Judging Guidelines & Information


NJCO Judging Guidelines

  • Two judges are appointed by the NJCO Steering Committee for each event.  Judges must be qualified in the content area.  Judges may be affiliated with NJIT or another college (past colleges include Harvard, Carnegie-Mellon, Rutgers) NJACS, or industry.  Coaches may not serve as judges during a year their school is competing.  The 2018 list of judges is provided on the Judging Panel page.  The list will be updated as changes are made to the list based on the decisions of the NJCO Co-Directors. 

  • The judges are charged with developing a rubric that details the specific criteria that will be used in judging his or her particular event.  The summary of each category in the event rubric should be found on each event page.  Please email us if you cannot find the rubric summary for an event your school is interested in.

  • The two judges work as a team to review the submissions made for their event. The rubric must be used in this review process.

  • Once the review is complete, the judges must submit a Score Report that ranks the top fifteen teams participating in the event from 1st to last place.  See more information at Scoring and Awards.

How to Request Event Clarification

Schools may request clarification for any of the events by emailing Dr. Miriam Gulotta.

Each school may ask up to two questions per event.  (2 questions per school; not 2 questions per team).  Replies will be made within seven days. 



All disputes are to be submitted to the NJCO Steering Committee in writing prior to the posting of the final team score. All decisions of the NJCO Steering Committee are considered final.