Corporate Sponsors Make Great Judges!!
Many of the CIC’s sponsors support the CIC through the involvement of their employees as volunteer judges at local and state-wide invention events. The CIC highly values the interest and dedication of its 200+ volunteer judges and welcomes new judges to explore this fulfilling volunteer activity.
Judges need not be engineers: the only requirement is an interest in encouraging young inventors and the investment of a few hours in learning how to judge inventions. Training is provided by the CIC and new judges are paired with veteran judges at competitions.
The two main areas where judges come into play:
- Corporate Sponsor Judging at Local Levels: In programs where the CIC and a corporate sponsor team up to jump-start invention programs at the local level, volunteers are recruited to help with “Invention Convention” judging in local schools, and assist in selecting inventors who will be finalists at the state level. Judging assignments are preceded by brief training by the CIC teacher, and typically span one morning or one afternoon/evening.
- Corporate Sponsor Judging for Sponsor Awards at the State Level: The CIC works with corporate sponsors who provide financial and volunteer support for “Sponsor Awards” at the CIC Finals Event at UConn. A minimum of six volunteer judges are needed to select Sponsor Award recipients in categories of interest to the sponsor, such as “Energy.” Corporate funders of Sponsor Awards work closely with CIC to identify recipients, judge their awards, present the awards, and publicize the winners.
Become a Judge!
Judges come from all sorts of places, from graduate students at the UConn Business School, to patent-holding engineers from Connecticut's largest Fortune 500 corporations. For information about how you can join our judging corps at the CIC state finals, click here.