Awards info for shortlisters

Help us find the very best digital products

Hello Shortlisters!

Thank you for helping us find this year's Finalists for the Apps for Good Awards, we really appreciate it.

We ask Experts and partners to help us review, rate and find the very best digital products from hundreds of entries. Winners are then chosen by our virtual panels of Dragons.

An overview of the shortlisting criteria

We are looking for solutions that demonstrate innovative thinking and stand out from the rest. Finalists and winners are selected by our shortlisters and judges from our industry partners.

Our shortlisters are asked to:

  • Provide constructive feedback via an optional comment box
  • Rate submissions based on the three things below

1. Idea

How well does the solution address the problem?

Shortlisters are looking for an innovative and thoroughly developed solution addressing a clearly defined and researched problem.

2. Product

How well do the features and prototype bring the idea to life?

Shortlisters are looking for thoughtful and user-centered features and an excellent working prototype.

3. Overall project

How well presented and clear is the overall project?

Shortlisters are looking for projects that are professionally presented and clear throughout.

Photo - primary students pitch to Dragons
Photo - Booksy team pitches at the Awards

What you need to know before reviewing entries

We have created a pack to support you in helping us find the best student entries. The pack will help you to understand what we are looking for, and how to review and rate an entry.

Download the shortlisting guide now: Google Docs, PDF

Typical questions from our shortlisters

Why should I help shortlist?

Our student teams have worked hard to build digital products. You can help provide real-world feedback to budding young creatives and engineers.

How do I become a shortlister?

You can sign up as a shortlister here. We also invite all Experts to shortlist too, so if you're keen to volunteer more regularaly, sign up as an Exert.

What if I lost my invitation email?

Email us and we will re-send the email which contains your unique shortlisting link.

When does shortlisting start?

Shortlisting will take place in May this year.

How does shortlisting work?

Shortlisters review projects online and rate each submission. See an overview of the criteria above. If you decide to help shortlist, futher guidance to help you rate projects will be provided.

What will I need in order to shortlist?

Just a few minutes of your time, a computer and a pair of headphones.

What happens after shortlisting?

We review the top rated projects, then select three Finalists for each category.

Where are the Awards?

This year due to COVID-19 we have moved the Awards to a completely virtual experience. Winners will be announced on our social media channels on 23rd June 2021.

How do I ask a different question?

Just email our education team and we'll do our best to answer your questions.

Interested in shortlisting entries as a team?

Some of our corporate partners enjoy shortlisting and reviewing student projects. It’s a great team building activity and insightful for employees to see innovative ideas from young minds. To learn more about how to get involved with these shortlisting sessions, as well as other opportunities to engage, visit our page for partners or email