Cisco hosts telepresence call between UAE students and Kenyan counterparts

The CSR initiative aims to inspire the next generation towards careers in technology.

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Cisco hosts telepresence call between UAE students and Kenyan counterparts More than 140 students were given the opportunity to engage their counterparts across continents, sharing personal experiences and utilising the latest technology.
By  Alexander Sophoclis Pieri Published  July 4, 2016

Technology firm Cisco recently hosted a telepresence session between students from Jebel Ali School in Dubai, and students from the Makini School in Nairobi, Kenya.

More than 140 students were given the opportunity to engage their counterparts across continents, sharing personal experiences and utilising the latest technology.

Cisco's initiative is aimed at promoting the utilisation of technology amongst the youth, encouraging young talent to consider careers in technology.

Commenting on the initiative, Den Sullivan, head of Software, Cisco EMEAR, shared: "By hosting students that are continents apart in our offices for the day, our aim is to inspire eager young minds and illustrate the power of technology and connectivity. 

"It's incredible to see the kind of ideas this generation is able to come up with once you spur their imagination and open their eyes to the possibilities. It was exciting to hear how they view IoT from unconventional, fresh perspectives."

As part of the experience, students were engaged in interactive learning sessions that delved into the impact of technologies such as Internet-of-Things (IoT). They were then connected through Cisco's telepresence video technology to their counterparts.

Jennifer Foote, teacher at Jebel Ali School, shared: "Today's session really left an impression on the students as it allowed them to share their experiences and culture with others thousands of miles away. It was like a school trip to Kenya, and then we're back by lunch!

"Technology is transforming our lives across so many domains and we as educators are constantly searching for new, impactful ways to inject inspiration into the curriculum. Cisco has been really supportive in helping us develop creative approaches to learning, particularly when it comes to getting students interested in technology," added Foote.

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