Last week, Cisco and Hershey Chocolate announced a joint project bringing elementary school students in America and Ghana together over video. Hershey brought the video conference to students in Hershey, PA and in Ghana – where many work in cocoa fields for the company. Hershey wanted to create a bridge between the two communities (and countries) and provide the opportunity for the children to enjoy the benefits of interacting with one another over video. It snowed in Hershey the day of the video conference, and the children in Ghana saw it snowing live over video and were absolutely delighted and overjoyed by the experience.
To make this all happen, Hershey needed Cisco’s expertise and technology to overcome several challenges to make their idea a reality. Electricity and internet availability were an issue in Ghana, where frequent and widespread outages are considered the norm – so Cisco installed a small generator in the school, as well as a microwave relay to extend bandwidth over the last mile from the town center to the schoolhouse.
This exercise proved to be a huge learning experience for all involved; students, teachers, community members, Cisco and Hershey. Kudos to Cisco CEO John Chambers, who often says that Cisco wants to change the way the world works, lives, plays, and learns. Projects such as these show that he puts his money where his mouth is.
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