Why take part?
Over 450 judges, including engineers, scientists, educators, attorneys, entrepreneurs, marketing and other professionals serve at the CIC. They are volunteers. Most do it year after year.
With so many competing activities competing for people's time, why do judges commit on Saturday morning each year to the CIC? There are lots of reasons, but here are a few that the judges tell us:
- Their corporation is committed to community service. Many companies have formal programs where employees are encouraged if not required to take part in some community service as part of a commitment to the local communities in which they work. United Technologies, Pitney Bowes, General Electric, Pratt & Whitney and others track the time that their employees spend in local communities helping others. We are privileged to be a part of these programs, and part of the give-back by some of Connecticut's most trusted brands.
- They took part in the CIC as kids. The CIC has been around for more than 30 years, and CIC alumni are starting to turn up as judges. They recall fondly their childhood participation, and the fun they had building their inventions year after year, and they want to help do it for another generation of kids.
- They believe that invention is one of the things that sets Connecticut and America apart, and want to invest in the next generation of inventors. Those who are running CIC – as well as those who are judges – are solidly committed to the principle that today's kid inventors are tomorrow's business and science leaders. The relationship of invention to the popular school STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) initiatives is clear and something we work each year to introduce to more schools. Judges believe alongside the staff and sponsors, and make it happen.
- Their friends are doing it. Judges come to us often in clusters of workers or neighbors who are sold on the idea having done it once. Taking part as a group is fun because you get to compare the inventions after the fact and tell stories about their kids. It's a social event with significant benefits.
Whatever your motivation for reading this page, all judges end up at the same spot: This makes sense to support because it makes sense, period. For America to continue to lead the world in invention and innovation we have to be training the next generation as we ourselves were trained. Without this support, organizations like the CIC would be challenged to survive.