Gold, Silver, Bronze and Merit certificates will be awarded by Divisions and Categories. Using a rating scale of 1-100, a panel of experts will judge entries based on the following criteria. All judges’ decisions are final. Awards packets will be sent to winners in early fall. Selected winners may also be awarded special “Nana Technology™” recognition by George Mason University’s Program in Senior Housing Administration — see details below.
General Judging Criteria
Is the entry appropriate for an older adult audience?
Is the product/technology user-friendly for older adults?
(Consider device assembly, set up, and ease-of-use.)
Will the product/technology be beneficial to the user and/or their family?
Does the product/technology fill a need within the market?
Web-based and Mobile Resources
Is the online/mobile resource appropriate for an older adult audience?
Is the online/mobile resource user-friendly for older adults?
(Consider font sizes, navigation, overall design and ease-of-use.)
Is the online/mobile resource beneficial to the user and/or their family?
Will the online/mobile resource attract and hold users’ interests?
Overall use of the interactive nature — not simply an
electronic version of a brochure or newsletter, etc.
Special “Nana Technology™” Recognition
Selected entries may also be recognized as Nana Technology winners, a term developed by Andrew Carle, Director of the George Mason University Program in Senior Housing Administration. Professor Carle describes Nana Technology as technologies “designed, intended or that can otherwise be used to improve quality of life for older adults.” The Nana Technology awards are sponsored by George Mason University.