For each competition, the jury screens all of the participating productions and selects up to 15 (in graphics compo, up to 30) entries to be shown on the big screen. The jury can select less than 15 entries if the quality of the entries is low. If the quality of the entries is exceptionally high and the jury is unanimous, the jury can exceed the limit of 15 entries.
If you feel like you could give your own opinion about participating entries before they are screened to the general public, sign up at the Infodesk to participate in the jury.
What are the "best entries"?
The entries in the competitions are typically works of art and there are very few objective criteria by which the entries could be judged. Thus the entries are typically evaluated based on the jury member's subjective opinion of the entry. The jury members of course take technical excellence into account, but more and more emphasis is put today on the overall quality of the production.
The overall quality consists at least of the following aspects:
- Originality: how original the concept of the production is (e.g. a new idea is better than one used a million times)
- Idea: what is the overall idea of the production (e.g. is it just 3D object show or is there a meaning to the production)
- Design: how well is the originality and the idea carried through the production and how well the different components (code, graphics, musics) fit into the design
- Theme: does the production manage to convey a theme
- Consistency: is the production consistent (e.g. is the quality of the entry consistent, does it jump back and forth without any central idea)
- Technical merits: is the code/music/graphics technically very well done?
There are no rule books for "judging compo entries". There is no academic studies that the jury could use to back up their views. What it all boils down to is the impression the entry makes on the jury. A technically great production might not make it pass the jury if there is no original idea. However, you can take originality also too far: if the jury can't understand your entry, they probably won't give it very high points.
Who are in the jury?
The jury is a representative of the ASSEMBLY visitors and is composed from the people who visit the party. The jury members are selected from the people who volunteer to participate in the jury. The individual merits and related experience of a volunteer will be considered in jury selection. (e.g. musicians are wanted for the music compo juries, etc.). Each jury should contain both sceners and non-sceners.
Each jury will have at minimum three members. Should there be too few volunteers for a jury, members of ASSEMBLY Organizing will be used as jury members.
A person who is participating in a compo can also participate in the jury for this compo. However, he can't vote when his own production is being judged.
A person caught trying to manipulate the jury results for personal interest or gain will be barred from participating in any further jury activities.
Each jury will be headed by an ASSEMBLY organizer. If this organizer or his group is participating in the compo, the organizer can not vote with the jury.
The jury decides by popular vote which entries are shown on the big screen.
Joining the jury
To join the jury you need to sign up at the Infodesk. Jury members will meet at the same place 10 minutes before the jury session starts.