AXP Developer Contest Q & A


Q: What is the Cisco "Think Inside the Box" Developer Contest?
A: This is a worldwide application developer contest that's being conducted by Cisco to promote the concept of the network as a platform, and to recognize outstanding implementation ideas for application development on the Cisco Integrated Services Router Application Extension Platform (AXP). This contest marks the first time that a major networking equipment vendor has reached out to application developers in such a manner to promote innovation on a mainstream router platform.
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Q: How is the contest structured?
A: This contest includes two phases:
  • Phase I: Participants submit their ideas for developing innovative applications on the Cisco AXP platform. Participants must register, download the approved proposal template, and submit their proposals on this template.

    Phase-1 will close on Feb 27, 2009. At the end of Phase I, a selection of five to ten finalists will be announced.

  • Phase II: Finalists will implement their proposals on the Cisco AXP platform. All finalists will be given access to a virtual lab set up by Cisco with the necessary router hardware, AXP service module as well as the appropriate development environment.

    Phase-II is expected to last 90 days. At the end of Phase II, three winners will be chosen.
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Q: Do I have to register to participate?
A: Yes, you need to register to participate in this contest. Your email ID will be used to track your registration.
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Q: Do I need to be a Cisco customer to post an idea or participate?
A: No, you do not need to be a Cisco customer to post an idea or participate. The contest is open to all individuals above the age of 18, subject to Terms and Conditions of the contest.
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Q: Do I need to purchase anything to enter the contest?
A: No purchase is necessary to enter or win the contest. The contest does require participants to have internet access to perform the necessary application development remotely. Participants are responsible for any costs or expenses associated with preparing and submitting an entry.
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Q: Can I participate as an individual? Or is a team mandatory?
A: Yes, you can participate either as an individual or as a team. A team can comprise up to 3 members. One person has to be nominated as the team lead for communicating with the contest organizers and for administrative purposes.
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Q: How do I download the proposal template?
A: When you register for the contest, you will be automatically given the option to download the proposal template.
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Q: Can I submit my proposal without registering? Who can submit the proposal?
A: No, any submissions without appropriate registration will be rejected. If a team enters the contest, ALL the members of the team must also individually register. Teams will be identified by their team names and e-mail IDs. The team leader is expected to submit the proposal on behalf of the entire team.
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Q: Can an individual or team submit more than one entry?
A:  Yes, multiple entries may be submitted either as an individual or as part of a team. However an individual cannot be part of multiple teams. For more information, please refer to the Terms and Conditions.
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Q: How do I submit my proposal?
A: Email your proposal to
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Q: What happens after I submit my proposal?
A: TYour proposal will be evaluated by a panel of judges chosen by Cisco. After the end of Phase I, five to ten finalists will have an opportunity to participate in Phase II. If your proposal is selected for Phase II, we will notify you by email and other notification mechanisms provided by you during registration.
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Q: Do I need to implement my proposal in Phase I? Is there any coding involved in Phase I?
A:  No, there is no implementation necessary in Phase I. We are only interested in your high-level ideas and how your proposal leverages the Cisco AXP platform.
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Q: Do I need a Cisco router to implement my application in Phase II?
A:  No, it is not necessary to have access to a Cisco Integrated Services Router (ISR) to develop your application in Phase II. You can develop your application on a standalone Linux platform.

If your proposed solution uses some of the components in a Cisco ISR, you will need access to the router. If you are a finalist, Cisco will provide you access to the Cisco ISR platform in a hosted lab.
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Q: How will the proposals be evaluated? Is the judging criteria same for both Phase I and Phase II?
A: The judging criteria are different for Phase I and Phase II. Please see Phase I evaluation and Phase II evaluation. Multiple proposals with similar ideas will be differentiated based on the weighted judging criteria.
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Q: Can team members be changed after registration?
A:  No once a team has been registered, the team members cannot be inter-changed.
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Q: How to contact us?
A:  Send us an email at with any questions
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