Format & Judging Guidelines

There are two rounds of e-Fest judging:

  • Online Round Mar 12 – 21, 2021   Judges work independently
  • Live Presentation Rounds April 22 – 24, 2021 in Minneapolis, MN   Judges work in panels of 4 or 5

Online Judging Round

The field of competitors needs to be narrowed to 25 finalists! Online Judges will review the video and slides for a batch of up to 10 student team ventures. The judging rubric has nine criteria, each with a 5 point scale (from excellent to poor). The goal is to identify teams with the most compelling venture pitches and ideas, and which could compete most effectively if invited to the live presentation rounds.

More Instructions for Online Judges


Live Presentation Rounds (in April)

The Top 25 Finalists will deliver live presentations to panels of judges in the morning, in order to determine the top 5 teams that will vie for the championship in the afternoon. The format for the live judging rounds for each team is:

The Saturday morning finals rounds will take place from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Schulze Hall. All judges should arrive by 7:55 a.m. in Schulze Hall Atrium (first floor).

During the live presentations, students can show prototypes, products, etc (as long as the items are safe and don’t make any mess!). The judging rubric for the live presentation rounds has one key difference, which is the quality of the presentation.