Our top ten finalist teams keep busy, as we edge past the mid-point of Phase-2 of the Developer contest. As part of the organizing team, we’re equally busy with a key task – ensuring our judging panel is locked down quickly. Sometime back, we announced Zeus Kerravala from Yankee coming on board as one of our external judges.We’re now pleased to announce Robert Whiteley, Principal Analyst and Research Director at Forrester Research has accepted our invitation to join the judging panel. Rob Whitely brings a diverse and deep perspective of various industry trends and is very well respected for his business acumen and his technological insights and we’re very lucky to have him be a part of the panel.Before we launched the contest back in October 2008, we sounded out Rob to see if the idea had merit, and his encouragement motivated us to roll it out. Now, when I reached out to him a little while ago to see if he was interested, Rob was unequivocal with a yes. He also took some time out to share his thoughts on the contest. In his characteristic style, Rob weighs in on the relevance of the Developer contest and its timing as he muses on “the maturing of folks who are ready to take on the Network as a platform”.Rob conveyed to us his excitement to come on board without hesitation. On behalf of the Cisco team, I thank Rob for sharing both his time and expertise. They will certainly be put to good use in the coming weeks as we’ll have the challenging task of deciding the winners.Stay tuned for more thoughts from Robert Whiteley, and also additional nominations of other jugdes onto the Cisco ‘Think Inside the Box’ contest judging panel.