Cisco Canada Fast Future Innovation Awards

Cisco Canada

Submission Deadline: Apr 19 2024


Innovation thrives when we work together.

Are you ready to unleash innovation like never before? Cisco can help.

The advancement of artificial intelligence (AI) tools over the last several months has meant new challenges, new changes and new opportunities for innovation.

Canadian businesses need to adopt AI and harness its potential – while doing so responsibly – to get us to the next frontier. That’s where we come in.

Cisco’s Fast Future Innovation Awards are tackling the issues and challenges facing Canadian organizations today, one submission at a time. How? It’s simple. Submit your or your customer’s greatest business challenge and you could win up to $200K of in-kind funding to put towards the resources you need to solve it. This isn’t just about technology. It’s about fostering an innovation culture amongst Canada’s core sectors. It’s about creating healthier businesses. It’s about investing in societal change. It’s about creating a future of work that works for us all.

And ultimately, it’s about helping Canadian organizations realize the future they want, faster.

Ready to unleash innovation like never before? Register today.

Cisco is committed to driving innovation, economic value and growth in Canada. Cisco Canada’s Digital Impact Office has launched this powerful awards program that will dedicate Cisco resources, expertise and scale to help solve the innovation challenges facing Canadian organizations through the lens of artificial intelligence. Win up to $200,000 of in-kind funding towards the resources, services and equipment needed to make your innovation project a reality.

There will be up to three (3) winners in total.

Innovation, anywhere

We encourage submissions where AI can be leveraged as a tool to solve challenges, improve experiences and accelerate growth. While we welcome submissions that focus on any challenge from any industry, we have a few areas of interest:

Interest Areas

  • Connectivity + Networking
  • Security (physical or cyber)
  • Sustainability
  • Hybrid work + Collaboration
  • Industry-specific Challenge (varied by registrant industry)


  • Energy
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Utilities
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Insurance
  • Financial Services
  • Transportation
  • Sports & Entertainment
  • Oil and gas
  • Retail
  • And more...

The Winner Experience

The value of the Fast Future Innovation Awards is realized in the collaborative approach we take to make innovation real. Every innovation project is unique, but we follow a proven framework to ensure we can successfully take each project from concept through to execution.


Facilitate Co-Design Workshop

To fully unpack the project scope, we facilitate a Co-Design Workshop that dives deep into gaps and needs, goals and expectations, possibilities and outcomes. From here, we have a clear picture of what’s needed to make the project a reality.

Define Project

Informed by the Co-Design Workshop, we clearly define the scope of work and outline how the in-kind funding and resources – services, technology, training, etc. – will be allocated, project timeline and measurement framework.

Execute Plan & Deliver

Now, we get to work! We jointly execute the deliverables for the project's success. Throughout the process we collaborate closely to achieve the outlined objectives and achieve milestones.

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