Judging Criteria

We will be listing the criteria that the apps will be judged on.

APP DEMO PRESENTATION: Win prizes and get acknowledged!

At the end of the Event weekend on Sunday, April 13, you and your team will have an hour to prepare a demo presentation on the LongmontHackathon stage. Entries will then be presented to the audience and judges.

What’s in it for you? We will have cash and other prizes for the top performers in various categories. The categories are still being determined but spending a weekend building something for the greater good might just pay off for you! So there is certainly some fortune at stake. Did we mention fame? You’ll be building a website or application that will be used by hundreds, if not thousands of people in the Longmont area!

Identify an issue or problem in the community and build a new tool or service to help alleviate that issue! Don’t know what to create? Don’t worry, we’re collecting app ideas from our community to get the ideas flowing. You may be surprised at how many people also share your concern! Post your ideas, vote for existing ones that you like.

Apps will be judged based on the criteria below and weighted accordingly.

  • 10% – user experience
  • 30% – increment/innovation
  • 30% – impact/potential/sustainability
  • 30% – sharing resource/collaboration

The decisions of the judges are final and binding. If we do not receive a sufficient number of entries meeting the entry requirements, we may, at our discretion, select fewer winners than described above.

In the event of a tie between any eligible entries, an additional judge will break the tie based on the judging criteria described above.

Limit one (1) Contest prize per person.

Prizes (unless otherwise noted, all prize money will be awarded In the form of cash or check to the team or individual.)

  • Best Civic Hackathon Overall App (Judging criteria below)
    • 1st Place – $1,500
    • 2nd Place – $750
    • 3rd Place – $500
  • City Council’s Choice App
    • $100 Best Buy giftcard for each team member or individual

  • ESRI Best Use of their API $1,000 
  • Constant Contact Best Use of their API $100 

The total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of all prizes: $2,750

Judging Criteria for the Best Civic App


user experience 10%

– 0 : not really intuitive or clear, sloppy

– 1 : usable but it is not intuitive without clear instructions

– 2 : usable and clear

– 3:  very intuitive, flow of app makes sense, clear, easy to use at first glance, professional/fun

increment/innovation  30%

–0 : there is already an existing project accomplished the same goal/functionality

–1 : the new code provides a better/faster/clearer way to attack the problem than the old one

–2 : the new code make something work that the old code failed to

–3 : the new project tackles a problem that has been overlooked/ignored in the past, or attacks a problem with a new angle / on a bigger scale / on a higher level

–4 : the new project attacks a new problem and provided a good solution

impact/potential/sustainability  30%

–0 : Problem is non-relevant to city government

–1 : App solves a relevant problem for city government, but it is hard to implement  or scale and the team does not have a clear plan to move the project forward

–2 : App solves a relevant problem for city government, and it is hard to implement or scale, but the team has a clear plan to move the project forward

–3 : App has a sustainable life-cycle and it is already working

–4 : App has sustainable life-cycle and it is already working, utilizes a well-established open source community supported framework and has multi-platform support

sharing resource/collaboration  30%

–0 : The project is isolated, uses a proprietary tool and the team has no interest in working with others

–1 : The team wants to collaborate but not yet doing it / don’t have a working plan

–2 : The project is open-source, the data-set is open to share, and the team provided a good API support / documentation for others to pick up

–3 : The project is a merged project from several previous existing projects, and the new project is working well

–4 : The project is a merged project from several previous existing projects, and the merging happened during the hackathon weekend