Cisco I-Prize Questions & Answers

Overview

Registration

Participation

Reputation and Points

Rewards and Prizes

Administration


Overview


Registration


Participation


Reputation and Points


Rewards and Prizes


Administration


Overview

Q: What is the Cisco I-Prize?
A:  The global community is a comprehensive resource for creativity and innovation. Cisco I-Prize is an event where Cisco looks beyond its own resources and turns to the global community, the Human Network, to identify its next major business opportunity. Participants are invited to submit ideas. Before you do so, consider what problems your idea addresses, how it's new and different, and who comprises your target market.

Cisco will select up to 32 semifinalist teams that will work with Cisco experts to build a business plan and presentation, using state-of-the-art collaboration tools. Up to eight finalist teams will present their business ideas to a judging panel to compete for the grand prize: a $250,000 award shared equally by members of the winning team.

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Q: What are the different phases of the program?
A:  Phase I: Brainstorm: Three months: Innovators register and submit ideas and summary proposals. Other registered participants comment and vote on submissions. Find like-minded innovators and form your dream idea team.

Phase II: Refine: One month: Semifinalist teams collaborate to build their business and technology plan. Define the market opportunity, technology and unique insights that will make this a business.

Phase III: Finals: One month: Finalist teams present their business plans to the final judging panel of industry luminaries and Cisco senior executives. They will use Cisco TelePresence to communicate their ideas, passion, and energy.

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Registration

Q: Do I have to register to participate?
A: Yes. If you want to comment, vote for an idea, or earn and spend I-Prize (IP) points, you must register for the program and accept the Terms and Conditions before you can participate. Likewise, the same registration process applies if you want to submit an idea for consideration. Submissions are viewable only by registered viewers. Your user name will be visible to all participants. You can choose how much of your contact information to share with other Cisco I-Prize participants. We will not sell or use your email address for any purpose other than the Cisco I-Prize Contest.

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Q: Do I need to be a Cisco customer to submit an idea or participate?
A: No. The only registration requirements are that you are more than 18 years of age, and accept the Terms and Conditions. There is no requirement of a previous relationship with Cisco to participate. Once registered, you can post ideas, as well as review, vote, and comment on other ideas. (Cisco employees and family members are not eligible to submit ideas, but can vote, comment, and spend IP Points.)

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Q: What are IP Points?
A: IP Points are a way for participants to ‘invest’ in ideas. They create an idea market where the entire Cisco I-Prize community can predict which ideas have the most merit, based on the number of points invested in the idea.

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Q: Can Cisco employees participate?
A: Yes. However, employees cannot submit ideas and are not eligible to win prizes. Employees are allowed to comment and invest their IP Points.

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Q: What are the password criteria?
A: The Cisco I-Prize system requires that passwords meet specific criteria to help ensure strength. Passwords must:

  • Have a minimum of eight (8) alphanumeric characters
  • Contain both upper and lowercase characters (for example, a-z, A-Z)
  • Include at least one number (for example, 0-9)
  • Include digits and punctuation characters, as well as letters (for example, !@#$%^&*()_+|~-=\`{}[]:";'<>?,./)
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Q: What do I do if I forgot my password?
A: Click the Forgot Your Password? link on the login page. You will be prompted to enter your e-mail address. You will receive an email with a link and instructions on how to change your password.

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Participation

Q: How do I submit a new idea?
A: To post a new idea, click the “Post Your Idea” tab at the top of the page to access the form. Complete the fields in the form to name your idea, describe it, categorize it, and add keyword tags for the public posting. You may also submit information that will only be viewable by Cisco.

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Q: Is video mandatory when submitting an idea?
A: A video to supplement your idea submission is highly encouraged, but not mandatory. If a picture paints a thousand words, then a video delivers a thousand pictures. Video can be a more effective way to explain, generate excitement, and enhance community participation for your idea.

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Q: If I do submit a video, and how long should it be?
A: We encourage creating videos of less than five minutes.

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Q: What format should the video be in?
A: Cisco I-Prize has incorporated Cisco Show and Share as part of the Cisco I-Prize innovation site. Your videos must be in H.264, FLV, or WMV formats to be submitted. You can also embed a link to a video that could be hosted on another video site such as YouTube.

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Q: What happens after I submit my idea?
A: Your idea will appear on the public site under recent postings and the category in which you submitted it. It will also be routed to the evaluation team for initial review. Ideas considered inappropriate by the evaluation team may be marked as “hidden” and may no longer be viewable on the public site. Other registrants can read your idea, rate it by promoting it, and add comments. Participants can also “invest” in your idea by spending their IP Points on it.

Tracking your comments may give you insights on how to improve your idea, or may identify people with whom you might be able to collaborate to create a team and propose a stronger entry.

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Q: Can I edit my idea?
A: Yes, you may edit your idea. Click the “Edit Idea” link, input your changes, and publish your idea.

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Q: Can I post a comment on an idea?
A: Yes. Enter your comment in the text box provided and click the “Post Comment” button.

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Q: How can I encourage people to support my idea?
A: Just like a shelf of books, the interesting titles stand out and get the readers' attention. When submitting your idea, be sure to include a clear, concise title and summary. Remember that this is a global competition, so avoid slang and clever language to be sure a wide audience can review your idea.

You can share the opportunity with other innovators using the “Tell a Friend” function, or show colleagues what you've submitted to get their support.

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Q: How do I add team members?
A: Once you've submitted an idea, you can choose to invite others to join your team. Other users who have similar interests can request to join as team members of your idea. To invite team members, click the “Recruit” button on your Idea Homepage, and then enter the name of the user(s) you would like to invite. All of your team members must be registered and accept the Terms and Conditions of the Cisco I-Prize contest.

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Reputation and Points

Q: How do you build your reputation?
A: On this innovation platform, you earn a reputation based on your actions. Your reputation is directly correlated to your contributions, the feedback you receive, and the community's overall perception of your contribution's value.

If you continuously receive good feedback, have a good following of quality users who constantly engage with you, and have generally positive indicators around your membership, your reputation will be very good. Likewise, if you do not contribute meaningfully, if you consistently post spam, if you donít engage productively and produce good contributions, you're unlikely to have a positive reputation.

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Q: Why is reputation important?
A: Reputation in Cisco I-Prize reflects your contribution to the community of innovators. It is positively impacted when you submit ideas, and give constructive comments. Your reputation will also affect the number of IP Points you earn.

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Q: Why are IP Points important?
A: During the first phase of the Cisco I-Prize competition, eight ideas from each category will be selected to advance to the second round. The top two ideas from each category will be chosen to advance to the next round. The top ideas are based on the number of IP Points invested into them by the Cisco I-Prize community. Cisco judges will choose the other ideas that will advance to the next round, at their discretion.

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Q: How to I earn additional I-Prize Points (IP Points)?
A:  Each registered innovator starts with a base number of IP Points, and can earn additional IP Points by actively participating in the innovation community, including posting content and ideas, reviewing, and voting. Innovators with high reputations can earn additional IP Points.

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Q: What do I do with my IP Points?
A: Every participant may “invest” their IP Points in as many ideas as they wish. You can choose to invest IP Points in one idea or invest different amounts of IP Points in many ideas. There is an upper limit to the number of points innovators can invest in a single idea. You do not have to invest all of your points. However, if you invest wisely, you could earn additional IP Points based on how well you pick ideas.

The IP Points system functions much like a stock market, where participants invest and divest points, which affects the value of the ideas. Participants can earn more IP Points if the idea increases in value, much like a company increases its valuation if its stock price rises. By spending IP Points wisely, participants can increase their wealth (defined as the number of IP Points they earn). You can see who the wealthiest participants are by clicking on the Cisco I-Prize “Leaderboard” tab.

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Rewards and Prizes

Q: Why should I participate in Cisco I-Prize?
A: Participating in Cisco I-Prize has both tangible and intangible rewards. The tangible reward is the chance to win the grand prize of $250,000 for Cisco to license your idea. The intangible rewards include the opportunity to test your idea in a global platform, learning an innovation process, and virtually meeting passionate people like yourself.

Throughout the first round, Cisco will give away Flip Video Camcorders to participants with the best reputation and the most IP Points.

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Q: Can I win prizes even if I do not submit an idea?
A: Yes, it is possible. We will give away Flip Video Camcorders throughout the contest. During the first phase of the contest, two eligible participants per month will win a Flip Video Camcorder. They will be selected on the last Friday of February, March, and April 2010. Participants may only win one Flip Video Camcorder. Cisco employees are not eligible to win.

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Q: What happens if my idea is selected for Phase II of the Cisco I-Prize program?
A: In the second round, up to 32 semifinalist teams will use Cisco Show and Share to post a video summary of their ideas. Participants can continue to vote and comment on their ideas. We will continue to use IP Points to see what the community thinks are the best ideas in the second round.

As the Phase II deliverable, each semifinalist team will submit a presentation as a video recording using Cisco Show and Share.

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Q: What happens in Phase III of the program?
A: In the final round of Cisco I-Prize, up to eight finalist teams will be chosen. Each team will deliver a final presentation, using Cisco TelePresence, to a judging panel of Cisco executives and industry leaders.

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Administration

Q: Does Cisco monitor this site?
A: Yes. An evaluation board of Cisco executives and managers continually monitors the site and reviews new and existing ideas. The evaluation team may also provide entrants with occasional comments on specific ideas, and will provide wider feedback using the moderator blog.

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Q: If I have a question not covered in this FAQ, who do I contact?
A: Send an email to i-prize@cisco.com.

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