Problem Definition: 40
How precise and relevant is the real world problem or opportunity? How interesting or difficult to resolve – functionally or technically – is the problem being challenged? For this criterion, we only focus on the problem challenged, not on the solution created to solve this problem.
[1: Problem is not defined 20: Problem is loosely defined, basically relevant 40: Well defined]
Solution Design & Innovation: 40
Does the solution approach a new problem, or look at an old problem in a new way? Is the solution completely innovative or does it rely on an existing concept/technology? Does the application impact a large number of people very broadly, or impact a smaller number of people very deeply? To which degree does the application actually solve the current problem?
[1: not so much, 20: good, 40 impressive solution]
Idea Viability: 40
Is the solution technically and marketplace viable? Would people use this product? Is this solution only theoretical or does it have a realistic application for commercial purposes? (Not necessarily here and now, but eventually in the future and/or for certain markets).
[1: not so much, 20: good, 40 impressive]
Will it work: 40
Does the solution have ether a board horizontal prototype demonstrating lots of functionality at high level or deep vertical prototype with deep functionality in one area. This is about assessing technical capability (or at least technical understanding) to be able to deliver. This might be to deliver a ‘hardware’ or ‘software’ solution.
[1: won’t work, 20: fair might, 30: very likely to work, 40 will definitely work well]