What the jury wants to see
During one of The Bobs’ jury conferences, a jury member heard about an initiative in a language he couldn’t understand but still reached to the immediate conclusion, “That’s amazing. It’s got my vote, because that’s exactly what we need in my country!”
That (true) story sums up what The Bobs are about: Finding out about something being done – sometimes far away and in a different language – that would be perfect for the place you live. And, in a nutshell, that’s what the criteria are for selecting the winners. There are, of course, other aspects that come into play, but it’s the international, multilingual nature of The Bobs and its international jury that set it apart from other blog and online awards and the winners will all have aspects that translate well to other cultures and across language barriers.
Depending on the category, some factors will be given more weight than others. Content, added value, design and functionality will all come under discussion during the judging process.
Here are the bullet points the jury will use in making their evaluations:
- The idea behind the blog, project or initiative and its implementation
- Relevance to society at large
- Audience-appropriate tone
- Language style
- Ongoing engagement with topics and users
- Transparency and authenticity
- Visual originality and skill at taking advantage of the possibilities offered by the Internet
- Site’s novelty / uniqueness
Jury members decide
This is clearly not a comprehensive list. The online world is constantly changing and developing. It’s up to The Bobs jury panel to use these points as guidelines and the basis for their evaluations, but it’s up to the jury member to make the final decision which nominee deserves the title “Best of” in its category.
Users’ Choice criteria
The winners of the Users’ Choice Prize will be determined by votes cast online for each of the finalists in each category. The blog, project or initiative with the most votes wins. One Users’ Choice Prize per category will be awarded.