Judging Criteria

An anonymous panel of judges will review the first elimination round of entries, reducing the entries from all those received, to the top 25 via an online voting system.  The second round of judging will take place in Madison, Wisconsin via a parallel process of 3 to 4 judging panels (specific panel configuration will depend on entries received and logical track divisions where possible).  Finalists from the second round will compete on the final day of the contest in front of a new panel of judges to determine the $100,000 grand prize winner and the four $25,000 runner up prizes.

The judges will consider the following areas in your proposal:

  • Technology and risk assessment
  • Creativity and originality
  • Execution and strategy
  • Market and customer understanding
  • Team structure and dynamics
  • Financial feasibility
  • Social, environmental and food system impact
  • Long-term viability
  • Transdisciplinary approach

The decisions of the judging panels are final.  Please see the student information section on rules and submission requirements.