You will be expected to evaluate up to five (5) products in any one of your preferred categories. All demos are conducted virtually and take approximately 45-minutes to 1-hour per product to review. Budget six (6) hours of time for judging between reviewing demos and completing the evaluation. Product assignments will be sent to judges the week of February. Please review your product assignments in the judge dashboard as soon as they are received and notify the Awards Director if you see any conflicts of interest or are no longer able to participate.

Every single entry for the CODiE Awards receives a detailed review by two expert judges via live demo (for product categories) or detailed written or video response (for the leadership categories).

In the first round, Judges review and evaluate products. Top-rated products are elevated to the second round as “finalists.” Next, finalists peer reviewed by SIIA members and a team of experts, providing even more exposure and feedback for your product.

The scores of both rounds are combined to determine the winners, which are announced during a special awards celebration.

Step 1: Nominate by February 10.

Once your nomination is submitted and paid for, you are officially entered!

Step 2: First round (expert) review

This accounts for 80% of the overall score

Starting February 27 – nominees will be emailed a link to access judge assignments and review entry information. There are two judges assigned to each nomination so be sure to contact your judges asap to start arranging demos – especially if you are entered in many categories. The demos can take time to coordinate and we recommend using a scheduling tool to help with the process.

NOTE: some judges (especially teachers) prefer recorded demos. Please do your best to accommodate, they are volunteering their time and often in classrooms during business hours. We have participants based all over the world so recordings help accommodate various time zones too.

Once you’ve completed demos with the judges, the judges will then score each entry against the category specific criteria and finalists will be announced May 10, 2023. All nominees will be notified if their entry was a finalist by May 10, 2023. Finalists are provided next steps and PR materials to help promote their finalist status! How finalists are determined.

Step 3: Second round review.

This accounts for 20% of the overall score

Finalists then receive a second round peer review by select first round judges and SIIA members. This is a quick review of materials provided in the entry (your video or written response, nomination description and URL) and accounts for 20% of the score. No additional demo is required.

Step 4. Celebrate!
Winners will be announced virtually June 21&22, 2023. Stay tuned for details!

Called “the Oscars” of the tech industry, the SIIA CODiE Awards have honored top companies, products and people as leaders in innovation and excellence since 1986. When you think about the tech industry, the most famous pioneers like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates won CODiEs, but anyone working in tech is eligible to be nominated. Because we’re the only peer-reviewed award, winners are literally being recognized as the best of the best by your peers! Nominate someone (or yourself today!)

Yay! We couldn’t have the CODiEs without our awesome judges. Sign up now!

CODiE Awards judges represent education and business technology leaders looking to learn more about top technology products and leadership within the industry. Judges include teachers and administrators in ed tech categories and executives, product leaders, tech engineers, investors, and consultants in business technology categories.

Before applying, read our terms & conditions for judges. We encourage you to select the top categories you feel most qualified and most interested in reviewing.

NOTE: some categories receive over 100 applications so we cannot always assign all qualified/ approved judges products. Priority is given to past judges with outstanding feedback, and to those who apply first.

You will receive a confirmation email as soon as your application is received. You will be notified as soon as the application has been reviewed, usually within a few days. If you don’t receive this email, please check your spam filters and safelist codieawards@siia.net

Everything you need to know to become a CODiE judge can be found right here.

  • Be Responsive to nominees. Life is busy now more than ever. Please respond to nominees as quickly as possible regarding scheduling a demo. If for any reason you are not able to continue judging, please notify the Awards Director immediately as well as each nominee assigned to you and your product assignments will be reassigned.
  • Plan ahead: Keep deadlines in mind so you are not scheduling demos or submitting scores at the last minute and please block your schedule for 1 hour for each demo.
  • Be proactive: Nominees are expected to contact you, but you are welcome to be proactive and contact them with a short introduction message and suggest dates and times that work for you for each one-hour demo. Outline your preferences on demo times, what you would like to focus on and how you’d like to receive information.
  • Be professional: Remember that you are representing an international and prestigious awards process. Your interaction with nominees before, during and after the demo should be respectful and professional.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Contact the awards director, immediately if you are uncomfortable or confused about what to do.
  • Keep an eye on time. Make sure you are clear and reconfirm when the demo begins and how long it will go. Each demo may be up to one hour long. If a nominee tries to schedule longer, please notify the awards director.
  • Complete your evaluations immediately. Don’t wait for days afterwards to enter your scores! Plan to take 15 minutes to enter them when they are fresh, right after the demo. Your scores play a large part 80% of the company’s score. Provide detailed high quality constructive feedback for the nominees to bring to their teams.
  • Be prepared. Familiarize yourself with the judging criteria and your assigned products BEFORE the demo. When judging the products skip any criteria that are not relevant to the product. The product will not be penalized. We recommend reviewing the judging criteria with the nominees before the presentation begins so everyone is on the same page.
  • Follow up with questions. Ask each assigned nominee how they would like clarifying questions handled throughout the presentation. Be sure to follow up via email on any additional questions you may have about the product to allow you to judge.
  • Tech check. Be sure you have the appropriate login and software to view the demo/ presentation. If you opt for a recorded demo, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to review the demo and complete your scores.

As soon as you are approved as a judge you will receive tips and resources including badges for your email signature, ways to add the experience to your LinkedIn, and approval to join the judge LinkedIn group. Once your assignments are completed you will receive a certificate and small token of appreciation from the CODiEs team. If you need a letter of completion, please let us know.

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