A Description of Final Judging

Judges will read all the final reports after they are submitted on the second Wednesday in April. During a telephone conference call on Wednesday two weeks later, they will select about half a dozen teams as first-round finalists. These teams will present their work to the finalist judges on the following Monday morning. During the time that these teams are presenting to the finalist judges, all of the other teams will be making their 30 minute presentations to the Expo judges. At the completion of these Expo presentations, a few more teams will be selected to make presentations to the finalist judges. At the completion of judging, the finalist judges will select first and second place, honorable mention, and determine other awards.


Finalist team judgingThe final judging for projects is held in April. The Supercomputing Challenge judging panel is made up of scientists and computer professionals who work in New Mexico's universities, government laboratories, and businesses. Teams are encouraged to write to Consult if they would like to discuss their work after judging is completed.


Finalists should prepare their presentations as if they were presenting to a totally fresh audience, or as if it were a presentation at a conference. The Finalist Judges do not base scoring of the final presentations only on the papers submitted.

Finalists should bring the Scientific Poster developed for the Expo to Final Judging. This gives the Judges another opportunity to study your work.

The finalist teams make 25-minute presentations of their projects to the full panel of judges on the day before the Awards Ceremony. During each finalist team's presentation, the various members of the team describe the project, demonstrating their teamwork and shared work responsibilities. See Preparing Effective Visual Aids.

There will need to be a few minutes remaining at the end of the 25-minute session to allow for questions from the judges. Try to imagine what questions the judges might ask. If you can't include that information in your presentation, be sure to prepare answers in case the questions are asked. Decide ahead of time what topics will be covered by which team members.

Teams needing connectivity to the Internet need to contact Consult. A PC and computer projection system will be available. Teams need to let Consult know if they have special requirements. PowerPoint is loaded on the PC. Teams are welcome to bring their own laptops.

Each team has 15 minutes before judging to prepare and make sure everything is working. A Consultant will be available to help iron out problems. At the end of the 15 minutes the judges will come into the room and judging will begin. At the end of the presentation and questions, the judges will move to another room. Your team needs to get your presentation materials packed up and out so that the next team can get ready.