Cisco and Crisis seek tech ideas to help the homeless

Cisco will use its network of thousands of IT experts to help devise tech initiatives to support the homeless.

Joe Lepper | 6th Dec 19

Technology professionals are being asked for their views on how digital can support the homeless. The call comes from a partnership between tech firm Cisco and homelessness charity Crisis, which is looking to find ways that homeless people can be supported by technology.

This includes help in finding employment and bolstering Crisis’ support processes.

Through the partnership Cisco’s network of more than 4,000 IT businesses, 10,000 developers as well as education networks will be asked for their ideas to address three key challenges.

These are:

  • How can we use technology to help connect homeless people to job opportunities?
  • How can we help to address the issue of digital inclusivity for homeless people?
  • How can we help Crisis to use technology to improve their own processes?

Through the partnership Cisco will provide training through its Cisco Networking Academy to Crisis’ centres to help improve the skills of those affected by homelessness.

“Partnerships such as this with Cisco are how we will scale to help end homelessness for good,” said Sarah Farquhar, Director of Organisational Development at Crisis UK

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“We see how technology can help our work and we’re delighted to be working with Cisco and the community that it has brought together. The ingenuity that we’ve already seen when looking at our challenges from a new perspective is inspiring, and the enthusiasm to help is infectious.”

Angela Whitty, Managing Director, Partner for Cisco UK & Ireland added: “We work with a community of problem solvers every day to tackle challenges in the business world with technology.

“Already with Crisis and our partner organisations, we’ve pooled our manpower and expertise in small ways, but imagine what we could be capable of with an ecosystem of over 20,000 people in 4,000 organisations who collaborate with Cisco in the UK today.”

Cisco and Crisis have already linked up this year for a charity sponsored walk and a “hackathon” involving 14 universities and 65 students to look for ways to support the charity.

This is the latest digital partnership formed by Crisis this year. Last month tech social enterprise Hoodies for the Homeless teamed up with the charity for an online retail fundraising campaign.