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Scoring System

Scoring System


1. Customer benefit, Utility         0 – 20 Points

2. Grade of innovation                0 – 20 Points
3. Special characteristics            0 – 10 Points

Total:                                       max. 50 Points

Judges may not award half or quarter points. The amount of points that are assigned by a judge to each category should reflect overall satisfaction with the specific category demands.

Customer benefit, Utility:

Does the entry completely and satisfactorily serve its purpose? Is it a relevant improvement to existing alternatives? Does it suit customers’ 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?

Grade of innovation:

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?

Special Characteristics:

This particular category has been reserved for attributes that have not been addressed by other criteria. In this category jurors should judge by their personal expert-knowledge.

Evaluation Process

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 presen-tations. At least 1/3 of the full Judging Panel must be present in Hamburg. They have to decide upon their favourites by means of ranking only (by giving 5,3 and 1 point(s), which means that the highest score is give for the best application). All scores will be divided through the number of votes given for every finalist (by considering abstentions.) 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.

4.    After the final evaluation of the scoring cards the winners of the seven categories are presented to the Judging Panel. The judges have the right to change the winner of each category with a majority vote, if there is a tie. If two entries running for first place are in a tie, which means if the distance between the first and the second place is 1 point in the sum, all present Members of the Judging Panel will have to decide again in a direct selection of the winner using a 5-3 points scoring in order to finally determine the winner. In case there is a tie again between these two participants - the one with the higher score in the first round of the finals will be determined the winner.



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.

Overall Score

After all judges have finished the final viewing, all points for each entry will be added together. This overall score is determined for each category and each entry separately by dividing the sum of the scores with the number of the participating judges (including abstetions). The entry with the highest score will be awarded first prize in its category.


If two entries running for first place are in a tie, which means if the distance between the first and the second place is less than 1 point, all present Members of the Judging Panel will have to decide again in a direct selection of the winner using a 5-3 points scoring in order to finally determine the winner.

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