Best of What's New 2019: Judges

Judging Process

The Best of What’s New judging process is overseen by Popular Science Technology Editor Stan Horaczek. For each product category, an editor from Popular Science will lead a panel of judges—veteran contributors who are experts in these fields.


We will consider every product entered, although judges may also consider products that have not been formally entered. The judges will winnow the entries to produce a list of winners for each category. From these lists, we will choose one Grand Award winner per category. The total number of winners in each category is flexible and based on merit. Judging is final and confidential. There is no connection between advertising in the magazine and winning these awards.


Among the judging criteria are: the significance of the innovation, the quality of the design and the finished product, the originality of the product, and the ambition and scope of the project. These criteria will vary in accordance with the category—depending on whether the entry is, for example, a device or a bridge. The judges may request a test unit or demonstration of any entry—especially consumer products—and products that cannot be demonstrated may be disqualified without reimbursement of the entry fee. Complete entry forms are important in helping judges understand the strategy and intent behind the development of a product or technology. We will evaluate your entry initially based on the information provided.