Developer, Developer – where do you code from?
I wanted to share information on the countries we’re getting registrations from. Can I just be honest and confess I found a registration coming from a country I had never heard about? In fact, had to google the name to find out if it was really a country…any guesses on which country stumped me? Hint: It’s the one with the Wiki link>. Check these out:Angola, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Canada, China, Columbia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Equador, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Peru, Phillipines, Portugal, Republic of Taiwan, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden,Thailand,Tunisia, Turkey, USA, UK, Vietnam, Venezuela.We’ve heard of developed countries and developing countries. How about we introduce developer countries?While a majority of the initial registrants were from the US of A, we’re seeing the bulk of registrants come from all over the world, both from English speaking countries and non-English speaking countries. It’s certainly taking a while for the non-English speaking world to become aware of the contest, and our friends out there are helping out by putting front-ends for countries like China, Japan and Korea etc. There is also a request from some of these countries to extend Phase-1 as it took a while for them to customize the contest to local languages and we’re seriously considering that. For now, we’re averaging a healthy 60-70 registrants per week, and the proposals are starting to come in the last few weeks with pretty cool ideas. We do expect the number of proposals to scale up as we near the end of Phase-1.We’re both humbled and surprised at the variety of responses that we’re getting from all corners of the world. A significant portion of the registrants are indicating that they heard about the contest from – get this – BLOGGERS! That’s so cool. Which means we owe a shout-out and a huge “THANK YOU” to the numerous bloggers who are really helping us promote this contest, many of who we don’t even know personally. I’ll share some of the innovative blogs that the contest is getting featured in shortly.We’re also getting some interesting questions and comments, which have really helped us get some fresh perspective. I’ll share some of these too.Meanwhile, if any of you find more blogs about the contest that are interesting, send them our way. Or if you’re a blogger and feature this contest or other Cisco Innovations on your site, send us a link to that. This site is more than just the current contest. It is about Innovation. The world may be hot, flat and crowded. But it won’t stop innovating. That I can bet on.