Innovation for Independence

Judging criteria

All entries will be assessed and judged by a panel of judges.

The successful finalist will be the one that best meets the judging criteria outlined below, based on impact.

Additional information is provided in the FAQs and Entry Form.


cog and arrowCriteria 1: INNOVATION

The idea should be new, adapted or repurposed products, services, systems and/or technologies.

What judges will be looking for:

  • Products, services or systems that demonstrate a new or adaptive way of solving a problem or introducing a completely new approach to solving the problem.
  • Or significantly different from solutions already available. New, aspirational, exciting, but practical.


Magnifying glassCriteria 2: INSIGHT and IMPACT

The entrant should demonstrate a real understanding of the situation that their idea is helping to address. We will also be considering the degree to which the idea makes life easier, and gives more choice and control to the user.

What judges will be looking for:

  • Who has defined the problem? If the entrant is non-disabled, is there an equal partnership with someone who has a lived experience of disability in co-creating the idea?
  • Does it address specific needs and is it likely to make a real difference?
  • An understanding of how it fits with solutions that are already out there.


Tick symbolCriteria 3: QUALITY and SAFETY

Entrants should demonstrate how the idea will meet required safety measures, as well as being high quality, ‘attractive’ and flexible to be used by a range of people with differing access requirements.

What judges will be looking for:

  • Desirable (wow factor) and functional.
  • Easy to use, safe and durable.
  • Potential for customisation to the individual.
  • User tested.


A bar chart going upwardsCriteria 4: GROWTH POTENTIAL

Entrants should consider the commercial and growth potential of the idea.

What judges will be looking for:

  • How easy would it be to replicate and take to market?
  • Consideration and research into a business model.
  • Clear identification of who it will be sold to and how they are going to be reached.


piggy bankCriteria 5:  AFFORDABILITY

The solution is accessible and affordable to a broad range of people. Entrants should consider who would buy this product and how much will it cost them to buy it.

What judges will be looking for:

  • Value for money.
  • Appreciation of the cost to make and comparison to existing solutions.
  • Consideration for materials used to produce.
  • How does this compare with other items on the market?

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