Judging Criteria

Judging Criteria


All entries will be evaluated according to the following seven criteria. The criterion are differently weighted, depending on the submission category.


Criteria and weight by category

CriterionOpen Category 
Student Category 
Biomimicry Process
20%
25%
Context and Relevance
20%
20%
Social and Environmental Benefits
15%
15%
Feasibility
15%
10%
Creativity
10%
10%
Communication and Presentation
10%
10%
Team
10%
10%

Detailed Criteria

Biomimicry Process

  • How well do you demonstrate and document an understanding of function and biological strategies?
  • Did you effectively identify relevant biological strategies applicable to your design challenge?
  • Did you identify multiple biological strategies before identifying the most relevant strategies for emulation? How did you determine and prioritize the strategies most relevant to your design?
  • Did you identify any deep/overarching patterns among the strategies you identified?
  • How well do you show a clear connection between a biological mechanism, process, pattern, or system, and how the design concept submitted emulate that natural model or models?

Context and Relevance

  • How well do you define your specific challenge/problem?
  • How well do you understand the context, design criteria, and constraints of the challenge you decided to work on?
  • What are the benefits/impacts that your design concept has on your specific challenge/problem?

Feasibility

  • Does your design concept represent a promising technology and/or solution? (i.e. show evidence of preliminary market understanding or research)
  • Have you talked to appropriate stakeholders (customers, end users, strategic partners, etc.) or in any way assessed or documented the likely feasibility and impact of your design concept?
  • Open category only: Have you investigated potential prototype concepts and identified the next steps needed to take  to move your design forward? (i.e., towards the prototyping phase?)

Social and Environmental Benefits

  • Will adoption of your design lead to significant social, cultural, and/or environmental wins? E.g., does your design concept improve accessibility for a percentage of the population; help low income populations meet basic needs; address product lifecycle effects on the environment; address issues of toxicity, reduced material usage, and waste reduction; etc.
  • How well do you understand and address the underlying sustainability problems you aim to solve?
  • Have you articulated and defined any sustainability problems?
  • Have you provided more than shallow evidence of how your design concept will address sustainability concerns?
  • How have you applied nature's unifying patterns in your design?

Creativity

  • How novel is the innovation and/or biological inspiration?
  • If something like your design concept has already been proposed, does your solution offer significant comparative advantages or greater depth to the emulation?

Communication and Presentation

  • Do your submission materials (e.g. presentation document, video, etc.) provide a clear overall description of the biomimicry process you followed?
  • Do your submission materials describe/communicate well your proposed design concept?
  • Is the value proposition clear?
  • Do you support your design arguments with relevant, properly attributed data/information to enhance your credibility?
  • Are your visual materials (e.g. design concept sketch rendering and video) informative, and clear in how they describe your design concept?

Team

  • Have you sought out experts and mentors as needed?
  • Is your team interdisciplinary and does it have the right skills to address the specific challenge selected?
  • Open category only: Is your team clearly motivated to continue working on this solution beyond the design concept stage?
  • Open category only: Do you have the key people (team members, advisors) and core capabilities (interdisciplinary backgrounds/expertise) you need to move on to the next phase of the competition? If not, are you seeking outside assistance to fill those gaps?

Optional:

The following additional criteria apply only to teams that have elected to compete for the Living Product Prize

Living Product Potential

  • How well the team demonstrates and documents an understanding of the Living Product Challenge Program.
  • How the team plans to tackle Net Positive impact both on-site and within the product Life Cycle for the impact categories of Water, Energy, and Climate.
  • How effectively the team addresses issues of material health and responsible material sourcing.
  • How well the team meets the Specific Petals and Imperatives within the Living Product Challenge.