Design for Change 2021

Judging

All judging will take place after the submission deadline. The submission deadline is on March 19th, 2021 at 5 PM ET. 

Judges will evaluate all submissions over the following few days, and we will announce the finalists on March 27th during the Closing Ceremony. The top 10 teams will give a live pitch to our finalist Judges. The winners announcement will be revealed during the closing ceremony and we will award prizes. 

Judging Criteria

Your submission will be evaluated on the following Judging Criteria:

      • Approach and Initial Research (30%)
      • Effectiveness (30%)
      • Innovation (30%)
      • Presentation (10%)

Solutions can be anything you like; a product, a software, a campaign, an app, etc., you are welcome to design and plan any solutions related to the challenge statement. Mentors will be available during the challenge period to help out along the way.

In telling us about what you did, please include information about the approach you took and the users that you designed this solution for.  Feel free to convey some of this information graphically through personas, empathy maps, or journey maps.  Tell us about any research you consulted or conducted to help you understand your users and their context. Describe your solution and how it will function.  Show us your prototype/mockups.  Tell us how you tested your design and what you learned from testing. 

You will be judged partially on your design thinking process, so make sure that you provide enough detail to show the judges that you engaged in a human-centric process from start to finish.  

% Criteria Expert (8-10 points) Proficient (4-7 points) Emerging (0-3 point)
30 Approach and Initial Research Explains why the selected approach was chosen.

AND

Frames the problem from a human-centric perspective. Describes research (interviews, surveys, published reports) that informed understanding of the problem.

AND

Provides graphic depiction of user context through empathy map or persona/s, or journey maps.
Explains why the selected approach was chosen.

AND/OR

Frames the problem from a human-centric perspective. Describes research (interviews, surveys, published reports) that informed understanding of the problem.

AND/OR

Provides graphic depiction of user context through empathy map, or persona/s, or journey maps.
Cannot explain why the selected approach was chosen.

AND

Fails to situate the selected approach from human-centric perspective. No research consulted or conducted.

AND

No graphic depictions of user context.
30 Effectiveness The designed solution provides a useful tool for solving the current problem. Great solution that exceeds needs and will have significant impact.

The solution will have a significant and meaningful impact to improve lives.

The prototype offers an engaging solution that creates a connection with the user.

Evidence that the prototype was tested and that the design was improved after testing.
The design solution provides some potential for meaningful impact.




Evidence that the prototype was tested but no improvements were made post-testing.
Solution does not align with challenges.

The solution has no potential for impact and is not useful

The prototype was never tested.
30 Innovation The degree to which the submission is clever, inventive, and/or skillful in concept and design. The solution is a unique idea that has value. Clever, inventive and skillful but not game-changing Concept or solution is not unique.
10 Presentation The presentation was clear and concise. Students kept to time limit for presentation and were well prepared. Most aspects of the presentation were clear and concise. Students went over their time limit or did not use all of their time. The presentation was difficult to understand or sloppy. Students were unprepared.

Submissions should include: 

A complete Submission shall include each of the following at the times set out in these Rules: 

      • Submission name
      • Short description of solution
      • PDF of PowerPoint presentation 
      • A video submission of the recorded pitch presentation (5 minutes)
      • A zip file containing supporting documents for your presentation and submission (optional)

How to submit? 

Review the attached submission guide to submit your solution online. 



Prizes

1st Place: $5,000 CAD

2nd Place: $2,500 CAD

3rd Place: $1,000 CAD




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