Beneath 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 few of the most devoted members of the Cisco neighborhood 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 Reside previously understand how exhilarating the CCIE Celebration could be. Positive it’s enjoyable, nevertheless it’s additionally like a household reunion, connecting and reuniting with folks you’ve identified and grown with through the years.
For this reason this Cisco Reside was so essential, to get again to that “in-person” connection and bond on a human degree.
CCIE Celebration on the Brooklyn Bowl
Skilled-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 visitors stuffed the ground and mingled whereas a DJ spun 90s throwback music. A cavalcade of circus-like sights wound its approach throughout the ground and thru my group — and multiple thousand CCIEs.
Jugglers, contortionists, and stilt-walkers added to the thrill, after all. 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 thrill to catch up and luxuriate in one another’s firm, regardless of the carnival environment.
And we stayed that approach 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 simple to overlook how highly effective
in-person connections and relationships could be.”
Hello, I’m CCIE #9305
That’s my CCIE quantity. All of the Cisco Reside CCIE Celebration attendees wore ribbons displaying their respective CCIE numbers. Virtually all of us can inform you our CCIE quantity with out fascinated by it. These numbers are badges of honor amongst folks within the know.
We’re nerds; folks invested so profoundly in our information area that we are able to rattle off obscure details we’ve realized over years of dedication. Being so invested in a subject could be, at occasions, lonely. The folks we share our lives with usually are not all the time capable of perceive the passions that drive us to additional our information, expertise, and experience.
The Cisco Reside CCIE Celebration supplied a spot the place we may discuss with others (as greatest we may over the music) who shared our ardour to develop the assist constructions that make development doable.
The chance to see pals once more fostered electrical energy on the CCIE Celebration. Attendees sought out folks that they had 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 not too long ago 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 Reside in Las Vegas. I nonetheless can not 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 simple to overlook how highly effective in-person connections and relationships could be.
However perhaps extra essential this yr 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 may be part of us subsequent time.
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