* Ask for $25,000 instead of $15,000
* Hold three events on the same weekend, in Silicon Valley, Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; and Bangalore, India; with $5,000 going toward each of the first two and a few thousand for the last. The money would include a leader for each site.
* Dinners on the Fridays for the techies, local journalists and community residents.
* Prize of $7,500 to the group with best project.
* Discussion to choose projects would start online for at least a week before the events.