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.
Interested in being a judge, but need more information on the requirements and process? Visit our Info For Judges section.
- Assignment of First Round Judges
- Nominees Provide Judges with Product Access
- Nominees Demo Products for Judges
- Judges Complete Evaluations and Score Products
Between October 8 and November 2 (content categories) or October 22 and November 16 (software and education categories) 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.
It is each nominee’s responsibility to reach out to their assigned judges to coordinate delivery of product demos and 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 November 30 (content categories) or February 1 (software and education categories):
- Full copy of nominated product (preferred, if possible)
- Website URL and log-in information for online-only products
- Self-running CD Demo
- Self-running online demo access
- Beta versions of software will not be accepted.
- Gold masters are accepted, but not recommended.
- Judges are not required to sign Non-Disclosure Agreements.
Nominee must provide a guided demonstration of the product(s) that focuses on the category criteria supplied by SIIA.
When your nomination form is complete, SIIA will send you additional information and tips on preparing your demo. We advise nominees to start demo preparations in advance of receiving judge assignments.
Recorded demos are recommended. While we encourage nominees to interact directly with their judges, our panel is comprised of industry experts from around the world who volunteer their time. Schedules and time differences may make it difficult or impossible for them to coordinate live demos.
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.
Product demos must be completed by November 30 (content categories) or March 1 (software and education categories).
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 December 11 (content categories) or March 15 (software and education categories).
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.
Members will vote between December 17 and January 4 (content categories) or March 25 and April 5 (software and education categories)