Semi Finals Approaching Fast! What will happen next?
The Brainstorm phase of the Cisco I-Prize is rapidly approaching its conclusion. Starting January 16th 2008 new entries on the I-Prize site will not be eligible for the competition.What will happen next?The short answer is: Lot’s of things, all very exciting!1) Our judging team will be scoring each and every entry to determine which ideas will be selected as semi-finalists. We will be looking at a number of criteria, some of which the Emerging Technology CTO, Guido Jouret has discussed in his November 5th Blog. As strong adherents of “the wisdom of crowds” all of your votes and comments will of course be taken into account as well.2) The judging process will take place from January 16th through January 31st — we have lots of ideas to review! As ideas are selected as semi-finalists, the idea owner will notified by email with a description of next steps.3) We will ask each idea owner to identify their semi-final team. The team members can be other Cisco I-Prize participants who have contributed to the development and refinement of the idea or people new to the competition. Either way, ALL participants will need to register as a semi-finalist and agree to the terms and conditions of the semi-final phase.4) During the semi-final phase we want each idea team to refine their idea…. providing more detail on who would use/buy the resulting products, who the potential competition is, what makes the idea differentiated in the marketplace etc. To help make that happen, each Idea team will be given a suite of WebEx collaboration tools to help with live web meetings, managing working documents and capturing discussions across the team.5) The final deliverable for the semi-finals is a WebEx recorded presentation that succinctly describes business and technology plans that would make this idea successful in the market. The Cisco I-Prize team will be collaborating with each idea team to answer questions and provide guidance around what topics the semi-final presentation should address.6) We’ll be continuing to post updates and additional information on the semi-final teams and their progress on the Cisco I-Prize web site and in this blog.It’s not too late to register, contribute or comment but time is running out fast!