Round 1:  A panel of judges from Motorola Mobility and Challenge partner organizations will review all of the project videos and choose the top four projects in each division: two semi-finalist teams and two finalist teams. The two finalists teams will move to Round 2. The Motorola Mobility Foundation will contact all the semi-finalists and finalists by May 13, 2016.

Round 2: The two finalist teams in each division will compete at the Chicago Maker Challenge Showcase on May 26, 2016, by making a 2-3 minute live presentation about their project and showing or demonstrating their designs. A panel of judges from Motorola, partner and community organizations will choose a Grand Prize Winner in each division. 

In order to move to Round 2, each finalist team must confirm it can participate in the Showcase. The Foundation may choose alternate finalists if an original finalist cannot attend the Showcase. Finalist teams may continue working on their projects. If changes are made the team must send in a form documenting the changes made and reasoning behind them (request form via email to chicagomakerchallenge@gmail.com). Teams should be prepared to talk about the changes in their Showcase presentation.

Additional Winners: The panel of judges will also choose winners from the project videos in the following categories:

  1. Best Project Video – Is the video the most fun, creative, funny, or well-produced?
  2. Best Project Name – Does the design or concept have the most creative, fun or funny name?
  3. Best Design – Is the Design the most polished, does it actually work or come the close to working, is it the most creative in its concept or construction?

Showcase participation: All semi-finalists and additional winners are invited to show their projects and videos at the Showcase. All Chicago Maker Challenge competitors are invited and encouraged to attend the Showcase.


Middle School Community Development Division


Middle School Accessibility and Universal Design Division


High School Community Development Division


High School Accessibility and Universal Design Division


Judging Rubric

  • Community Impact (30%) – Does your project have the potential to change the community for the better? Does it have the potential to impact most of the community? Does it impact and improve the lives of a traditionally underserved population (e.g. low-income, minority, disability, LGBT, etc. communities)
  • Originality (25%) – Is your project a new idea, or a new angle on an existing idea? Is it innovative and disruptive?
  • Quality of Design (25%) – Is your project well thought-out? Did you apply design principles and processes while creating your project? Can the product be reproduced? Can the idea be taken to scale to affect positive change in any community?
  • Alignment  of a Solution to an Identified Problem (20%) – Did you identify a specific community problem or accessibility need and does your project give a clear and full solution to the problem or need?
  • Bonus Points for Showcase JudgingIs your presentation interesting? Are you well prepared? Do you stay within the time you’re given? Do you fully answer all the judges questions?