The IDEA judging process is composed of two main rounds of judging. In Round One, judges review every entry submission and narrow the field by selecting exemplary projects to continue on in the competition. Round Two judging takes place in person at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI. It is here where judges can see and touch products first hand and make their final selections in awarding IDEA trophies.
If you are asked to move on to the second round of judging you will be asked to pay a finalist fee and provide an example product for evaluation.
Please note: If you are a non-member student, you will be asked to pay the non-member rate, however, if you join IDSA as a student member you will save over $400. IDSA members are given preferential pricing for all aspects of IDEA entry. If you aren't a member yet, consider joining before you enter IDEA. See Rules & Regulations for complete details.
Regular Entry Rates
For entries submitted and paid for between Jan. 2–March 1
Late Entry Rates
For entries submitted and paid for between March 2–March 15
Finalist Entry Rates
For entries advanced to the second round of judging