Beneath the slowly receding shadow of the worldwide disaster, the primary CCIE Get together in two years holds a particular significance. The CCIE Get together is a second when a few of the most devoted members of the Cisco group can come collectively and meet others who’ve strived in direction of equally lofty targets, 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 information we’ve acquired by means of years of working and finding out in IT. CCIEs who’ve attended Cisco Stay up to now know the way exhilarating the CCIE Get together could be. Positive it’s enjoyable, nevertheless it’s additionally like a household reunion, connecting and reuniting with individuals you’ve identified and grown with over time.
For this reason this Cisco Stay was so essential, to get again to that “in-person” connection and bond on a human degree.
CCIE Get together on the Brooklyn Bowl
Knowledgeable-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 method throughout the ground and thru my staff — and multiple thousand CCIEs.
Jugglers, contortionists, and stilt-walkers added to the joy, in fact. But regardless of the carnival environment, there was a palpable appreciation of seeing so many faces after so lengthy aside.
Attendees discovered time between the joy to catch up and revel in one another’s firm, regardless of the carnival environment.
And we stayed that method 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 neglect how highly effective
in-person connections and relationships could be.”
Hello, I’m CCIE #9305
That’s my CCIE quantity. All of the Cisco Stay CCIE Get together attendees wore ribbons displaying their respective CCIE numbers. Virtually all of us can let you know 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 information area that we are able to rattle off obscure information we’ve discovered over years of dedication. Being so invested in a subject could be, at occasions, lonely. The individuals we share our lives with are usually not at all times capable of perceive the passions that drive us to additional our information, expertise, and experience.
The Cisco Stay CCIE Get together offered a spot the place we might speak with others (as greatest we might over the music) who shared our ardour to develop the assist buildings that make development potential.
The chance to see buddies once more fostered electrical energy on the CCIE Get together. Attendees sought out individuals that they had final seen years earlier than to speak about what they’d achieved within the interim. Between the reunions have been new conferences, introductions handed between CCIE veterans and the individuals who had extra just lately earned their CCIE. Display screen names grew to become faces and voices because the camaraderie of people that had efficiently achieved their CCIE grew.
It’s been a number of days since coming 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 neglect how highly effective in-person connections and relationships could be.
However possibly extra essential this 12 months than ever earlier than, the CCIE Get together 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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