2022 Gateway to the Americas Cup Design Competition
This past weekend, as part of the FSFA International Convention, Gus & Deborah Delaflor hosted the 2022 Gateway to the Americas Cup – a prestigious invitation-only floral design competition featuring some of the best designers in the world.
FloristWare was pleased to be a sponsor of this event, and also to provide the scoring technology used by the three judges as evaluated five different designs from each of twenty-five different competitors.
Previously this competition, like most others, used physical scoresheets which had to be completed, tallied, checked, double checked and entered into spreadsheets by hardworking volunteers – a time-consuming and laborious process that also introduced the possibility of human error at each step.
The scoring system provided by FloristWare streamlines the process, eliminates human error and provides a better experience for all involved. The judges reported to enjoy using it, the organizers enjoyed the increased efficiency and next the competitors will benefit from the improved feedback (including photos and videos).
This system, which has also been used by the Great Lakes Floral Association at the GLFEE and by the AIFD Foundation for their "Just Make It Pretty" online design contest can also be available to other floral industry associations.
By all accounts the 2022 Gateway competition was a huge success, with breathtaking entries from all the competitors. More photos and results can be found on the Gateway to the Americas Cup website.