On August 15th, 2009 curtains came down on Phase-2 of the Cisco Developer Contest. Eight of the original ten finalists crossed over the finish line with proof-of-concept applications developed and ported on the Cisco Application Extension Platform, and validated by Cisco. Congratulations to these eight teams: North America: Team SNAT Europe: Team MADnetwork, Team BugsBernie and Team RSDevs South America: Team Jin Jin and Team Campuser Asia: Team Ideate and Team Enhancers If you’ve not had a chance to see the videos some of these finalists put together, check them out here: These teams will provide demos to be shared with our judging panel, who will then decide who the top three winners are. Speaking of judges, we’ve closed on the judging panel, with two Cisco judges – Brett Galloway and Paul McNab joining the five member external judging panel. Brett is the SVP for Wireless, Security and Routing Technology Group and belongs to the Cisco Development Organization. Paul is the VP of Enterprise and Mid-Market Solutions Marketing and belongs to the Cisco Marketing Organization.
As a next step, all the qualifying teams will be putting together their demos to be presented before the judging panel. We’re looking to get the panel convened in the next few weeks to evaluate these demos and help declare the winners. It has been a long journey for all the ten finalists, since the initial launch of our content in October 2008, and we are impressed with their knowledge, perserverance and quick adaptability. It is not an easy task to participate in an international contest of this nature, while juggling jobs, families and overcoming language and geographical barriers. They have participated in the true spirit of globalization, and proved that innovation knows no boundries. Our best wishes to all of them. May the best team win! Cheers, Shashi Kiran