A Description of Final Judging
Judges will read all the final reports after they are submitted on the first
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 20 minute poster board presentations to the Expo
judges. At the completion of these 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.
The final judging for projects is held in Los Alamos.
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 poster presentation at a conference.
The Finalist Judges do not base scoring of the final presentations on the papers
Finalists should bring the Display Board Presentation 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
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
Teams needing connectivity to the Internet need to contact Consult. A
PC and computer projection system will be
available. Each room has a white board. 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.