For you”bottom line” types, here’s the news: The Brainstorm phase of the Cisco I-Prize will now conclude on February 13, 2008, approximately 30 days past the original deadline of January 15. For those of you interested in why, read on-.When we launched the Cisco I-Prize program, no one knew what would happen- How many people would enter? Would the ideas be good enough to meet our business goals? Would participants really work together to improve and refine their ideas?Now two and a half months later we know that more than 1600 people have entered from almost 90 countries. There are many, many high-quality ideas worth considering as semifinalists. And the level of community discussion and interaction has been unbelievably high. Global collaboration is really working. Feedback from everyone has been extremely positive.As the team here at Cisco sat down to discuss the closing of the first phase, and moving into the semi-final phase, there was a bit of melancholy in the air. So much exciting action was still taking place on the Cisco I-Prize site. In fact we’re continuing to see strong growth in ideas, participants, comments, and votes. Community behavior is emerging strongly.All good things must come to an end, but based on participant feedback and our own observations that the momentum is still in full gear, we decided to extend Phase I. This is a one-time extension so this won’t happen again. The new dates for the full program are posted on the Contest Overview.For those of you already participating, this is an opportunity to think about team formation for the semifinals and to continue to collaborate on the ideas with which you are engaged. For those of you who haven’t yet started participating, it’s not too late. And for the casual observers among you, you are watching one of the most interesting and dynamic examples of how global collaboration fosters accelerated innovation!