Judges are asked to evaluate projects on the basis of, in order of importance:
- Difficulty: given what you knew going in, how hard did you have to work to create your project?
- Creativity: how original and fun is your project?
- Polish: this is the "anything else" category, and includes things like having great UI, a tutorial level, etc.
Judges do not consider:
- How technically difficult the project is in absolute terms.
- Business plans, marketing collateral, or a pitch deck (except as part of "polish").
When does judging happen?
Judges walk around at 9am, before presentations. At least one judge will try each project, and talk to the team. Deliberation happens during presentations, so please don't create a presentation: it will only bore your friends and family.
Can beginners really win awards?
Yes! We've found that, in general, the skill of participants does not play a significant role in who wins awards.
Remember, judges do not look at the absolute difficulty of a project, but the difficulty for each particular team. Put another way, no one would be impressed at a pro athelete competing in high school basketball. To win an award, advanced teams must also push themselves outside their comfort zone