In addition to the minimum requirements outlined above in the “Eligibility for Global Judging” section, Local, Global, and Executive Judges evaluate the projects according to the following standards:
- Impact: How much impact (quality and quantity) can this project have? Does it solve a big problem or a little problem? Will it inspire or help many, or a few?
- Creativity: How creative/innovative is the approach? Is the project novel and something that hasn't been attempted before, or is it an incremental improvement on something that already exists?
- Validity: Is the solution scientifically valid? Will it do what it sets out to do? Can it work in the real world?
- Relevance: Is this project responsive to the challenge for which it was submitted? Is it a complete solution or does it have a long way to go? Is it technically feasible? How usable or user-friendly is the solution?
- Presentation: How well did the team communicate their project? Were they effective in telling the story of the project: the challenge, the solution, and why is it important?
While many NASA Space Apps Challenge teams consider the first four judging criteria carefully and excel at developing solutions with great potential, remember to pay equal attention to the final criterion: presentation. We recommend devoting time and resources to developing your pitch and building a great story around your project. Be sure to recruit team members with diverse skills, including expertise in storytelling, design, and other skills to help document your project and share the value of your solution with the world.