Tim Brunn, a senior manager at Cisco and the man responsible for bringing Cisco course to KidsTek, kicked off the day with an inspiring speech about hard work and discipline. On the topic of success, Brunn quoted a prominent figure from his alma mater, Navy football Coach Ken Niumatalolo, who said, “No excuses, nobody cares.”
“You just gotta do the work,” said Brunn to the high schoolers who are four chapters into their CCNA Discovery coursework. “Eventually, you will become confident in your learning. I’m not afraid of learning new things because I’ve taught myself some of the most difficult things out there.”
Other Cisco staff members Morris Hansen, Dave O’Callaghan and Mark Montañez joined Brunn in welcoming the students, sharing experiences in their careers in the field and presenting on new technology and Cisco products. Hansen wowed the high schoolers by showing his custom-made “smart board” made from a Wii remote and by changing the thermostat and turning lights on and off at his house from his phone.