Write a linux application and win US $50,000!

Cisco is inviting application developers who “think outside the box”, to innovate and promote the concept of the network as a platform. This is your opportunity to build exciting Linux based applications on the Cisco Application Extension Platform (AXP), and win a share of the total prize pool valued at US $100,000.

But what is AXP?
Cisco Application Extension Platform (AXP) is an open network platform for application development, integration and hosting. It is a service module on the Cisco Integrated Services Router (ISR). AXP realizes the “Network as a Platform” vision of Cisco while bringing collaborative partnerships and accelerating innovation.

Cisco AXP offers the following features:

  • Linux-based integration environment to develop applications that run on routers.
    Certified libraries to implement C, Python, Perl, and Java applications(http web server and SSH are also supported).
  • Service APIs for integrating applications into the network.
  • Multiple applications can run in their own virtual instance with the ability to segment and guarantee CPU, memory, and disk resources.
  • Applications can be tightly integrated with Cisco ISRs; this is a key advantage of using Cisco AXP for hosting, compared to using other server-based solutions.

wow! COOOOL and if I would partecipate to the “challange”, what should I do?

There are two phases, the first from October 14, 2008 to January 12, 2009 and the second from February 2009 to May 2009.


Phase 1

  • All submissions will be reviewed by a team of experts from Cisco and their decision is deemed final.
  • All proposals will be judged on the following basis:
    • Innovation (35%)
    • Leveraging the AXP platform (35%)
    • Feasibility (20%)
    • Project Plan and Documentation (10 %)

Phase 2

  • All implementations will be evaluated by a panel of experts from Cisco and other reputable organizations.
    • Functionality Coverage (30%)
    • Architecture (35%)
    • Demonstration of Product Capabilities (30%)
    • Documentation (5%)

Do you think that this challange is for you? Go to the Cisco AXP challange site, propose your project and if you win… remember me

Good luck!