Winners of the Makers of More challenge will be those that have submitted a written description of a project, invention, solution and/or initiative which, in the opinion of the judges of the Makers of More challenge, best meets all of the following criteria:
Innovation: The best entries will be those where the entrant’s project substantially differs from other initiatives in the field. Distinctiveness and innovation will be given a high ranking by the judges. This does not necessarily involve inventing something entirely new. Rather, the project may comprise new products or processes, as well as new applications or hybrid combinations of existing tools. In other words, innovation can be present in new approaches to an old idea, or the application of an old idea to a different problem. Entries should describe how their projects are driven by original, ground-breaking ideas.
Social Impact: Entries should describe how the project builds stronger communities with more opportunities. Entries should reflect an understanding of the systemic barriers within the project’s specific context and should describe how the project impacts these barriers. Entries should explain how the project measures social impact through both quantitative and qualitative data. Entries that describe projects which are at an early stage may set out their anticipated social impact and how they plan on measuring it.
Sustainability: Entries should include a clear plan for reaching long-term goals and securing financial backing. They should describe not only how the project is currently funded but also how it will be funded in the future. All entries should also include a realistic time frame for the implementation of the project. The most successful entrants will demonstrate that they have strong partnerships and support networks to address on-going needs and to aid in scalability and the maintenance of a clear financial strategy.