And the Cisco I-Prize Semi-Finalists are”Â¦.
The results are in: After reading, discussing and scoring over 1100 new business ideas, we have selected 32 teams as Cisco I-Prize semi-finalists. Congratulations to the teams that have been selected. The Cisco team is very excited to be working with you on your semi-final presentations.To all of you who participated in the Cisco I-Prize, THANK YOU! Your ideas, passion, collaboration and time are greatly appreciated. Selecting the semi-finalists was difficult work due to the quality of the innovative thinking and collaboration. In the end, we tried to stay true to the criteria spelled out in the contest overview and in subsequent blog postings. The Cisco I-Prize site will continue to be open should you choose to continue collaborating with fellow innovators. Once the Cisco I-Prize competition is finished and we have time to assess everything, we will announce what will come next.Team members from the Semi-finalists are a very diverse group:ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚ÂÃ‚Â® Competitors from 13 Countries on 5 ContinentsÃƒÂ¯Ã‚ÂÃ‚Â® 20% of the teams are multi-countryÃƒÂ¯Ã‚ÂÃ‚Â® Teams ranging in size from 1 to 9 peopleÃƒÂ¯Ã‚ÂÃ‚Â® Competitors ages were evenly distributed between people in their 20s, 30s and 40s or higherFor those of you curious about the ideas that were selected:ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚ÂÃ‚Â® Ideas fell into a broad range of categories: Comms Infrastructure, Connected Home, E-Learning, Mobility, Security, Services, Emerging Countries, Unified Communications, Video, Virtualization and Web 2.0ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚ÂÃ‚Â® When an idea was submitted had little bearing. Ideas were evenly distributed across the competition time frameÃƒÂ¯Ã‚ÂÃ‚Â® Some ideas had lots of information, some had relatively little (at least publicly viewable) but some contributors who appeared to publish little did supply us with private information to help guide our selectionÃƒÂ¯Ã‚ÂÃ‚Â® Comments, votes and private information made the most difference when we were evaluating very similar ideasÃƒÂ¯Ã‚ÂÃ‚Â® There were some great business ideas, but not so great for Cisco. We encourage those that believe passionately in their idea to continue working on themÃƒÂ¯Ã‚ÂÃ‚Â® There were a few very good ideas that we have already been working onTeams will now start work on their Semi-final presentations and have been supplied with access to a variety of Cisco collaboration technologies. Who will make the Finals? Stay tuned, it should be a very interesting month!