Community College Innovation Challenge Boot Camp Judging Criteria
Performing proficiently during two activities will be essential to securing a spot in the winner’s circle at the upcoming Boot Camp. One of these activities is the Capitol Hill reception on Wednesday, June 13. The other is the formal presentation on Thursday, June 14. The overall effectiveness that finalist teams demonstrate through the combination of these two proceedings will determine the ultimate winner of this year’s Challenge. In other words, a team must perform well at both activities in order to win.
A distinguished panel of judges will adjudicate both events using criteria that assess the finalist teams’ abilities in skillfully representing their innovations during the Hill reception, and in convincingly conveying the merits, value, and potential of their ideas during Thursday’s formal presentations. These two events will be scored separately. The two scores will then be weighted—55% for the Capitol Hill event and 45% for the formal presentations—and combined to produce a total score.
Judges will be considering the following criteria during both activities.
For the Capitol Hill Reception
• Does the display:
o Identify a societal need;
o Demonstrate how the innovation satisfies this need;
o Communicate the innovation’s novelty, feasibility, and market viability; and
o Substantiate the innovation’s ability to produce measurable benefits?
• Does the team:
o Exhibit enthusiasm;
o Knowledgeably represent the innovation;
o Proactively seek out and engage with visitors;
o Ask questions of visitors and actively listen to answers; and
o Align their responses and interactions to the interests of the audience?
• Do the team’s interactions:
o Convincingly champion their innovation’s value and significance;
o Effectively explain the science behind, and the uniqueness of, their innovation;
o Make clear how society benefits;
o Express optimism and vision;
o Reflect positively on their team and their institutions; and
o Convey a roadmap for moving the project forward?
For the Formal Presentations
• Does the presentation:
o Clearly identify the societal problem, need, or opportunity that the innovation addresses;
o Concisely explain how the idea solves this problem, meets the need, or pursues the opportunity;
o Succinctly convey the benefits the idea can or will produce;
o Tell a complete story that persuasively signals the idea’s novelty, feasibility, and market viability;
o Reveal the idea’s uniqueness and differentiate it from other existing or possible approaches;
o Actively urge the listener to support further development of the idea;
o Acknowledge that the innovation results from the collaboration and contributions of the individual team members?