Nearly two months ago, we gave our readers a mission: Design an ultra-low-footprint apartment in 420 square feet and have a chance to win up to $70,000 in cash, products and contracts for the best ideas. Some of you may have chosen to accept the mission; others may simply be intruiged to hear what exceptional ideas came out of it.
Since October of last year, TreeHugger.com Founder Graham Hill has been searching for the perfect idea, or blend of ideas, to renovate an apartment in New York City and live an environmentally-friendly life there. He began a LifeEdited contest asking people to create a 420sf apartment with an ultra-low footprint. With the belief that we all need to live in less space and have fewer possessions, he thinks we will save money, reduce environmental impact and live simpler lives.
On top of his specifications, we challenged entrants to add a Cisco ūmi telepresence system to their apartment designs. Why? Because Graham will be using Cisco ūmi to conduct business and connect with family and friends from his apartment while reducing emissions. Here are a few Cisco ūmi contest submissions that we wanted to share:
Hundreds of comments, 300+ submissions and 500,000+ page views later, the contest is over and Graham is ready to meet with the judges and select a winner. To watch Graham announce the winners live on Thursday, January 27 from 12-1 p.m. EST, tune in here: http://www.LifeEdited.org/livestream.html.
AND, also make sure you check out this LIMITED TIME OFFER: Buy one ūmi at Magnolia Home Theatre at Best Buy orwww.bestbuy.com/magnolia, and get a second ūmi FREE!
Tags: best buy, Cisco umi, contest, judges, LifeEdited, magnolia, TelePresence, treehugger.com, ūmi
Want to simplify your life? Valet, the surprisingly simple wireless router can help. Today we’re kicking off the ‘Your Valet Life’ contest, which will award one lucky winner the services of a personal assistant for six months.
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Tags: contest, facebook, Giveaway, home networking, Personal Assistant, twitter, Win, wireless router, Your Valet Life
It’s been a little over three months since we first introduced the “Cisco@25, Cisco In 25” video contest asking participants to submit a video answering the question, “where do you see technology going in 25 years?” All of our participants did a fantastic job producing their videos and then promoting them across the social web! Thank you to all who participated in the contest!
Now the wait is over! I am pleased to announce the five winners of the “Cisco@25, Cisco In 25” video contest! The winners all received brand new Flip Slide HD camcorders! Check out their video submissions below. Which one is your favorite?
Tyler Thompson’s Prediction: Integrated grid safety systems for the highways and tablet based learning stations
Corbin JT’s Prediction: Voice-activated ordering and then having it delivered to the front door
Cisco 2035’s Prediction: Cisco will develop Forward Inverse Backcasting (The FIB Protocol)
TS Film’s Prediction: Wireless electricity, interactive living and cybernetic implants
Dimitar Krstevski’s Prediction: Electrical cars in massive use, mobile phones displaying holographic images and advances in medicine such as cures for cancer and AIDS
Congratulations to all of our winners! Think you have a better answer? Well, now I pose the question to the rest of you… “Where do you see technology going in 25 years?” I would love to hear from you! Comment below and let us know your answer!
Tags: Cisco, Cisco@25, contest, innovation, social media, technology, video
There is a reason for the word “fan” in “Facebook fan page”. It’s there to imply interactions with your fans, right? Well, only partially. An effective Facebook fan page not only provides a platform for business-to-fan conversations but it also helps enable fan-to-fan interactions. Last week you heard from Charlie how the Cisco Networking Academy team is using Facebook. This week’s story is about the Linksys Facebook fan page. As Brenna Karr (@BrennaNoD) Social Media specialist for the Linksys brand within Cisco Consumer Products put it so nicely: “You’re not running the conversation, you’re playing in their space. Be one of them.”
1. Know Your Target Audience…On Facebook
Understanding your target audience is one thing, but an understanding of how to provide information that is interesting and relevant to your fans on Facebook is another. Defining the purpose of your page and then creating content and engagement opportunities that suit your fans is critical to success.
2. Encourage Your Fans to Share and Comment
Corporations are starting to get the hang of asking questions on their Facebook pages to encourage conversations with their fans. This is a good thing. But what the Cisco Consumer Product team has done well is taking these conversations to the next level – by asking their fans to share their content and comment on each other’s posts. In other words, they encourage conversations amongst their fans. Encouraging fans to share content can help exponentially spread the word. And by asking people to comment, you can help create a deeper engagement which in turn gives people a reason to come back to your page. Just remember to make the call to action visible and straightforward.
3. Enable User-Generated Content
In the spirit of community enablement, the Cisco Consumer Products team introduced the “Linksys: Show Us Yours” program in the summer of 2010. This 2-month challenge targeted Twitter and Facebook fans, Read More »
Tags: challenge, contest, enablement, how to, p2p, peer, prize, run
I’m currently enjoying in-flight wireless access on United Airlines on my way from San Francisco to New York City. I have work to do, but now I can be connected and do it. Technology enables me to be more productive and I appreciate that and I know my employer appreciates that.
Twenty five years ago the idea of having communications connectivity while in flight was preposterous because we didn’t really even have connectivity. Heck, 25 years ago, Cisco was just founded, so network connectivity at that point was largely reserved for research universities and defense departments. The Internet and web browsing as we know them now did not exist.
What will technology bring in 25 more years? Cisco has some ideas around quantum routing (follow @DaveTheFuturist for more on this), holographic TelePresence (see: Obi-Wan Kenobi and Star Trek), and, in general, a smaller, connected, efficient, productive world brought together by the network for the betterment of society.
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Tags: blogging, Cisco@25, contest, in flight connectivity, video