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Product Judging

The CODiE Awards are judged in two phases: a first round review in which each product is assigned to judges for evaluation, and SIIA Member voting on the finalists selected in the first round.

The ranks of first round CODiE Awards judges include industry executives and analysts, representatives of media outlets, bloggers, investors, and, for the education categories, educators and administrators. All it takes is a background that reflects an understanding of the broader market for a specific product type and a willingness to see the latest and greatest the industry has to offer.

First Round Expert Review: A 4 Step Process

  1. Assignment of First Round Judges
  2. Nominees Provide Judges with Product Access
  3. Nominees Demo Products for Judges
  4. Judges Complete Evaluations and Score Products

Judge Assignment

Starting on the week of December 1, nominees will receive information from SIIA on the judges that have been assigned to review their products.

Each product is reviewed by two judges. Individual judges are assigned to evaluate a maximum of five products in the categories they apply for.

It is each nominee’s responsibility to reach out to their assigned judges to coordinate delivery of product demos and access.

We encourage nominees to use Doodle to schedule meeting with judges.

Product Access

Nominating companies are required to provide judges with access to the nominated product(s).

Nominees must submit at least one of the following to all assigned judges by March 6:

Please note:

Product Demonstrations

Nominee must provide a guided demonstration of the product(s) that focuses on the category criteria supplied by SIIA no later than March 6, 2015.

We advise nominees to start demo preparations in advance of receiving judge assignments. Please refer to nominee best practices and tools below.

Live demos are allowed ONLY with the agreement of the judge(s). Nominees may not harass judges to view live demos. If a judge requires a recorded demo, the nominee must provide the judge with one. One demo may be scheduled for both judges simultaneously, if all parties are in agreement; it may be necessary to hold separate demos based on each judge’s availability. If you are unable to reach a demo method with your judge please contact Jenny Baranowski at jbaranowski@siia.net or 949.448.0545.

Content and Software Demos: If you are able to schedule a live demonstration, you are encouraged to do so.

Education Demos: Please remember that our judges are educators and administrators and it may not be feasible to coordinate a live demo with them so many will request a recorded demo.
Again, all product demos must be completed by March 6, 2015. If you fail to schedule a demonstration with your judge prior to this date your product may not get judged. If you are unable to reach your judge and/or having conflict with them please contact Jenny Baranowski at jbaranowski@siia.net or 949.448.0545.

Judge Evaluations

Once a judge completes examinations of the assigned products, s/he will be tasked with completing a scoring survey that has been based on a set of category-specific criteria developed by SIIA. After all judges have completed scoring for a product, the average score is calculated and used as the basis for qualification as a finalist.

Judges must submit their final scores by March 13, 2015.


Announcement of Finalists

Finalists are selected based on the scores from the review phase. The number of finalists selected is dependent upon the total number of nominees within a category. The selection is based on the following scale:

5 total nominations in a category = 3 finalists
6-10 total nominations in a category = 4 finalists
11-15 total nominations in a category = 5 finalists
16-20 total nominations in a category = 6 finalists
21-25 total nominations in a category = 7 finalists
26-30 total nominations in a category = 8 finalists
31-35 total nominations in a category = 9 finalists
36-40 total nominations in a category = 10 finalists
Finalists will be announced on March 25.

Second Round Peer Review: SIIA Members Vote

Once finalists are announced, SIIA members are tasked with reviewing the products and voting on what they believe is the best product in each category. Member voting counts for 20 percent of a nominated product’s overall score in the selection of winners; scores carried over from the first round review process accounts for the remaining 80 percent.

Only active SIIA Members may vote in the second round. Member companies are provided one vote per company in each category within their designated interest area.

Unlike the first round, the second round of the CODiE Awards is not an intensive product review, because SIIA Members are invited to vote in multiple categories over a shorter timeframe. Our members will use the profile information, videos and supplemental links provided by finalists to become familiar with their products.

Finalists are strictly prohibited from campaigning for votes during the second round of judging. Violations (direct outreach to SIIA members) will result in nominee disqualification from the competition.

Members will vote between March 30 and April 10.

Announcement of Winners

Winners will be announced in May and celebrated at a special CODiE Awards presentation during one of three events:

Education Categories: May 5, 2015
Education Information Summit, The Palace Hotel, San Francisco

Software Categories: Online Ceremony Broadcast, May 7, 2015

Content Categories: June 15, 2015
ABM & Information Industry Summit, Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC

Best Practices & Tools

Preparation for Your Demonstration

Larry LambertCODIE Award nominees are in a very enviable position. To nominate for an international award for a product that they have put in blood, sweat and tears is a big deal. Now comes the time when the rubber hits the road. Nominees have to become vulnerable and present their "baby" to someone they do not know and in such a way that this person will evaluate them in a positive and hopefully award-winning way. So, what is the most advantageous way to present your product demonstration to your CODIE judge? The answer is: "It depends!" This section will give you what we have found out to be the best practices in nominee orientation and presentation outcomes strategy that we know. There are two presentation methods depending on what your judge prefers; live or recorded demos. Live demos offer the opportunity of human element. You have the opportunity to impress the judge with not only your product but your professionalism and your personality. Recorded demos or temporary access to your product offer better flexibility for both you and your judge’s time schedules. This can be a great way for education companies to connect with their judges (who are educators) who tend to work during the day and do not have flexibility for live demos.

Demonstration Etiquette

A softer touch is always the best. Understand this is a presentation to a single or at the most, three people who are experts in their field. You are not trying to sell them your product but trying to showcase it in its best possible light. Price is never a part of the presentation nor a part of the evaluation process. Assume that your judge understands what you are talking about and take many opportunities to ask if he/she has any questions. Prior to presenting you may want to establish a method in which you are going to allow your judge to ask questions. Normally you will have three options:

  1. Hold all questions until the presentation is over.
  2. Have the Judge ask his or her questions as they come up.
  3. Establish a method to have the judge raise their hand so to speak and then wait until there is an appropriate time to answer their questions. Most of these can be done with the website by clicking on a symbol: a raised hand or others. This method allows the presentation to run smoothly and gives both the judge (es) and the presenter to get the information they need within the pace of your presentation.

Your presentation tone and delivery is decided by you of course. It is always wise to have an understanding who your judge is and what their personality is like. Are they formal or informal, a ‘details" person or more of an "idea" personality. You can find this out by having a short introductory conversation with them prior to starting your presentation. You want to relate to your judge in a personal way while maintaining your professional demeanor at an appropriate level.

How many people should give the presentation? 1, 2 or more people?

You determine how many people will be at your presentation. Keeping it as simple as possible for clarity and understanding of their evaluation of your product is key. Figure out how you would like to present and practice before presenting it to your judge so it seems seamless.

How to breathe life into your demo

This is your chance to show the passion you have for your product to another professional.

Your passion for your product will go a long way to impressing your judge. Show them how much you believe in your product and what great things it can do for the world of your category. Be excited without being disingenuous. Have fun with your demonstration and keep it light and airy. Be flexible, multifaceted and simple. You cannot teach your judge how to use your product but understand how to understand how good it is.