CISCO Industry 4.0

CISCO Industry 4.0

Cisco Networking Academy is a non-profit educational program that offers courses on digital skills, LMS platform and teachers professional development for educational institutions. Cisco will introduce within its Cisco Networking Academy Program a new series of courses enabling European students to acquire professional skills in Industry 4.0 area. The new courses will include:

  • Internet of Things (IoT) - Connecting Things
  • Big Data & Analytics
  • Hackathon Playbook for European education institutions. 
Last update: 08/08/2017
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Pledge Category

Digital skills for ICT professionals
Digital skills in education
Digital skills for labour force

Pledge's geographical scope

Time period

Start date: 01/04/2017
End date: 31/12/2019

Other Pledge details

Local/National scope: National
Public Funding: NO


Cisco is the worldwide leader in IT and networking.Cisco helps companies of all sizes transform how people connect, communicate, and collaborate.

Qualitative Impact

In the Industry 4.0 transformation, entirely new categories of jobs will emerge - most of these jobs will demand strong interdisciplinary skills, including deep knowledge about specific industry domains, new technologies, software and data skills, along with soft skills (e.g. leadership, communication, collaboration).

These new courses allow European students to be prepared for the digital transformation and have the right skills required for the next generation workforce.

Quantitative Impact

Indicator Description Target Status
People trained online / students Students will be trained by 2019 through new series of courses enabling European students to acquire professional skills in Industry 4.0 area 40,000 2275

Pledge progress

Evidence about progress

These three courses have been developed and published already on the official NetAcad platform under the group of the IoT Fundamental courses:

The IoT Fundamentals courses are focused on the main stages of digitization: 1) identifying and communicating a business or social problem; 2) designing and connecting IoT devices to interact with the physical world; 3) gathering, managing, and visualizing the data generated; and 4) presenting your IoT solution to a panel of experts.

The first course, Connecting Things, focuses on identifying, designing, prototyping, and presenting an IoT solution that securely solves a current business or social problem.

The Big Data & Analytics course builds on Connecting Things, teaching you how to collect, store, and visualize data obtained from IoT sensors. This course will develop the ability to extract data and use data analytics to gain insights, an extremely valuable skill to employers.
In the hackathon, the student will apply the multidisciplinary skills learned in Connecting Things and Big Data & Analytics to identify and solve a real-world problem.

All three courses have been released at the end of Q3 March/April 2017.


Milestone name Completion date Status
5,000 students trained (incremental) 31/12/2017 N/A
10,000 students trained (incremental) 31/12/2018 N/A
25,000 students trained (incremental) 31/12/2019 N/A