The following judging criteria are used for the Primary Prizes (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and Honorable Mentions) in all divisions, during both the initial Selection Process and at the Final Competition
You will need to include information about each of these criteria when submitting your idea for consideration.
- Describe your intended audience.
Provide information such as age, location, occupation, income level, etc.
- Explain how your idea solves a problem or addresses an unmet need.
- What makes your idea new and exciting?
- If this is an improvement for an existing idea, how is it better?
- What makes your idea stand out above the rest?
- Is there already a US patent for a similar idea?
- What has your research shown about similar ideas?
- What feedback have you received on your idea?
- What are the next steps for your idea to be taken to market?
For example: write a business plan, create a prototype, find investors, etc.
- Could this be made on a larger scale?
- Why does your idea have potential to be successful?
- How is your idea financially sound?
- What economic value will your idea create?
- How professional is your presentation?
- Do you grab the audience’s attention?
- Is your idea idea clearly presented?
- How well do you answer questions from the judges?
The following judging criteria are used for the Kicker Prizes for the Main Division, during both the initial Selection Process and the Final Competition. Kicker Prize winners will be selected from among the top 20 ideas that advance to the AIC Final Competition. Competitors are eligible to win any of the Kicker Prizes in addition to one of the top prizes (1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th place) – that is, winning a top prize does not disqualify a competitor from also winning a Kicker Prize.
If you wish for your idea to be considered for a particular Kicker Prize, be sure to include information about the relevant criteria as outlined below.
Alaska College Student Kicker Prize
This $2,000 prize incentive, called a “kicker,” will be awarded for the best idea submitted by an Alaska college student. In addition to the Primary Prize Judging Criteria, the competitor must be able to show proof of current enrollment in at least one class at any college or university in the state of Alaska during the fall semester of 2017.
Arctic Kicker Prize
This $2,000 prize incentive, called a “kicker,” will be awarded for the best arctic-related idea. In addition to the Primary Prize Judging Criteria, this prize will recognize a new innovation that is sustainable, efficient, and makes living in the arctic easier.
Example of existing engineering innovations:
1) Stabilizing a building with thermal siphon, flat loops
2) Using ground loops to preheat intake air for building re-circulation
3) Use large rock for roadway embankments (Air Convection Embankments (ACE)) to keep the sub-grade frozen
Recycling Kicker Prize
This $2,000 prize incentive, called a “kicker,” will be awarded for the best recycling-related idea. In addition to the Primary Prize Judging Criteria, this prize will recognize a new innovation for a product, service, or process that encourages or utilizes the reduction, reuse, and/or recycling of solid wastes.
Examples of recycling innovations:
1) Trex decking combines sawdust from reclaimed wood and recycled plastic from a number of sources to create the composite material used in its products (more info)
2) Scientists and textile firms have found a way to turn worn-out cotton into rayon, resulting in the first-ever dress made from recycled cotton (more info)
3) Precious Plastic is crowd-sourcing plastics recycling by sharing plans for a machine to recycle plastic waste locally (more info)