The Cisco Challenges

Become a Cisco Innovation Partner & tackle The Cisco Challenges

It’s no secret that at Cisco we like a challenge. Our innovation team spends every day taking on the biggest issues faced by the world of tomorrow.

But we know we can’t do it all on our own.

We’re always looking for ways to link great ideas with real-life, market-led requirements and revenue opportunities.

And at Cisco we’ve always recognised that it’s not possible to innovate entirely alone, or merely from the inside out. External stimulus is a must.

We want innovation to be something that people can see, touch, hear, and feel – both now, and in the future.

That’s where The Cisco Challenges come in.

This round of Challenges closes for entry on 8th of October 2018. Successful applicants will be contacted by Friday the 12th of October to attend our final selection on the 19th of October so add those dates to your diary!!

How does it work?

Check the Challenge and the closing date to avoid disappointment. Applications will be assessed by a group of subject matter experts relevant to the nature of the Challenge. Assessment will be based not only on the suitability of the response to the Challenge given, but also via a review of the respondent in terms of other factors – such as technical capability, business due diligence, and people and culture.

Those shortlisted from this initial process will then go on to present at a selection day. Judges? Cisco internal teams, customers, partners, and other ecosystem members – offering you the opportunity to showcase your idea to a wider group of stakeholders.

The judging panel will then convene and, within a week of the selection day, announce the winners who will be on-boarded to Cisco’s Innovation Partner Programme – ready to bring their bright ideas to life.

Who can apply?

We want to hear from everyone: established players and new disruptors alike. That means start-ups, entrepreneurs, scale-ups, corporates, social enterprises, academics, and students! Anybody with the capacity to help bring more innovation to the market.

Why apply?

As well as the obvious benefits of becoming part of Cisco’s Innovation Partner Programme, successful applicants will also gain access to a number of other benefits:

  • Virtual access to Cisco’s European Innovation Programme
  • Access to our Manchester or London Innovation centre
  • The opportunity to work with Cisco to develop new go-to-market solutions
  • Technical and business mentorship – including developer net tools, APIs and sandboxes
  • Invitations to participate at Cisco showcase events
  • Webex and Webex teams access for 12 months on us
  • The opportunity to showcase your ideas to Cisco customers and partners
  • The opportunity to tap into our Innovation industry partners such as EDF, UCL and MSP

Challenge 2

Connected Bees

Last year Cisco was instrumental in helping to create a fascinating solution to the decline of the honey bee in urban areas. We require further work, building on the current solution. Working together with the current team you will be enhancing and creating additional functionality. This is a bold and profoundly important challenge for our planet. Find out more...