Approach & Innovation
“Is your entry form complete with as much substantial information as possible?”
We encourage our entrants only to publish entries when they have a substantial amount of information in them. It is difficult for our judging panel to keep track of all the incomplete entries. Please submit the most thorough entry form as possible.
"What about your approach is unique and innovative?"
Often times it is a struggle to write about a great idea or approach and express it properly. It may be mostly related to the fact that a lot of people don't seem to think that a new “approach” could be considered innovative. Please know that innovation doesn't necessarily have to be a new idea but that it can be a new approach to an old idea OR that the application of an old idea in a new way is exactly the type of stuff the judges are looking for.
Planning & Sustainability
“How are you planning on creating a demand for this product?”
This is mostly related to behavioral change. It’s always helpful if entrants can provide more details on how they plan on changing behavior, creating the market for a product or convincing people to adopt a new product through cultural and societal context.
"We're interested in learning more about your plans for financial sustainability. How are you planning on supplying the resources for this initiative?" (Financial sustainability)
This is the trickiest section of all. The judges are looking for strong partnerships and what the organization’s plans are for a constant method of sustaining itself. It’s a transformation of their finances so that they do not necessarily rely on external sources or remain solely donor-based, but have thought about an actual funding model. We usually expect in the “what could prevent your project from being a success” for entrants to put in their problem (ie: funding) and then discuss potential solutions to the problem.
“How do you plan on scaling your initiative to different countries?”
Entrants should think about how this model would translate beyond the current population that they service, into other cities, or states, or even into other countries. If it was applied in a different context, could it survive? The model should be attractive enough where people could see it being successful implemented in a completely different part of the world.
“How do you measure impact?”
The more numbers, the better. Here, your evaluation matters. If people can show an increase or decrease through percentages or describe their methodology, it’s extremely helpful. Also, they should be able to provide hard evidence of this impact. One entrant described his impact as: testing a project over and over again, how he tested it, as well as his thoughts about why it didn’t work those first few times. The judges responded really well to him describing his methods.