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Welcome to Cisco Idea’thon

A Customer Experience Initiative

The  success of a technology breakthrough hinges on the strength and speed of a network built for the future.

Good ideas now have the ability to make a difference more quickly than ever before – and we’re here to bridge those ideas to its reality.

Between innovative ideas and reality, there is a Bridge.

The Cisco Idea’thon aims to recognize transformative ideas from as aspiring young talent who who believe they can make a difference.

Our edge doesn’t come from technology. It comes from our people

Simply because we offer on open and agile environment to explore your best ideas.

We love to bring in very talented folks from across the world.

Who work on diverse technologies like Intent Based Networking, Collaboration, Security, Data Centers and many more

A chance to experience Life@Cisco, a place we call home.

The Cisco Idea’thon aims to recognize transformative ideas from as aspiring young talent who who believe they can make a difference.

Contest Details

Phase 1

Round 1
  • Date: 23rd September 2019
  • Test Duration: 30mins, 10:00 to 17:00 hrs
  • Venue: Online..
  • Quiz questions mostly CCNA level & programming
  • Scheduled in 5 slots- zone wise

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Phase 2

Round 2A
  • Date: 24th to 29th September 2019
  • Final Submission: on or before 00:00 hours on 30th September 2019
  • Venue: Online..
  • Research and Solutioning
  • 90 sec Video Recording

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Round 2B
  • Date: 30th September 2019
  • Time: 10:00 to 11:00 hours
  • Venue: Online..
  • MCQ's based on problem Statement

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Eligibility Criteria

  • Open to Cisco Networking Academy Students only.
  • Preferred  degrees: BE/B.Tech, ME/M.Tech, Integrated Dual Degree, MCA, and MSc.
  • Should currently be in the final year (7th semester or above) of their academic program.
  • Should be available for. Internship between January  to June 2020
  • 7+ CGPA. (of last highest degree)
  • No. current backlogs or arrears.

Registration Information

  • The registration link is available as a QR code on the Cisco posters installed in Networking Academy affiliated or partner colleges and universities. Students can scan and access the form directly.
  • The last date to register is 15th September 2019.
  • All relevant information will be communicated to the colleges and universities through their respective Networking Academy partners.

Judging Criteria

Potential candidates who qualify Round 2 will be called for a written test and Interview by Cisco Systems from among all eligible submissions received based on the following judging criteria:

  • Originality
  • Ease of Implementation,
  • Presentation and
  • Eco Friendliness


  1. What are the topics required to prepare and study for this contest?
    The challenge content is mainly based on CCNA level questions. There will also be an open book test on the latest Industry technology advancements that will be in the form of a video recording submission. You may come prepared accordingly.
  2. How do I register for the program?
    The registration link is available as a QR code, at the bottom of the posters, installed in your respective Cisco Networking Academy partner colleges. They will also be sent as emailers.
  3. What documents should I get for this?
    Documentary evidence of the eligibility criteria is all that is required.
  4. Is there a minimum CGPA cut-off?
    A CGPA of 7 and above in the last highest degree obtained.
  5. Do I need to register as part of college or can I register as an individual?
    Please register as individuals only.
  6. Is this contest for internship only or is it full time placement as well?
    All selected candidates will be offered 6-months internship at Cisco, and be eligible for a full time job offer at Cisco. The job offer require fulfilling various performance criteria that will be set out in the internship offer.
  7. Do I need to having coding skills for this ?
    Coding is an essential part of networking engineers skill set and will definitely be a plus, however, coding is not required to attempt the Idea’thon.
  8. Whom do I contact in case of any issues on the day of the event?
    A WhatsApp number will be circulated later during the contest.
  9. Can you give me an idea of the kind of job I am applying for with this test?
    You will be competing for an internship as part of this Idea’thon and your internship and the subsequent offer will be in the Customer Experience Business unit of Cisco.
  10. What sort of salary are we looking at? What are the perks of joining?
    The compensation and benefits at Cisco are highly competitive. The details will be made available to you at the time of Internship and job offer.
  11. How long will this challenge take?
    The Challenge is broken down into 3 phases, the first phase will be Multiple Choice Question test which will be for a duration of 30 mins. The second phase which is the Idea’thon, will run for 4-5 days where you will be required to create a 90 sec innovative video on the given topic. Finally, on the last day of challenge you will be required to attempt another set of Multiple Choice Questions directly relating to the challenge that will be for a duration of 15 mins. The entire idea’thon event will run from 23rd September to 30th September
  12. What should be Desktop configuration and accessories requirement?
    • Desktop or laptop with Internet connectivity.
    • Web-proctoring will be enabled all the time during the contest, if the students move out of the window, the test will auto-submit, and you can potentially lose your opportunity.
    • Web-proctoring will be enabled all the time during the contest, if the students move out of the window, test will autosubmit, you will lose your opporunity
  13. Does this affect my chances of applying offline? Can I still take part in a different hiring process by Cisco if I take part in this one?
    Regardless of the outcome of the Idea'thon, candidates can always apply to any other open positions (current or future) at Cisco.
  14. What will my job location be if I get offered a role in Cisco?
    All of the positions are based out of Bangalore, India.
  15. What will happen if my desktop breaks down during testing?
    Please reach out to the Invigilator in such a scenario.
  16. Can i use my own phone for recording the video?
    Yes, your personal smartphone can be used for video recording.
  17. Can i use my phone for attempting the test?
    The test needs to be attempted only from a college-desktop or laptop
  18. If my desktop breaks down during testing, can I attempt the test at a later time?
    Yes, there will be an opportunity to reattempt the test in case of an irrecoverable equipment breakdown. This will need to be genuine circumstances that are validated by our testing platform and your college co-ordinator..


  1. Any attempt to obtain more than one submission by using multiple/different accounts, identities, registrations, logins, or any other methods will lead to disqualification.
  2. All idea submission entries will be reviewed by Cisco. Cisco has the sole discretion to accept or reject any entry.
  3. Cisco’s decision will be final.
  4. Your submission must be your own original work and should not contain any content that is obscene or offensive, violent, defamatory, disparaging or illegal, or that promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco or a particular political agenda, or that communicates messages that may reflect negatively on the goodwill of Cisco Systems.
  5. By submitting an entry, you grant Cisco an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide right and license to use, review, assess, test and otherwise analyze your submission and all its content in connection with this Contest and use your submission in any media whatsoever now known or later invented for any non-commercial or commercial purpose, including, but not limited to, the marketing, sale or promotion of Cisco products or services, without further permission from you. You will not receive any compensation or credit for use of your submission, other than what is described in these Official Rules.
  6. Personal data you provide while entering this Contest will be used by Cisco and/or its agents and partners acting on Cisco’s behalf only for the administration and operation of this Contest.