Judging Criteria

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The DisTec Undersea Challenge invites innovators and progressive organisations to showcase their solutions which can positively impact the future of undersea defence.

This must be a product launched within the last 18 months or a concept currently in development.

Our expert judging panel will evaluate entries in a competitive 'digital' environment, based around the innovation assessment criteria below. Judges will grade each domain out of 10, yielding a total score of up to 30 points.

High-scoring entries will proceed to the Grand Final on 30 June 2021.

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Entry requirements >>

Entries are free of charge.

Required Materials

Companies or individual contributors are invited to submit an entry to the DisTec Undersea Challenge, comprising:

  • Video: 3-5 minute ‘pitch’ (filmed on a smart phone is acceptable!)
  • Written: 100-word summary
  • Supporting materials: Up to 5 x PowerPoint slides containing further information, such as user applications, customer/partner feedback (if applicable), case studies, images and so on

The application window will open shortly.

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Assessment criteria

1) Desirability

Does the customer want it; do you have evidence of end-user buy-in? 

How is it linked to known challenges in defence or security domains?

What impact will it have on performance?

Do benefits significantly outweigh associated costs?

2) Feasibility 

Is it technically, scientifically and practically achievable?

Is it scalable?

Is it novel and unique within the defence and security arena?

Does your team possess relevant expertise and experience?

3) Viability

Can it reach the market in a realistic timeframe, factoring in testing, accreditation and trialling requirements?

Has it been designed in a sustainable way?

Can it be integrated with existing systems?

Does it have dual-use capability to meet needs of multiple market segments? 

Judging Panel

Details of the independent judging panel will be published shortly.


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