Cisco Academy explores 'Internet of Things' at Tri-C conference
April 27, 2017
Last Thursday and Friday, Cuyahoga Community College hosted the Great Lakes Cisco Academy Regional Conference. The theme of the conference was the “Internet of Things” – a term designed to encapsulate the idea that the Internet is embedded in devices and objects all around us. Any device that sends, stores or receives data represents a touch point in the IoT.
During the conference, participants were able to receive hands-on experience with the IoT via a series of labs. Participants were given the opportunity to perform exercises related to the IoT, such as connecting circuits to an Arduino electronic prototyping platform and integrating a Raspberry Pi with the IoT. Activities also included cybersecurity, as lab participants worked with Python scripting in exercises related to packet sniffing, ARP poisoning and buffer overflow.
The conference featured speakers from around the country – including speakers from Cisco Systems, the Ohio Department of Education and other corporate leaders. Friday morning’s keynote speech was delivered by Greg Prynn, Cisco’s senior director of corporate affairs. In the speech “IoT: Connecting the Dots, Now and in The Future,” Prynn examined the implications of integrating billions of smart devices with an evolving infrastructure.
The conference’s roster of speakers included another special guest: author, Cisco engineer and guru Wendell Odom.
In addition to IoT and cybersecurity, the conference featured a range of other topics such as data center, scripting code, infrastructure protocols, MPLS, BGP and education.
Over its two-day span, attendees were enthusiastic, engaged and energized by the synergy of the conference, leaving with a better understanding of the IoT and many other topics that impact the technology space on a daily basis.
As the industry leader in networking technology, Cisco plays a crucial role in promoting the growing job market. For many years, the Cisco Networking Academy – which operates the Cisco Technical Training Institute at Tri-C -- has served the community and has excelled at preparing curriculum into the scope of leading edge innovation. Educators emphasize the urgent demands on technology infrastructure as the age of global digitization accelerates.