All entries must be submitted through the online portal at www.ucc.co.ug/awards. Or www.acia.ug
The entries submitted online shall initially be subjected to a basic compliance check to ensure that they conform to the rules of the awards.
Entries that pass this stage shall then be assessed using the criteria below and winners in the various categories will then be chosen by a panel of judges.
- Creativity and originality – What is the new idea? Is the entry an improvement of an existing product, service or process?
- Significance, effectiveness and impact – What is the importance of the innovation? To what degree does it provide a solution to the problem it was intended to solve?
- Sustainability and feasibility,–How does the innovation optimally exploit the resources utilized in the production and consumption processes? What is its potential for successful implementation in the desired context/environment?
- Scalability or transferability– The degree to which the entry can serve as a model or to which its components, concepts, principles, or insights could be transferable to other initiatives
- Spark – Does the entry generate collective excitement for its originality, execution and potential benefits?
The judges may however utilise other supplementary and publically available information to inform their decision.
Shortlisted applicants may be called upon to physically defend their applications before the panel of judges during the evaluation process, and may also have an opportunity to showcase their innovations at an exhibition prior to the Award Gala.