Award Nominees and Winners are selected by members of The Academy from the best work entered through the Call for Entries. Evaluated against a number of criteria, the work undergoes a rigorous process to win the Award.
Associate Academy Members will independently inspect the thousands of entries submitted during the Call for Entries, rating each one based on its respective judging criteria. Every entry is evaluated by multiple Associate Academy Members. The top entries are then included on category-specific shortlists and further evaluated by Executive Judges of the Academy.
Executive Academy members with category-specific expertise further evaluate the shortlisted entries based on the category and eventually cast ballots to determine Honorees, Nominees and Winners. In the event of a tie, the Chief Judge casts the tie-breaking vote. Executive Academy members may not vote in any category in which they have a conflict of interest Due to the fact that only five (5) nominees, including one (1) winner, can be chosen for each category, other entries that are worthy of recognition are eligible to receive special commendation from the Academy as Official Honorees. No more than 15% of entries can receive the Official Honoree distinction
The award seeks to highlight technology-enabled innovation within each vertical, and offer recognition for entries in the following criteria
Examples could be process innovation, organizational change management/transformation, business or marketing innovation, human-centric customer innovation, innovation in hardware/software, telecommunication, IT services and consultancies, HR/Finance and operational innovation. The winner in each category must demonstrate the use of technology or process innovation to drive growth or achieve leadership position in their industry. These innovators or enterprises have successfully honed a culture of innovation and utilize technology to bring about disruptive/transformational benefits internally to the organisation and externally to its partners and customers.
The Judging Executive Academy will review all submissions and shortlist nominees which will be made available for public voting in an online poll and via sms short code. This is to give consumers of technology innovation an opportunity to participate. To ensure a wide participation the awards will be vigorously advertised on both traditional and new media. There will also be pullouts in the dailies.
The public is to vote using the following criteria