Design competitions are widely popular in the floral industry but, even more importantly, they play a vital role in the economics of floral industry associations and their shows and conventions. Simply put design competitions are what make a lot of associations, conventions and shows viable.
The problem is that they have generally relied on the incredible effort of volunteers that worked long hours tallying, checking and rechecking scoresheets. This of course introduced the possibility of human error, and getting good output/feedback (in the form of certificates, scoresheets, etc.).
FloristWare is committed to these associations and their shows and grateful to these volunteers for the urgent role they play in sustaining the floral industry so we introduced a special scoring/testing app to make running floral design competitions (and certification/testing) easier than it has even been before. It eliminates human error and provides instant results.
But this is only the start. The FloristWare scoring/testing app also makes it easy to provide much more meaningful feedback to competitors. Judges can add detailed comments, and include photos and/or videos that highlight the strengths and/or weaknesses of a design.
The FloristWare design competition scoring/testing app was first used in the real world in March of 2020. Almost immediately thereafter covid lockdowns swept the world and in-person events were put on hold so we introduced an online version.
"I would like to say thank you to Mark Anderson and the team at FloristWare for their help and support developing and implementing the evaluation platform used for our 2021 Great Lakes Floral Association Design Contest. It was very easy for our team of professional evaluators to use and eliminated any chance for human error when tabulating the scores for each contestant."
To date the in-person and online versions of this app have been used by prestigious organizations and events like the AIFD Foundation, the Great Lakes Floral Expo Designer of the Year Competition and the Gateway to the Americas Cup hosted by Gus & Deborah Delaflor.
More recently the Arkansas Floral Association used the FloristWare evaluation app for the 2023 Arkansas Cup and 2023 Mid-America Cup. SAF used it in Phoenix for the 2023 Sylvia Cup and 2023 Outstanding Varieties competitions. In September of 2023 it was announced as the official scoring software for the 2024 Gateway to the Americas Cup Competition.
If your association or event is interested in a better, easier-to-manage design competition or exam please contact Mark at 888.531.3012.
"It was amazing and so easy! The actual judging was faster and of course the scores were done immediately. We were done I 12 hours and a migraine earlier. "
- 2020 GLFEE Designer of The Year
- 2021 AIFD Foundation Just Make It Pretty Competition
- 2022 GLFEE Designer of The Year
- 2022 Gateway to the Americas Cup
- 2023 Arkansas Cup
- 2023 Mid-America Cup
- 2023 Sylvia Cup
- 2023 Outstanding Varieties
- 2024 GLFEE Designer of The Year
- 2024 Arkansas Cup
- 2024 Mid-America Cup
- 2024 Gateway to the Americas Cup