Cisco Ideathon 2023

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About Ideathon

The Cisco Ideathon is an opportunity for students with potential and creativity to be a part of Cisco’s technological innovations. It presents a competitive model to showcase original thinking and problem-solving aptitude using technologies like 5G, Internet of Things, networking infrastructure and collaboration to address global issues related to education, healthcare, water conservation, environment and sustainability. The program enables qualifiers of Ideathon to get an internship with full-time placement opportunities.

Contest Journey

Contest Details

Through the competitive process, the Cisco Ideathon ensures only the strongest project ideas that are adequately researched, well-thought through and rationally presented with supporting data-points, are selected. Sources and references taken must be acknowledged and listed.

How to Participate

Please ensure you fill the registration form on time. Incorrect or missing information can invalidate eligibility. 

Eligibility Criteria

Excellent opportunity for Cisco Networking Academy students in the final year. Click on the link below for details.

Judging Criteria

Push your boundaries. Click on the link below for details.


Cisco has the sole discretion to accept or reject any entry. Click on the link below for details

Frequently Asked Questions


  1. How do I register for the program?
    The registration links will be available at the bottom of the e-posters, sent through your respective Cisco Networking Academy affiliated colleges.
  2. What documents should I get to register for Cisco Ideathon?
    Documentary evidence of the eligibility criteria is all that is required.
  3. Is there a minimum CGPA cut-off?
    A CGPA of 6 and above in the last highest degree obtained.
  4. Do I need to register as part of college, or can I register as an individual?
    Please register as individuals only.
  5. How long will Cisco Ideathon challenge take?
    The Challenge is broken down into 2 phases, the first phase will be an online assessment which includes MCQ and coding for a duration of 90 mins. The shortlisted candidates will be given problem statements and given 1 week time to prepare an MS PowerPoint Presentation as a solution. During the second phase, candidates will have to present the PowerPoint Presentation prepared by them during the interview discussion.
  6. Will the results of the Cisco Ideathon affect any future chances of applying to Cisco? Can I still take part in a different hiring process by Cisco?
    Regardless of the outcome, all applicants can apply to any other open positions (current or future) at Cisco.

Online Assessment & Submission Details

  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 Powerpoint presentation submission. You may come prepared accordingly.
  2. What Desktop configuration and accessories are required for the online challenge?
    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.
  3. Can I use my phone for attempting the test?
    The test needs to be attempted only from a desktop or laptop.
  4. What will happen if my desktop breaks down during testing?
    Restart the test where the test was stopped within 20mins.
  5. If my desktop breaks down during testing, can I attempt the test later?
    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 coordinator.
  6. Whom do I contact in case of any issues on the day of the event?
    Call the support number displayed on the screen.


  1. Is this contest for internship only or is it for full-time placement as well?
    All selected candidates will be offered either a full-time job offer only or a Dual Offer (Internship position + pre-placement full time job offer).
  2. 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 program and your internship and the subsequent offer will be in the Customer Experience and Digital Enterprise Solutions, business units of Cisco.
  3. Do I need to have coding skills for this?
    Coding is an essential part of networking engineer’s skill set and will be a plus. However, coding is not required to attempt the Ideathon.
  4. 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.
  5. What will my job location be if I get offered a role in Cisco?
    Internship positions are based out of either Bangalore, Chennai, Gurgaon, Hyderabad,Mumbai & Pune.

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