Semi-finalists, finalists and the Challenge winners will be determined based on a composite score. That score will be determined based on scoring from the panel of expert judges and Voto Latino staff. Judges and staff will use the following criteria:
- Idea Quality: Does the proposed project directly address or meaningfully engage a real world problem, issue, or question the Latino community is dealing with?
- Connected Learning: Does the proposed project and its implementation embed and advance the principles of Connected Learning in relation to the Latino community?
- Target audience: To what extent will the idea assist the Latino community?
- Plan: Is the plan for developing the idea realistic and within the allowable budget?
- Technology: Is the proposed technology readily accessible to the target community?
- Inspiration: Does the application show creativity, innovation, and passion?
- Goals: Are the goals of the project clearly articulated and realistic?
- Timeline: Can the proposed project be successfully undertaken in the allotted time of the VL Innovators Challenge?
- Judges for the initial and semi-final rounds include regional and national activists, community leaders, and experienced industry professionals whose advice and insights are trusted by Voto Latino and HASTAC staff. Judges for the final round of the Challenge will include celebrities and experts in digital media such as Rosario Dawson and Connie Yowell, Director of Education at the John D and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.