Below the slowly receding shadow of the worldwide disaster, the primary CCIE Celebration in two years holds a particular significance. The CCIE Celebration is a second when a number of the most devoted members of the Cisco neighborhood can come collectively and meet others who’ve strived in direction of equally lofty objectives, absent the affect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For a lot of CCIEs, the relationships we foster with different CCIEs are as highly effective because the data we’ve acquired by means of years of working and finding out in IT. CCIEs who’ve attended Cisco Stay previously know the way exhilarating the CCIE Celebration may be. Certain it’s enjoyable, however it’s additionally like a household reunion, connecting and reuniting with individuals you’ve identified and grown with through the years.
This is the reason this Cisco Stay was so necessary, to get again to that “in-person” connection and bond on a human degree.
CCIE Celebration on the Brooklyn Bowl
Professional-level Cisco Licensed people flooded the Brooklyn Bowl, a luxurious bowling alley on the Las Vegas strip. The Brooklyn Bowl advertises a “VIP vortex of alluring beats, eclectic eats, and bang-up bowling.”
It delivered. CCIEs and their company crammed the ground and mingled whereas a DJ spun 90s throwback music. A cavalcade of circus-like sights wound its manner throughout the ground and thru my crew — and a couple of thousand CCIEs.
Jugglers, contortionists, and stilt-walkers added to the joy, in fact. But regardless of the carnival ambiance, there was a palpable appreciation of seeing so many faces after so lengthy aside.
Attendees discovered time between the joy to catch up and luxuriate in one another’s firm, regardless of the carnival ambiance.
And we stayed that manner till the lights got here again up.
“In a world the place video conferencing, digital studying, and hybrid work
are the brand new regular, it’s straightforward to overlook how highly effective
in-person connections and relationships may be.”
Hello, I’m CCIE #9305
That’s my CCIE quantity. All of the Cisco Stay CCIE Celebration attendees wore ribbons displaying their respective CCIE numbers. Nearly all of us can inform you our CCIE quantity with out occupied with it. These numbers are badges of honor amongst individuals within the know.
We’re nerds; individuals invested so profoundly in our data area that we are able to rattle off obscure info we’ve realized over years of dedication. Being so invested in a subject may be, at occasions, lonely. The individuals we share our lives with usually are not at all times capable of perceive the passions that drive us to additional our data, expertise, and experience.
The Cisco Stay CCIE Celebration supplied a spot the place we might discuss with others (as greatest we might over the music) who shared our ardour to broaden the assist constructions that make progress attainable.
The chance to see buddies once more fostered electrical energy on the CCIE Celebration. Attendees sought out individuals they’d final seen years earlier than to speak about what they’d completed within the interim. Between the reunions had been new conferences, introductions handed between CCIE veterans and the individuals who had extra just lately earned their CCIE. Display screen names turned faces and voices because the camaraderie of people that had efficiently achieved their CCIE grew.
It’s been a number of days since getting back from Cisco Stay in Las Vegas. I nonetheless can’t recover from the excitement of seeing everybody in individual after a two-year hiatus. In a world the place video conferencing, digital studying, and hybrid work are the brand new regular, it’s straightforward to overlook how highly effective in-person connections and relationships may be.
However possibly extra necessary this 12 months than ever earlier than, the CCIE Celebration was an opportunity to reunite with the CCIE household, smile, and say, “it’s nice to see you once more.”
I hope you’ll be able to be part of us subsequent time.
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