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Judging criteria

In evaluating entries, the panel of judges will consider how well your idea addresses the Challenge Statement below:

"We are looking for ambitious and innovative products, technologies and services that enable people living with Dementia to remain connected to the people and places around them and to maintain their identity.

Ideas should recognise that everybody is an individual with unique past experiences, interests and abilities.

We are particularly interested in solutions that will work now and for future generations, incorporating technology as part of everyday living."

All entries will be assessed against the Judging Criteria. The same criteria will be used for all stages of judging for the Challenge Prize including the shortlisting of finalists and determining the winner of the £100,000 prize.

Judging criteria 

Criteria 1: Innovation
Ideas should be new, adapted or repurposed tools, programmes, technology or digital solutions that can bring about a step change in the quality of life for people with dementia and their network of friends and family.

Judges will be looking for:

  • What makes the proposal innovative
  • Who will benefit from the idea and why the idea will make a significant improvement to the lives of people living with Dementia in Essex

Criteria 2: Person Centred and Impactful
Entries should demonstrate an appreciation that each person living with Dementia is an individual and consider how the impact of their idea can be measured.

Judges will be looking for:

  • A person centred idea
  • A clear plan that will involve Essex residents, their families and carers in the development of the idea.
  • Entries that demonstrate how the impact of the idea will be measured and evaluated.

Criteria 3: Affordability and Usability
Entries must demonstrate affordability and ease of use for people living with Dementia.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence that the solution is practical and can be used by people living with Dementia in Essex and represents value for money
  • Ideas that can respond to the changing condition of people living with Dementia.

Criteria 4: Potential for Growth and Sustainability 
Entries should set out plans to increase the scale of the idea beyond the pilot stages of the Challenge Prize.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Ideas that can be replicated or scaled up to ensure the impact is maximised
  • A plan for future sustainability including a clear idea of revenue and /or a plan for attracting investment and funding
  • An understanding of the potential market for the idea.

Criteria 5: System Fit
Entries should acknowledge the current and future demands on health and social care services and how their idea fits alongside the current range of statutory and community support on offer to people living with Dementia.

Judges will be looking for:

  • An understanding of how the idea compliments or enhances other solutions already available
  • Ideas that work for people living with Dementia now but also have the potential to support future generations
  • How the idea will reduce or avoid costs within the Dementia system.