Grammy award-winning, Academy Award-nominated
Musician and Filmmaker, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Pharrell
Williams discusses role of tech in education and future of work
with Cisco CEO at Cisco LIVE
- Cisco partners with musician Pharrell
Williams' Non-Profit YELLOW to power an inclusive learning
experience at a school of the future.
- Cisco Chair and CEO Chuck
Robbins and Pharrell Williams
discuss empowering underserved historically marginalized youth with
the tools and education they need to succeed.
- YELLOWHAB, YELLOW's first microschool, will use Cisco's
technology including: The Webex Suite, Secure X, WiFi-6, Meraki,
data centers, and DNA Spaces.
- YELLOWHAB serves rising third, fourth and fifth graders tuition
VEGAS, June 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- CISCO
LIVE -- We don't know much about the workforce today's
10-year-olds will eventually enter; in fact, The Institute for the
Future reports 85% of the jobs today's students could apply for in
2030 don't even exist yet. But some things are certain—they will
need a solid education to be adaptable, creative, and tech fluent.
Driven by its mission to secure an inclusive future for all,
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is partnering with multiple Grammy
award-winning musician, producer, entrepreneur and philanthropist
Pharrell Williams to provide
technology centered around connectivity, collaboration and security
at Williams' school, YELLOWHAB.
Through YELLOW, Williams wants to "EVEN THE ODDS" for all
students to make sure the next generation has the tools and
resources they need to succeed, especially under-resourced youth.
To that end, he created YELLOWHAB, a microschool that gives
students an immersive learning experience based on skill, not
"This partnership between YELLOW and Cisco will take the
education of our students at YELLOWHAB to the next level," says
Pharrell Williams. "I look forward
to our youth experiencing education through Cisco's state of the
art technology which will continuously expand their lens of
possibility through which they see themselves, their community, and
Cisco Chair and CEO, Chuck
Robbins, ties YELLOW's mission to Cisco's company purpose:
"Cisco's purpose is to power an inclusive future for all, which
includes empowering future generations and making a positive impact
on communities around the world. It's critical that we work
together with local partners to ensure that today's youth learn and
realize their potential in a digital age. Everyone needs access to
experiential learning, and we're proud to work with Pharrell and
YELLOW to reach historically marginalized communities and close the
Named after Williams' non-profit, YELLOW, and "HAB" after their
space inspiration of a natural habitat where you learn and grow,
YELLOWHAB is located in Norfolk,
Virginia, offering small learning cohorts and personalized,
competency-based curriculum emphasizing entrepreneurship, arts,
culture, and STEM to encourage the skills and mindsets students
need to thrive in school and in their local community.
The school will use Cisco's technology including: The Webex
Suite, Secure X, WiFi-6, Meraki, data centers, and DNA Spaces. This
- Build a networking foundation to provide an inclusive and
hybrid learning environment
- Drive continued learning anywhere with online classes and video
office hours via Webex
- Protect student and educator personal information and data
- Keep kids connected when learning goes beyond the walls of the
- Help fuel innovative research and immersive collaboration
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YELLOW is built on the shoulders of From One Hand to Another (FOHTA), which was founded
by recording artist, producer, songwriter, philanthropist and
entrepreneur Pharrell Williams in
2008 to provide thousands of children across the US the opportunity
to attend STEAM-focused summer camps.
Launched in 2019, YELLOW is a non-profit with a mission to EVEN
THE ODDS through education, believing that the pull of gravity
should not change by zip code and every child deserves an equal
opportunity to thrive. YELLOW's ecosystem approach puts youth at
the center and surrounds them with the support they need to realize
their unique potential. Building upon Pharrell's longstanding
commitment to his community and education, YELLOW will work to
unlock possibility in our youth.
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