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Judging Criteria

The Texas Instruments Innovation Challenge: Europe Design Contest 2016 involves two rounds of judging:

  • First Round: Each design report will be judged by at least two competent TIers, who are experienced in the category the project is participating in. There will be seven winning teams per category selected from Round 1 (Automotive/Industrial/Innovation).
  • Second Round: The seven winning teams per category from the first round will automatically proceed to the second round of judging. These teams will compete against each other to win the “Chairman’s Award” of their respective category. Each of these twenty-one design reports will be judged by a panel of three judges: a university professor, a competent non-TI industrial professional and a TI expert in the field involved that wouldn’t be associated with the university competing.
In both rounds, the total score that the judges give each design report will determine the winning teams in the category. All judges for the contest are required to be fair and impartial.

Below are the judging criteria which each design report will be marked against during both rounds of the contest. The reports are judged based on 6 different criteria, on a scale from 0-10, where scores can be any number between 0-10. Each criterion is worth a maximum of 10 points, with 10 points being exceptional, 5 points being average and 0 points being no competence.

Idea / Concept / Originality

When thinking about a new idea, keep in mind that you will need to solve a problem that has not been addressed before or plan alternative clever ways of solving an engineering problem of today.

  • 10 Points: An original and ingenious idea showing a new effective way to solve a problem.
  • 5 Points: An average concept that other people have used before but new ideas have been added.
  • 0 Points: An idea used many times in the past with well-known applications.

Engineering

Once your team’s idea is ready, you will need to look at your project from a systems perspective. What are the blocks needed to complete your design? This is your chance to show your engineering skills!

You might want to get inspired by looking at many of TI reference designs: www.ti.com/tidesigns > search by application (e.g. Automotive, Factory Automation and control, Building Automation, Industrial, Lighting, etc.)

  • 10 Points: An original and ingenious idea showing a new effective way to solve a problem.
  • 5 Points: An average concept that other people have used before but new ideas have been added.
  • 0 Points: An idea used many times in the past with well-known applications.

Suitability to the category

  • 10 Points: The project is suitable to participate in the registered category, addressing and solving a problem in the Automotive/Industrial/Innovation field (see categories description for more info). Design constraints and industry specific requirements of the focused end-equipment are taken into account. The design is close to a market release.
  • 5 Points: The project could concern the category as well as other categories (Automotive/Industrial/Innovation). It is not obvious if the project could serve better this category or another one through another application. The specificity of the category in terms of design and constraints are partially taken into account. The end-equipment should go through a redesign to be professionally produced.
  • 0 Points: The project is out of topic and is not taking into consideration the specificity of the design required to release the solution on the market deserved by this category.

Benefits of chosen TI tools/devices

  • 10 Points: Excellent analysis of TI tools/devices chosen and the benefits that they provide. Tools/devices chosen are the most appropriate available.
  • 5 Points: Good analysis of TI tools/devices chosen. Tools/devices chosen are a good choice but better alternatives could have been used.
  • 0 Points: No discussion of the benefits of TI tools/devices chosen. Poor choice of tools/devices and not suitable for application.

Report Quality

  • 10 Points: High quality design report that clearly conveys the chosen idea and work carried out. Relevant diagrams and illustrations are used. Design report is well structured and easy to understand.
  • 5 Points: Average quality design report with limited structure. Some diagrams and illustrations are used.
  • 0 Points: Low quality design report which is poorly written and structured. No diagrams or illustrations are used and design report is hard to understand.

End Result

  • 10 Points: Design developed and built by the team. Design worked and successfully met the objectives set out. The team even developed a hand-made prototype/working demo.
  • 5 Points: Design did not fully work. Clear analysis provided as to why the design did not work or meet the desired objectives.
  • 0 Points: Design is not built or is built but does not work. No analysis is proved as to why the design did not work or meet the desired objectives.