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Cisco Innovate Everywhere Challenge

How Cisco ignited a company-wide startup culture using the ITONICS Innovation OS.

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"Using a collaborative platform, we were able to implement the Innovate Everywhere Challenge as an integral part of our innovation management and engage a world-wide community to team up and innovate together. We achieved a Cisco-wide cultural change and created an interconnected network of innovators."
Alex Goryachev, Director of Innovation Strategy, Cisco
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Disrupt or be disrupted

Technological change, societal demands, hyper-competition, and the digital transformation of the economy have increased the pressure upon companies to shift from incremental innovation to disruptive and strategic innovation:

Today it is all about disrupting or being disrupted!

Cisco Innovate Everywhere Challenge

Innovation at Cisco

Cisco exemplifies a company who continues to disrupt its marketplace. In 2015, Cisco kicked-off its first and unique company-wide Innovate Everywhere Challenge. The goal: drive disruptive thinking, capture game-changing innovation opportunities, and enhance employee collaboration across all functions.

Supported by the ITONICS Innovation OS, the Innovate Everywhere Challenge is now a best practice for innovation management at Cisco.

  • Innovation = Cisco’s DNA
  • Innovation is the job of every employee. It transcends traditional business unit silos.
  • The annual Innovate Everywhere Challenge calls out to all 74,000 Cisco full-time employees to "Team up, Disrupt, and Innovate".


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A company-wide innovation challenge on a digital platform

The Innovate Everywhere Challenge consisted of four phases over an eight-month period - powered by the ITONICS Innovation OS.

  • 36,600 employees from 89 countries submitted more than 769 ventures.
  • The ventures addressed Cisco's key markets, new technologies, and business models.
  • A quality gate and self-assessment helped progress the best ideas.
  • The winning teams received $25,000 in seed funding and an additional $25,000 in team recognition.
  • The innovation program was awarded with the Innovation Leader’s Impact 2018 Award.


About Cisco

Cisco is a global market leader in the IT and technology sector. Founded in San Francisco in 1984, this company today has a global headcount of more than 74,000 employees working at more than 380 locations. Cisco constantly seeks to transform how people connect, communicate and collaborate.

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