Judging Criteria

Community Benefit (20%)

The Community Benefit criterion indicates the degree to which a submitted project makes sustainability information, resources, or practices more personalized, usable, and actionable for all Buffalo residents.

Questions to consider:

  • Does the project demonstrate a clear benefit to the Buffalo community? 
  • Does the project demonstrate a clear benefit to the Buffalo community? 
  • Will it show value to someone? 
  • Will it benefit the local community, environment, and/or economy as a whole? 
  • Will consumers actually use this app?

Creativity/Novelty (20%)

The Creativity/Novelty criterion indicates the degree to which a submitted project exemplifies innovative, creative, forward-thinking ideas to support sustainability.

Questions to consider:

  • Does the entry have characteristics that make it unique? 
  • How does it compare to other solutions of its type? 
  • Does it engage its target audience with appealing content?
  • Does it endeavor to tackle a community issue in a creative and thoughtful way?

User-Friendly Design (20%)

The User-Friendly Design criterion indicates how positive the emotional, cognitive and physical interactions are with the submitted project. 

Questions to consider:

  • Does the project communicate efficiently and effectively?
  • Is the solution polished? 
  • Is the interface clear and simple?

Functionality (20%)

The Functionality criterion gauges the level to which a submitted project  performs for a user. 

Questions to consider:

  • Does the app crash?
  • Does it result in any error codes? 
  • Does it work in a way the user would expect? 
  • Is navigation intuitive? 
  • Is it ready for the app store? 
  • Can it be implemented on a large scale? 
  • Is it accessible? 
  • Is it well-documented?

Demo/Description (20%)

The Demo/Description criterion evaluates the clarity and comprehensiveness of a submitted project's required demonstration or description.

Questions to consider:

  • Did the entrant clearly identify and describe a sustainability issue? 
  • Did they explain how this problem affects Buffalo residents?
  • Did the entrant describe their solution? 
  • Did they explain their project’s ability to solve the identified problem?