|1. Grade of innovation||0 – 20 Points|
|2. Operator benefit, Utility||0 – 10 Points|
|3. Passenger benefit, Utility||0 – 10 Points|
|Total:||max. 40 Points|
The amount of points that are assigned by a judge to each category should reflect overall satisfaction with the specific category demands.
Does the entry push the boundaries of what has been achieved before in its field of use? Does the entry solve a given problem in a completely new, innovative way? Does the entry include components designed of new, improved materials?
Does the entry completely and satisfactorily serve its purpose? Is it a relevant improvement to existing alternatives? Does it suit operators’ needs? Is the entry easy to use for the customer? Does it facilitate processes for the user in comparison to other products/concepts designed for the same purpose?
The process is marked by four steps.
1. All entries to the competition will be examined by the Crystal Cabin Awards Association Pre-selection Committee (PC). Entries that do not comply with the rules of the Award will be excluded. The PC may change the initial choice by the participant eventually. The committee will create a short-list of the best entries. All entries not included in the short-list will not participate in the competition. The CCA Association commits the applicant in his written document: a.) to explain, why the innovation in his product/ concept is unique in comparison to other products. b.) to provide information about a similar existing product/ concept as well as about its development status. If the applicant does not answer one of these questions, he will be asked to catch up on this within 3 days. Otherwise the members of the Judging panel will be asked not to give the full scoring in the first evaluation round.
After the pre-selection, all members of the Judging panel will be informed about: c). those applications that should be rejected to the mind of the pre-selection committee d). those applications that are critical. The Pre-selection Committee is asked to take the final decision by taking in account the Judging Panel Members’ opinions.
2. The short-listed entries will be evaluated by the Judging Panel using the application material. In the first round of the evaluation process the CCA Association will select a list of finalists by choosing the three entries with the highest scores in every category. Here the average value will be identified by dividing the sum of scores with the number of participating judges. Those Members of the Judging Panel, who are related to an applicant, have to abstain from voting referring the corresponding entry.
3. The three entries with the highest scores in every category will be presented by the competitors to the Judging Panel in Hamburg. The complete Judging Panel will be invited to Hamburg for the examination of the presentations. At least 1/3 of the full Judging Panel must be present in Hamburg. They have to decide upon their favorites by means of one winner vote. Those members who abstained from voting in single cases will have to abstain in the whole category of the corresponding applicants who reached the final. The finalists present their entries in a special show-room. Should it happen to be a tie in the runoff, then the average score of the first evaluation round, (when the finalists were determined in March), will be considered and the candidate with the total highest average score will be determined the winner.
4. After the final evaluation of the scoring cards the winners of the eight categories are presented to the Judging Panel.
For the first scoring process only digital data is used. During the final scoring process participants have to present their entries in Hamburg. Judges must have the opportunity to examine an entry physically at this stage. Entries that do not include a product, such as conceptual innovations, are excluded from this restriction. The same applies to the finalist who entered a product which is too complex as an exhibit in the seminar room as e.g. a complete cabin.