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Company: Cisco, San Jose, CA
Entry Submited By: Nadel Phelan, Inc.
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Nomination Category: New Product Awards & Product Management Categories
Nomination Sub Category: New Product or Service of the Year - Services

Nomination Title: Cisco Smart+Connected Communities Institute

    Tell the story about this nominated product or service (up to 500 words). Describe its function, features, benefits, and sales to date. You may include hyperlinks to product photos and data sheets. IMPORTANT: Begin each link with http://, and enclose each link in square brackets; for example, []:

        The Smart+Connected Communities (S+CC) Institute is a global nonprofit industry
initiative developed in partnership with Cisco, local governments, industry
players, academia, and nongovernmental organizations. The Smart+Connected
Communities Institute creates a virtual and physical forum to foster new
thinking and practices, to address the unprecedented challenges of urbanization,
and to focus on governance, information and communications technology and new
models of public-private partnership aimed at achieving economic, environmental
and social sustainability. The institute will create training and education
programs, and support collaboration, joint research, and knowledge sharing among
government leaders, urban planners, city managers, policymakers, developers,
industry players and leading experts and practitioners.

        The portal is complemented by leadership workshops and education programs
tailored to the needs of local communities. These programs enlist subject matter
experts from the public and private sectors, academia and NGOs to share
knowledge and experiences and provide training and education.

        As part of the Smart+Connected Communities Institute announcement, the community
portal of the institute was also launched. The community portal enables an
industry dialogue among government leaders, policymakers, city managers,
academicians, developers, technology providers and NGOs from all over the world.
Community members create professional networking profiles, collaborate with
industry peers, and gain access to global sustainable development content and

    List hyperlinks to any online news stories, press releases, product reviews, or other documents that support the claims made in the section above. IMPORTANT: Begin each link with http://, and enclose each link in square brackets; for example, []:

        Smart+Connected Communities Institute Launched at the World Expo 2010

        Smart+Connected Communities Institute

        Cisco unveils Smart+Connected Communities initiative

        Cisco CEO bullish on Mass. in Boston speech

    Provide a brief (up to 100 words) biography about the leader(s) of the team that developed this nominated product or service:

        Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn is Vice President and General Manager for Learning@Cisco,
an education services business focused on educating customers and partners as
well as providing education solutions. Learning@Cisco is an industry leader in
training and certification, and leads development of Cisco’s external
engineering community. The organization is widely recognized for creating
innovative education solutions using next generation technology to deliver
green, mobile and global education services like virtual classrooms, social
learning through the Cisco Learning Network and mobile learning. Jeanne is
responsible for the P&L, product and service development and delivery,
operations, marketing, the technical community, and support.