Why take part?
Judges, including engineers, scientists, educators, attorneys, entrepreneurs, marketing and other professionals serve at the CIC each year. They are volunteers. Most do it year after year.
With so many activities competing for people's time, why do judges commit a 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. Stanley Black & Decker, United Technologies, Eversource 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 provide letters of service upon request.
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 they want to help out the next generation of CIC 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.
Their friends are doing it. Judges come to us often in clusters of co-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 your kids. It's a social event with significant benefits.