1st April 2009Today, in a bid to boost the economy and give more incentive to developers, Cisco decided to boost the prize money for the ‘Think Inside the Box’ Developer Contest to a million dollars, and revise the judging criteria to give more weightage to entrants with countries with a lower GDP. Moreover, instead of to a team, these awards will be provided to every member of the team, and the number of winning teams will be increased from three to ten. In a bid to ensure fairness, and because we believe that innovation is global, no single country will be allowed to have more than one winning team.Oh well, that’s as far as we could string it on April fool’s day Maybe someday we will hold a contest with 10 million dollars in prize money. For now, everything remains just the same as outlined in our original announcement terms and conditions. We’re having a FANTASTIC time going through the various entries that have come in, and closing down on potential finalists. If I didn’t say this already, the quality of proposals is amazing and that does pose a good problem for the judgest. But if everything goes per schedule, we should be announcing the finalists by end of April. And yessir, that won’t be an April Fool’s joke.Hope you’ve had fun with your friends and relatives on April 1st. We’d some teams in Cisco come out with real good pranks. Amidst all our daily hectic lives, it’s good to have some humour sprinked around. I saw the traditional Google effort as well (been looking forward to it the last couple of years now). Any interesting stories – do tell!