entrepreneurs and early-stage start-ups that harness technology for social good. We partner with nonprofits that use technology to transform lives and scale their impact. And we collaborate with public universities to advance their communities through the power of digitization.
With digitization and the Internet of Things (IoT), good ideas can make a difference more quickly than ever before. They can drive economic development and help people solve some of our most pressing social and environmental challenges.
In 2015, we made a commitment to positively impact 1 billion people worldwide by 2025 through our CSR work. To do this, we empower the most creative problem solvers to harness digital technologies in innovative ways.
Through socioeconomic research, we better understand how technology will transform business and effective ways to address skills gaps and minimize displacement.
We collaborate with educational institutions and others to empower people of all ages to be global problem solvers who can drive and thrive in an increasingly digital world.
We seek out and support entrepreneurial thinkers so they can start new businesses, invent new approaches, and develop effective solutions leveraging technology.
We provide early-stage funding for nonprofits whose work has life-changing potential and can benefit underserved people worldwide because of technology.
We don’t design our programs in a vacuum. Rigorous socioeconomic research informs all our work.
Where will the next great idea come from? Our global competition for students and recent grads awards $300K in prizes for technology that solves social problems.