The Startup Weekend judging criteria is broken up into four sections. Teams are judged equally on the following:
- Business Model and Validation
Can this idea make money? Is there positive customer growth or revenue? Is there a customer acquisition / rollout strategy? Has a revenue model been defined and is it realistic? Is the idea/team ready for capital and execution? Would you invest in this company at this point? Did the team identify customers (demographic, location etc)? Did the team get out and talk to customers? What is the value proposition to customers? What channels of communication are used? Product/Market fit?
- Impact on Education
How well does this idea address a real, significant problems in education and learning? How is it based off of sound literature, research, and feedback? What evidence is there that the product or service will have the impact that it claims?
- Technical Execution
Is there a functional product (e.g.in the case of an app, did they build one)? Were architecture diagrams and API signatures included? Which services did they integrate with? How much of the product is running on a real server with non-sample data? For non technical products and services, is there an MVP sample?
- Design and Experience
Does it have a professional look and feel? Does it deliver a compelling and captivating user experience? Is it memorable? What key insights were gathered over the weekend to go in this creative direction?