I think judging needs to be streamlined. In a small way with better communication about judging requirements, but mostly in terms of the actual judging period. 4 hours of judging gets long very fast. And with everyone talking over everyone else, including the judges, it was very hard to follow what was going on. What could be a great improvement would be a possible speaking order for each build, then asking questions. Also, maybe giving a set time for presentation? For example, at each plot, the group makes a 1-2 minute explanation, gives a 1-2 min max demonstration, then each judge gets a minute or two to ask questions. At most, each plot takes 10 minutes, and at the low end 3-5.
Overall, I enjoyed the competition. I thought the theme was well chosen, the plot sizes reasonable, the expectations reachable, and the submissions diverse and interesting.