Meet Mat 3 - Judges Area

Meet Mat 3 - Judges Area

Adobe Substance 3D introduced our little mascot with the first Meet MAT contest back in 2017, he has become kind of a big deal. MAT has been busy! And today, MAT is back. He changed, a bit. He grew. He needs new texturing, new looks. He needs you.

  1. Key Dates
  2. Judges Account Setup
  3. How to Review Entries
  4. Obligations - Social Media
  5. Obligations - Finalist Judges
  6. Social Media & Hashtags
  7. Social Media Posts

Design Brief

The objective of this contest is to showcase your creativity and talent by using Substance Painter to texture Mat. The design brief is open, so feel free to let your imagination run wild and create anything you like. Any theme and any style is allowed.

Official contest hashtag


#lenovo #dell #wacom #adobe #mimaki #substance3D #therookiesco

NVIDIA, Lenovo, Dell Technologies, Wacom, Adobe, Adobe Substance 3D, Mimaki USA, Inc.

Contest Main Page

Key Dates:

  • Entries Open: November 20th
  • Entries Close - January 5
  • FinalsJudging: 16th - 20th January  2024
    At this point, our judging panel is asked to review all the finalists for each category. Once reviewed, the judges nominate their Top 5 entrants. This data is used to help us determine the overall winners.
  • Winners Announced: 23rd January  2024
    Category winners are announced and publicly shared. At this point, sponsors are required to help send out prizes. Our team will be on hand to make sure you are fully aware of the next steps and what is needed.

Judges Account Setup

All judges are invite-only. We will send you your login details from there you can then generate a new password. If you haven't yet received it please check your spam folder for [email protected] and if you're still unable to login please contact us.

Once you've logged in there will be a dropdown menu under your avatar (top right) with a link to your judge's dashboard. Click on 'Judge' to access your dashboard.

The contest won't show up until they are in the different states of judging, so don't be alarmed if you don't see anything, to begin with.

If you would like to update your profile picture or personal bio then go into 'Profile Settings'.

How to Review Entries

To start judging, please follow these steps to visit your dashboard and select a contest to start reviewing and scoring entries.

Open your Judge Dashboard. On this page, you will see a list of all the Contests that you have been associated with.

The table will include relevant information about the contest and let you know what the status is. There is also a column that has some emojis. These indicate how you are going compared to other judges. Select a contest name and get going!

How to add a Score

This video will run you through the process of reviewing and scoring entries as a Lead Judge.

Pending Reviews

This tab is where all the judging takes place. On the left column, you will see a single contest entry. On the right column, you will see the judging panel which includes the following fields:

  • Score - Provide a score from 0.5 - 10.
  • Badge - If you come across an amazing entry, please feel empowered to award a badge eg: Excellence Award.
  • Internal note - Notes are an optional field. So only use this if it will help your process.
  • Submit - Commit your review to the system.
  • Skip - Move to the next entry and drop the current one to the bottom of the list.
  • Report an Entry - Notify admin about an entry

Make sure to report any entries that include professional work, have inappropriate content, or are clearly not meant to be there.

Previously Reviewed

This tab will show a list of all entries that you have judged. Every time you add a score to an entry it will move here. This tab will show you all your scores and also allow you to edit an existing score.

Notes Added

This tab shows entries in which you have included a note. These notes are internal notes for your viewing only. Use notes for entries that you'd like to come back to, or include comments to back up your initial thought. Notes are not a required field. So only use this if it will help your process.

Tips & Advice

Industry Readiness
When judging keep in mind that we are trying to find the artist who is the most employable based on creative skills, technical skills, and presentation.

Use the full range of the star system.
Our voting algorithm is smart enough to handle dealing with heavy voters and light voters, but it's helpful for you to use the full range. So please make sure to score entries from 0.5 all the way to 10.

General mindset for scores
Everyone will have a slightly different way to review entrants, but as I guide I try to group entrants into 3 buckets to get started.

8 - 10: Impressive demonstration of 3 or more skills. Great creative and technical knowledge. Solid presentation. I would consider interviewing for an entry-level role.
4 - 7: Starting to demonstrate some good skills. Shows potential and a good range of core capabilities but not enough examples of high-quality work to consider hiring just yet.
< 4: Skills not developed. Some good knowledge and are definitely on the right track, but very early in their training.

Obligations - Finalist Judges

As a Finals Judge, we need your help to review finalists based on the categories you have nominated.

1) Review Finalists

All the heavy lifting has been done by the Lead Judges in terms of selecting finalists for each category. For each category that you are assigned, you will see a list of finalists. The first step of judging is to add a score for each entrant in order to help you create a preliminary sorting order.

2) Nominate the Top 5

Once you provide each entrant with a score, you will then be asked to select your Top 5 entries. Based on your previous scores, you will be presented with a page listing all entries from highest to lowest score. This will help you review and lock in your final selection. At this point, you can also add some public comments to share with entrants.

Obligations - Social Media

As a judge, we would love it if you'd help share announcements during the course of the contests. To help make it easy for you, here is a schedule that lists some of the key milestones.

Tip: Please make sure to use the official hashtag #MeetMat3 with all social media posts. It really helps us reply to comments and build engagement for everyone involved.

General Announcement
The #MeetMat3 is open to young creatives in visual effects, animation, and games.

#MeetMat3 #wacom #adobe #therookiesco #dell #lenovo

Social Media & Hashtags

Facebook: therookiesco
Twitter: therookiesco
Instagram: therookiesco
YouTube: therookiesco
LinkedIn: therookiesco

Social Media Posts

All the social media images can be found here - LINK


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