When it was announced that London, not Paris - as was widely expected - had won the right to host the 2012 Olympic Games, many said it was the UK's focus on legacy that helped the city achieve victory.
The UK would use the Games as a means to encourage a generation of youngsters to pursue sport. A mix of stadia - sports, swimming, cycling - would be left behind for future generations that would help restore and rejuvenate the rundown areas of East London.
Sponsors of the event have since been influenced by this focus on the legacy of the 2012 Games. Some sponsors have looked beyond a sporting legacy to also focus on the importance of education, particularly in the areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
One such sponsor is Cisco. V3 has partnered with Cisco in the final months prior to the Olympics to analyse how the event will impact the IT sector. Now, while we take a look at this area of the Olympics' legacy, it is Cisco itself that takes some of the spotlight.
Cisco is set to relocate nearly a third of the infrastructure it installs at Olympics' venues to both new and existing network academies in the area to provide training for the next generation of network engineers.
This will involve the creation of 30 new academies, across the six Olympic boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest, as the firm's chief information officer for the UK, Ian Foddering, explained to V3.
"We're hoping to have at least 30 of these new academies opened in the next five years to help tackle the skills shortage that's looming within the STEM subjects," he said.
"These should help find employment for graduates and provide the skilled workforce we are crying out for."
Cisco is now in the process of deciding which equipment to leave behind and where it will be installed.
While the networking academies will be a great proving ground for future network engineers, the firm has also taken to the classroom to push its focus on STEM subjects and to try to create a UK workforce that has more technical skills.
Working with education charity The Pearson Foundation, Cisco has built up a curriculum of lessons that help show the real-world relevance of STEM subjects to pupils, with an Olympics twist.
"It's all about creating a link between the Olympics happening outside their schools and the lessons they're sitting in," Foddering explained.
"In one session, for example, we have Olympic sprint [kayaking] champion Tim Brabants talking about his diet and nutrition and how it translates to energy that helps him train. This helps give a reality to their lessons and brings things to life. The feedback has been very positive, from students, teachers and parents."
Such lessons are being delivered to over 5,000 secondary schools in the Olympic boroughs.
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