TECHNICAL INNOVATION (IDEA)
Did the group come up with a good solution to the initial problem or challenge? Does it relate well with the themes? How does it relate with the current work of the NGOs? Did they understand the problem, and did they involve, for example, multiple stakeholders?
How creative has the group been in solving the challenge? Did they come up with a radical approach, or did they follow existing patterns and solutions?
Does the hack work? Is the hack testable, and can the group show the minimum viable product? The hack does not have to be perfect or production ready, but does the idea come to life with the demo?
Did the group think about the user interface (UI) and user experience (UX)? How well designed is their demo? How are the graphics and the human-computer interaction? Is it easy to use or does it require a lot of training to master the demo?
Even though it is a hackathon and the participants have a relatively short time to come up with a solution to a problem, the business model is something to raise the level of the final ideas. Criteria like feasibility, economic and societal value, and sustainability are also part of the judging form under the term “business model.” Is the idea feasible, does it have economic and societal value, and is it sustainable?
A good pitch and careful articulation of the idea is equally important as the execution itself. A great pitch can really help the jury panel to buy into your idea.