THE JUDGING PROCESS

Our judges comprise of an independent panel of senior representatives from end-user organisations, consultants and key industry players. Judges are split into groups and are assigned to categories, carefully selected by the editors of Electronics Weekly. Judges sign Non-Disclosure Agreements and must declare any association or involvement with any of the entries.

To ensure a rigorous, fair and transparent judging process, we undergo two judging stages:

Part 1: Independent online judging

The judges individually study all the submissions received in their allocated categories. Each entry will be independently scored by the judges against the category's specific set criteria. Judges do not confer or discuss entries at this stage and the process is completed entirely independently of each other. Once the remote scoring is complete, scores are collated and the highest scoring submissions go through to the second stage - the Judging Days.

Part 2: The Judging Days

Judges separate into groups based on their specific expertise. A second round of judging will then commence, whereby the highest scoring entries from the first stage are each discussed at length and reviewed in-depth until a winner for each category is agreed. Judging discussions can go on for any length of time, depending on the length, uniqueness and breadth of the shortlist.

THE SCORING

The transparency and security of the judging process is hugely important to us.

For that reason, every judge signs a Non-Disclosure Agreement and all judges meetings are held in private, confidential environments. All scores are collated and verified to avoid anomalies and are then averaged to determine the winner.

The Elektra Awards team plus an independent panel of moderators supervise the judging process to identify and avoid any risk of bias and judges are asked to recuse themselves where they have a personal or professional interest.