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Cisco places focus on Internet of Things for graduates

Published: Thursday, 25 February 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

The concept of embedding real-life objects (including the likes of tools, vehicles and buildings) with technology and wiring them up to the Internet, is quickly becoming a central facet of today's world.

From mobile phones with apps that enable you to turn your heating on from a far to toothbrushes that can tell you how well you are brushing your teeth, it's clear to see, more and more of our every day objects are becoming tech savvy.

This was why Cisco focused on the Switch-Up Challenge in mid-February, designed to get teams of undergraduates to think about the ways that the Internet of Things can benefit lives and the workplace.

As pioneers of networking technology, it comes as little surprise that Cisco launched the competition that focuses on UK university students, setting them a number of tasks, including using creative mechanisms to overcome social and environmental issues.

A knowledge of these areas is likely to become increasingly important in the future as technological advancements are made.

The winners, who go by the name of Imperialists SK, were three first-year students from Imperial College London, who are studying Masters in computing, electronic and information engineering and biomedical engineering respectively.

Their project was named 'Wells' and comprised of two components: an app for the smartphone and a ‘smart cap’, which is said to fit any standard plastic bottle. The Wells app has been designed to help individuals keep an eye on their water intake.

The runner-up was Creative Innovators of the Empire, and in third place, the University of Bath’s Gorgon.

Chief Executive of Cisco Systems UK & Ireland, Phil Smith, said he was “blown away” by the standards of the entries.

Martin Ferianc, a member of the winning team 'Imperialists SK', was extremely pleased with the triumph. He explained that CISCO had helped to inspire them to present their idea and that the positive feedback they received persuaded them to enter the competition.

The project had benefits for the group too, as they were able to develop real-world project management skills, all while having fun, Martin explained. 

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