THE EVALUATION PROCEDURE IN VIDI E-NOVATION CONTEST

As the year before, the special Vidi e-novation jury were provided with a set of clearly defined rules of evaluating all applied products and services. What was the criteria for the evaluation?

In the preliminary procedure, all the contesters had to meet the legal criteria set by lawyers engaged for the needs of Vidi e-novation contest and the entire evaluation procedure. Also, in this preliminary period, all the projects that were exclusively designed for the Croatian market, as well as those not based on high technologies and could not be classified as ICT, were eliminated from the contest.
The jury has evaluated each product and service according to the degree of inventiveness, technical excellence, business and production potential and social benefits.

Inventiveness
The maximum score in the degree of inventiveness was 10 points (minimum 1 point). The jury has evaluated on how innovativethe product (or part of the product) is on international terms, rather than regional. The jury had to evaluate the following: Is the product truly innovative or would it be named as such if presented on the international market? Are there any similar products on the international market? If the product is competitive on the intarnational market, does it include any special advancement in functionality or does it have other significant advantages when compared to the competition other than the lower price? Lower price of the product, unless it is not 2 or 3 times lower when compared to the similar producton the market and unless it doesn't affect the probability of the manufacturer, is not itself an innovation.

Technical excellence
The project could score from 1 to 5 points in¸this category. The jury evaluated the high tech and state-of-the-art competence of the projects.

Business potential
The jury had to establish and grade (scores 1 to 10) the following: What is the market potential of the product in the international market? To what extent does the product satisfy the needs of potential users? To what extent is the applicant business-oriented (according to the application text itself and/or applicant's website and/or public image)? How capable is the applicant, together with its potential partners and/or investors, to create a profitable product on the global market? The jury made an overall evaluation of the potential of a certain product to enable the maximum profit with the minimum risk and the minimum of invested time and money

Production potential
The jury had to evaluate (scores 1 to 10) on how complicated the production was; whether the product could easily be produced or replicated, how simple was it to get a wider range of alternative manu facturers for all parts of a product; whether any part of the product (especially hi-tech implemented parts such as the micro processor) depended on some monopolist or duopolist manu facturer and their price. The special criterion was how expensive and complicated the adjustment to other languages would be and are there any extenuating circumstances for the transport of the product etc.

Social benefits
The scores ranged from 1 to 5. The jury had to evaluate the nominees according to the following questions: Can most of the nominated products be produced in Croatia? Would the production generate employment in the area? Does the product require a new production niche or does it create a new market segment? Will the product provide any substantial benefits for the economy and Croatian society in general, e.g. in education, health care, equal access to information for all social classes, the production of healthy food etc.



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The members of the jury with the organizers of the
Vidi e-novation contest during the evaluation process
at the Ruđer Bošković Institute in Zagreb

 
Robert Slavečki, founder of the Vidi e-novation contest, prof. Slavko Vidović, Ph.D, Infodom, Ante Mamić, BICRO during the evaluation committee discussion
 
Prof. Karolj Skala, Ph.D, RBI, during the evaluation process
 
Damir Sabol, CRANE, Marijan Ožanić, Tehnološki park, prof. Franjo Jović, Ph.D, FER during the evaluation of applications
 
Hrvoje Prpić, Smee, during the evaluation
of Vidi e-novation applications
 
Evaluation commitee meeting for the Vidi e-novation
at the Ruđer Bošković Institute, November, 2008
 
Ante Magzan, T-Hrvatski Telekom and
Robert Slavečki, founder of the Vidi e-novation contest
 
 
 

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