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The Final Lap: The Elite Nine

And then there were nine. We’ve got our finalists for Cisco’s second I-Prize competition! We watched all the video clips submitted by the semi-finalists and we want to applaud all of them for their efforts. Some of the videos were very creative. Now it’s down to the final selection, which will be held over TelePresence and WebEx. Though it’s too late to submit an idea, you can still invest in what you think will be the winning idea! The winner will be announced on June 29th.

I am thrilled to announce the finalists for Cisco’s second I-Prize competition that challenged entrepreneurs around the world to come up with Cisco’s next big business idea. Our judging panel has selected nine final teams comprised of 31 people, from 14 countries and spanning six continents. 

The ideas and use of Cisco collaboration technologies to help foster creative teamwork has far exceeded our expectations and we can’t wait to share them with you. Drum roll please… Here are the 2010 Cisco I-Prize final teams:

Mydoctor Team

  • Use mobile technology to improve health care delivery in developing countries
  • Countries represented: Sweden, Democratic Republic of Congo, France
  • Number of team members: 9
  • I-Prize idea category:  Connected Life

Personal Medical Data Tag

  • A personal data tag to collate and coordinate home medical information
  • Country represented: Australia
  • Number of team members: 2
  • I-Prize idea category:  Connected Life

C-innovate

  • A smart water grid
  • Countries represented: Slovenia
  • Number of team members: 2
  • I-Prize idea category:  Connected Life

Rhinnovation

  • Connect your real world with your virtual world
  • Country represented: Mexico
  • Number of team members: 5
  • I-Prize idea category:  Connected Life

Tigers

  • Car traffic jam avoidance and reduction of carbon monoxide emissions
  • Country represented: Bulgaria
  • Number of team members: 3
  • I-Prize idea category:  Connected Life

i3 Collective                 

  • Reinvent education
  • Countries represented: U.S., India, Philippines
  • Number of team members: 4
  • I-Prize idea category:  New Ways to Learn

edgewalker

  • The next-generation cashless payment solution
  • Countries represented: Pakistan, Finland
  • Number of team members: 3
  • I-Prize idea category:  Future of Work

Maracaná

  • Social media meets sports
  • Countries represented: Uruguay
  • Number of team members: 2
  • I-Prize idea category:  Future of Work

Multi-sense

  • A gestural haptic interface to control user experience
  • Countries represented: England
  • Number of team members: 1
  • I-Prize idea category:  Future of Work

This year, we received 824 entries from over 2800 participants worldwide from 156 countries. To be one of the nine finalists remaining in the Cisco I-Prize contest is quite a feat and we’d like to congratulate these final teams, acknowledging their hard work and entrepreneurial spirit.

Now, the countdown to crown the $250,000 grand prize winner truly kicks-off. Stay tuned over the next few weeks as we profile finalist teams as they race to the finish. You’ll learn a bit more about the core of their great idea, the teams themselves and maybe a few fun facts! Remember, the idea market is still open and we want to hear who you think is the most deserving to be selected as this competition’s champion. Like the other rounds, earn points in the idea market by “investing” and voting on ideas. By doing so, you also have an opportunity to win a Flip Video camcorder.

Register or log-in to participate and learn more about the finalists on the Cisco I-Prize website.

Finally, tune-in on June 29, as Cisco’s Chairman and CEO John Chambers and Senior Vice President Marthin De Beer announce the winning Cisco I-Prize team and idea on-stage from Cisco Live.

Congratulations again to our finalists!

- Guido Jouret

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