Judges from around the world can participate in TIC Americas Semifinals and Finals evaluating Teams.

Judges will be experienced, bilingual or multilingual professionals (English/Spanish/ Portuguese/French) with ample qualifications to carry out the judging of business/project plans and other materials submitted by Teams of TIC Americas.

Judges in both Semi-Finals and Finals phases will evaluate and score the projects according to the judging criteria and templates in these Rules and Terms of Reference.

Judges will provide feedback from the Semi-Finals and Finals to assist the participating teams in identifying areas for improvement.

Judges agree to score Teams fully and impartially based on the technical quality and presentation of the business/project plan and the Team's performance during the competition and without regard to nationality, age, education or other discriminatory factors.

All judges agree to terms of confidentiality prior to judging the business/project plans, and they agree to abide by the TIC Americas Rules and Terms of Reference established and published by YABT and PepsiCo.

Under any circumstance, mentors of participating teams cannot be judges. Mentors and judges cannot represent the same institution or organization.

YABT and PepsiCo will appoint a Virtual Evaluation Committee to coordinate the work of the judges and the review process during the semi-finals and finals.

Judges will participate on a voluntary basis and will not be paid by the Team, by YABT and PepsiCo or other sponsors.

Judges evaluate Competition Materials, score Teams, and select the winners of InnovAction. Individuals interested in judging InnovAction may apply via the TIC Americas website www.ticamericas.net/reg/Juez.php . Judges are selected based on the following criteria:


  1. Professional experience in sectors such as microenterprise development and/or business, grassroots organizing, academia, chambers of commerce, and other technical areas;
  2. Bilingual or multilingual in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and/or French;
  3. Past performance judging a TIC Americas competition, when applicable.


The roster of Judges shall reflect gender balance and be broadly representative of minority groups. The following individuals are ineligible to participate as Judges:

  • InnovAction mentors;
  • YABT Staff and members of its , national chapters;
  • YABT officials and members of its Board of Directors;
  • IAF staff, contractors, and members of its Board of Directors and Advisory Council;
  • Organization of American States’ General Secretariat personnel; and
  • Immediate family or households members of anyone mentioned above.


Judges shall sign a confidentiality agreement, disclose all potential conflicts of interest, and agree to abide by InnovAction’s Rules, Terms and Conditions in order to participate. Judges will agree to score teams fully and impartially based on the technical quality and presentation of the Competition Materials and the team's performance during InnovAction and without regard to gender, nationality, age, education, race, sexual orientation, or other discriminatory factors. Judges participate on a voluntary basis and will not be paid by the team, by YABT, the IAF, Sponsors, InnovAction, or other partners.


YABT will provide training and oversight to Judges to ensure consistent, appropriate application of the Evaluation Criteria (see F. Evaluation Criteria) and the selection process.