Many events these days include a live element where applicants appear before a panel of judges and pitch their idea, business plan, etc. Event administrators seasaw between the ease of evaluating on an online platform and the familiarity, on the judge’s part, of hard-copy judging. On the one hand, online scoring allows for real-time results, easy reporting and instant feedback for applicants. On the other hand, judges can sometimes be stuck in their ways (think “We’ve always done it on paper) and may not be jumping for joy over a new system. However, the old pen-and-paper routine leaves a lot of room for human error in the ways of scoring (what if you add them up wrong?), collecting (what if you lose one?) and sharing feedback (how are you going to give the feedback to the applicants? Mail them a copy?).
Before you break out the No.2 pencils, know that competitions across the globe (big and small) are using online judging during live presentations. The only difference is, instead of double-checking that the printer has ink, you must check these 7 elements before the live portion of judging begins.