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Cisco solutions help customers quickly connect virtually

Virtual meeting has always been important, but never more so than today. Cisco's team of DFW employees has jumped in, helping customers with board meetings, virtual learning and remote work, including K-12, cities/counties, higher ed and healthcare. Tech Titans board member, Hakim Mehmood, vice president with Cisco Systems, shared how his company is helping.
As the global workforce adjusts to working remotely, Cisco technology is securing more than 2.2 million people online, including those on the front lines of the crisis. Its video conferencing platform -- Webex --has facilitated virtual meetings for the French, Canadian, German and Colombian governments as they coordinate policy responses to manage the coronavirus crisis.
“Cisco must, and will, do even more to help others respond to this global pandemic,” he said.
Cisco has a free offer for all schools to start using their Webex platform to conduct online classes, along with offers for businesses to enable business continuity and work from home.
Another interesting element is helping with inmate protection, as well as with additional customers that are realizing they need a longer term solution than was originally planned.

On a larger scale, Cisco has given a $2 million cash grant to the United Nations Foundation's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, supporting the World Health Organization's (WHO) worldwide efforts to help prevent, detect, and manage the spread of COVID-19.

  • $210 million has gone to product to support healthcare, education and government response with critical technology (collaboration, security and Meraki equipment for China)

  • A $200,000 Cisco Foundation grant went to Comunita' di Sant'Egidio in Italy, to distribute meals and provide home care to people living in isolation and to help individuals experiencing homelessness.

  • A $200,000 Cisco Foundation grant went to Feeding America to support its COVID-19 Response Fund, which will help food banks across the country as they support communities impacted by the pandemic.

  • Up to $2 million in Cisco Foundation matching gifts to employee giving campaigns that support more than 50 nonprofits responding to the crisis globally - for up to $4 million in total giving. Cisco employees have already given more than $1 million to this campaign - for more than $2 million in total giving.

Here are other important ways the company is helping:

  • using 3D printers to print face shields for healthcare workers

  • sending DX80s to hospitals


  • In addition to what has been called out, supporting Destination: Home’s rapid response fund providing financial assistance and resources to those who would be at risk of homelessness due to COVID-19 related illness

Services / products

  • Webex: expanded capabilities on our free Webex offer in all countries where it is available, not only those impacted by COVID-19

  • Security: supporting customers with expansion of free security offerings, available from now until July 1, 2020

Cisco Umbrella, Duo Security, Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client
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Education related offers during CoVID:

  • through Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) program, providing funding for heads of state, government agencies, and businesses to rapidly deploy COVID-19-related technology solutions


  • AppD - COVID-19 Assist program

    • Get up to 100 free AppD SaaS licenses  (through July 15, 2020)

    • new Remote Assist Service - providing free 30-minute 1:1 meetings with technical consultant (through July 15, 2020)

    • Free access to Premium University content subscription (through May 31, 2020)

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