Step 1: Are you an “idea person” and have access to a video camera? Step 2: Would you like $10,000? Step 3: Enter Cisco’s “Help Design Your Connected Life” contest.Are you an aspiring filmmaker? Are you an entrepreneur trying to get traction around an idea? Are you in film school and know how to tell a story? Are you in business school and you’ve created a great technology product, but don’t know how to bring it to market? You can now have your video skills and business creativity contribute $10,000 to your bank account. The Cisco Service Provider Marketing organization is sponsoring a fun contest called “Help Design Your Connected Life.” They are inviting entries from people (ages 13 and older) from US, Canada, Australia, Japan, and the UK to participate. The idea behind the contest is to generate innovative ideas for a connected life (for example: using your cell phone to pay for your Starbuck’s coffee…or, in my case, Peet’s coffee). But don’t dilly-dally with your entry, the contest runs through September 14, 2007. The grand prize is $10,000 , but there are also ten runner-up $1000 prizes being given away as well. We are requiring written entries and you can also submit a video, but, hey, let’s be honest, a video entry is a lot more fun. (In truth, video submissions will not be judged and are not required to enter or win.) You can find more information here or view a video from NXTcomm with attendees talking about their “Connected Life.” If you need addtional help getting the creative juices flowing, check out this video effort.The “official rules” are here. Please note that Cisco employees (and their families) are not eligible to participate in the contest…because, like, I would totally win otherwise.