Building the Workforce of the Future with Cisco DevNet and NetAcad

Blog Post created by sspiva on Jan 6, 2017

What do Coffee, pizza and chatbots have to do with the Cisco Networking Academy?


Take a look at the 2017 Winter ICT Educators' Conference agenda to see the exciting ideas that were exchanged this week at Cisco Headquarters.




Cisco DevNet was pleased to welcome strategic partners in education, to explore how technology trends are shaping the worker of the future.  Instructors from many different Universities and Community Colleges gathered here this week to share knowledge and experience.


Krishan Veer, Adrian Iliesiu, Mike Maas, and Tessa Mero



Rick Tywoniak



Peter Coffee



There were six tracks of sessions, one being a workshop room. Topics included Cyber Security, Teaching Best Practices, Industry Partners, ICT Pathways, and Technical Topics. Educators teaching educators!


Our Cisco DevNet staff collaborated with instructors, to find ways to provide:

  • mentors for female students
  • resources for network academy instructors
  • curriculum for network engineers
  • up-to-date content in Programming, IoT, Network Security, and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)


To learn more about #DevNet's partnership with #NetAcad, reach out to Kirsten Kuehl, and make sure you've registered on