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Qualifications, Process & Expectations

Judge Qualifications, Process & Expectations

  • Before signing up to be a judge, please make sure you understand the judging process so you know what to expect and what your responsibilities will be. Please take a moment to read our Terms & Conditions of Judge Participation before completing your application.

  • Please take a moment to review the timetable for demos and evaluations to ensure you will have time to participate during that period. Following are important dates for judges.
    • CODiE Award Judge Info Session – January 25, 2017
    • Judge applications due – February 24, 2017
    • Product assignments will be sent to judges the week of March 6, 2017
    • Product demos completed – April 21, 2017
    • Judge evaluations are due no later than Friday, May 26, 2017

  • Once you submit your application to become a judge, you will receive a confirmation email informing you that we are in the process of reviewing your application. We will send you email advising you of your approval status once the application has been reviewed. We will try our best to assign you products in the categories you most want to judge. Note that some categories receive over 100 judge applications so we cannot always assign all qualified/ approved judges products. Priority is given to past judges and the order in which judge applications were received.

  • Product assignments will be sent to judges the week of March 6, 2017. Please review your product assignments in the judge dashboard as soon as you receive them and let Jenny Baranowski know of any conflicts of interest, or if you can no longer participate as one of our judges.

    Please note:
     Judges will have the opportunity to review their product assignments one week before nominees receive their judge assignments.

  • As a judge you will be expected to evaluate up to five (5) products in any one of your preferred categories. All demonstrations are conducted virtually and take approximately 45-minutes to 1-hour with questions per product. Nominees will reach out to schedule a live demo time with you, but you may also reach out directly to the nominees to schedule. Demos are to be completed by April 21. Demos may be conducted independently or with both judges on the demo if schedules align. Notify Jenny Baranowski immediately if you do not hear from your assigned nominees.

  • After each demonstration is conducted log into the judge dashboard right away to fill out your judge score sheet. This will take approximately 15-20 minutes total to complete.

Product Evaluations

  • Please remember that you are comparing each product to the criteria provided, and not against each other.

  • We recommend submitting your scores immediately after reviewing each individual product when the evaluation information is fresh rather than waiting until the end of the review period.

  • You may return to the judge dashboard to revise your scores at any point up to Friday, May 16, 2017.

Interacting with Nominees

  • Please be responsive to nominees. For whatever reason, if you are not able to continue judging, please notify Jenny Baranowski immediately as well as each nominee assigned to you and your product assignments will be reassigned.

  • Plan ahead. Keep deadlines in mind so you are not scheduling demos or submitting scores at the last minute.

  • When judging the products skip any criteria that are not relevant to the product.