The Evaluation Panel members have been carefully chosen for their knowledge and experience. Each member scores and comments on the submissions assigned to them. Each valid submission will receive five sets of reviews that have been statistically normalized. Informed by the resulting ranking of submissions with consideration to diversity of solutions, up to five Finalists will be named.
Finalists will attend a demonstration event in June 2022 to compete for the Final Prize at the Bureau of Reclamation’s Yuma Desalting Plant. The Demonstration Event Panel will be present for the Finalists’ demonstrations and will provide feedback that will inform the selection of the Winner for the $150,000 award. A pool of $100,000 may be additionally awarded to Finalists who are not named as the Winner. Determination of the Winner and the award of additional prizes rests with solely with Common Pool.