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Approaching the Gate: Meet your I-Prize Finalists – Team C-innovate

June 12, 2010 - 1 Comment

We’d like to introduce you to Team C-innovate, one of nine final teams in Cisco’s global I-Prize competition gunning for the $250,000 grand prize.


Team name: C-innovate

Team country: Slovenia

Team members: Two

Idea goal: Improve water distribution and consumption

Claim to fame: Tap-dancing duo


Team C-innovate’s I-Prize submission creates a smart water grid to make water distribution and consumption more efficient.


Ales Starman, C-innovate’s team captain, first heard about the I-Prize global competition in Barcelona during Marthin De Beer’s presentation at Cisco Live! He instantly decided to participate in hopes of generating an idea that would be valuable for the community. Fortunately this team came out with a finalist-worthy concept that provides a solution to make water distribution and consumption more efficient by taking advantage of IP networking. “Water availability is one of the greatest worldwide challenges nowadays,” said Starman.

Starman is an IP network systems architect who loves spending time in nature. His teammate, Nejc Dulmin, is a multimedia engineer and self-proclaimed city guy. How did this team come together? Tap dance. The pair from Slovenia actually met at a tap dancing class a few years ago. They formed as a team because of their “complementary skills and innovative way of thinking,” and haven’t missed a step yet.

As finalist, team C-innovate is looking forward to presenting their great idea via  TelePresence to a distinguished panel of judges. However, they have been too busy to consider howto “tap-in” to the $250,000 grand prize pot. “If our team’s idea won, I would be more thrilled about the fact the idea got recognized or executed and that it would impact/improve living worldwide,” said Starman.

When asked what advice they’d give to potential future I-Prize competitors, they recommend  not keeping the core idea secret . Sharing ideas with the community allows teams to garner new perspectives and help further refine the idea with the help of people fromaround the globe.

“Ideas are basically the smaller part of the whole story,” said Starman. “Great execution is what brings ideas to real life.”

As in the previous rounds, make sure to “invest” your IP points in the idea you think is most deserving to be crowned the ultimate I-Prize champion through the I-Prize community.

Stay tuned to learn about the other I-Prize finalists. Remember, on June 29 Cisco’s Chairman and CEO John Chambers will announce the winning I-Prize team and idea live on-stage from Cisco Live.

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  1. As soon as Steve announced the name, I thought we were going to see another trademark dispute all over again. I’m glad to see that Apple decided to talk about it before launch instead of after.