The cut-e Innovation Award

Jump start your Human Resources HR idea with the cut-e Theta Award 2017! You could win € 4,000 cash and a coaching programme to translate your idea into real. 2nd prize is 1.000 Euro and the 3rd prize is 500 Euro.

Theta is being awarded by cut-e, world leader in the design and implementation of innovative online tests and questionnaires for recruitment, selection and development.

Submission Deadline: 31st December 2016

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Got an idea to improve the workplace? Enter cut‑e's Theta Award and win 4.000 €!

What is the competition about?

Theta is an award for ideas on products or processes that:

  • Improve measurement and decision making in HR
  • Allow both employees and organisations to grow - personally and financially
  • Create positive experiences for employees and companies
  • Inspire people's careers and professional development

The submission can be a bachelor, master or doctoral thesis, research paper, real life or pilot project, technical prototype or description of a process.

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Who can apply?

The competition is open to any student or recent university graduate who wants to present an idea that inspires innovation in HR. This can be any number of things – a psychometric method, a specific application, a web 2.0 based process; or even an idea that comes from another area than psychology or IT, but that can be applied to HR.

You can nominate your own project, idea or innovation or nominate someone who you think deserves to win. Nominations are accepted until 31st December 2016.

Theta prize

If you win you will get a starter pack with which to make you and your idea more successful! The award winner will receive help to turn the winning idea into reality. The package is a combination of coaching, marketing advice and support and a cash injection of 4.000 Euro. As well as a trip to Hamburg to collect the prize and the chance to present the idea to over 150 HR professionals. The 2nd prize is 1.000 Euro and the 3rd prize is 500 Euro.

Submission process

Submissions will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Innovation: has it been done before or has it been used in this way before?
  • Usability / practicability
  • Clear added value to improving HR processes

Voting process

The selection will be through the cut-e internal jury made up of international experts who rate the submissions on both how innovative and practical they are. In some countries there will be local competitions in addition to the global one.

If you have any questions about how to submit or about whether your project or idea is appropriate please contact the Theta Team for guidance info(at) Or just submit your idea outline below and we will get in touch!

Submission phase has ended

Sorry, the submission phase for ideas to be considered for Theta, the cut-e Innovation Award has ended. Submissions are currently being evaluated. Please watch the news section for updates on shortlists and finalists.

Timings for the Award 2017

Alle relevant dates:

  • Submissions until: 2nd January 2017
  • Ideas evaluated: January 2017
  • Finalists notified: end of February 2017
  • Winner announced: 23rd March 2017

Innovation examples

The innovation can be in any area in the employee life cycle and improves the fit between people and jobs in any way. It can be a thesis, research paper, real life or pilot project, technical prototype, description of a process. If in doubt, please contact our Theta team for guidance: info(at)


  • A new way of sourcing a particularly difficult target group e.g. using tests that focus on key success competencies rather than traditional academic grades
  • Examples of systematic job sharing that enables part time workers to add value
  • Project to retain key knowledge holders beyond retirement
  • Ideas for collaboration across company boundaries
  • Research into how job seekers make their job decisions
  • Research into what factors influence retention
  • Project on how to take costs out of HR processes whilst delivering value
  • Project on integrating and living diversity in companies
  • Research on factors influencing mobility and success
  • Cutting edge assessment exercises
  • Technical app that creates value to selection processes

Why the name Theta?

Theta, in psychometrics, is the person parameter in Item Response Theory. Theta represents a person's proficiency and simultaneously stands for the greatest methodological innovation in psychometric in the last 100 years.