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Success stories and statistics about the impact of the CIC

With more than 300,000 kids having completed the Connecticut Invention Convention curriculum, and more than 25,000 kids having attended the CIC's annual final convention, there are lots of success stories to share.

A few kids have been able to extend themselves further into the world around us, and serve as remarkable role models and success stories of how kid inventors can be successful if they keep trying.  Here are some of their stories.

Mallory Kievman – From CIC to worldwide media darling CEO

Where many kids spend the summer going to camp or making mud dams in streams, Mallory Kievman spent the summer of 2010 trying to silence her stubborn hiccups. She tried swallowing saltwater, making herself gag, eating a spoonful of sugar, sipping pickle juice and drinking a glass of water name it. Many smokey kitchens and burnt pots later, Mallory finally found hiccup treatment nirvana using apple vinegar, sugar, and other secret ingredients, and formed a company to help others with the same problem — the company is called Hiccupops™, for hiccup-stopping lollipops and is homed at In the summer of 2012, she lead a team of M.B.A. students from the University of Connecticut to prepare the product for store shelves. In the process, she's become a worldwide media phenomenon, appearing on TV, on radio, and in print, talking about the CIC experience that started it all.

Erin Rigney – From CIC to Saving the World

Erin Rigney of Fairfield, CT found the inspiration for her SipSavers™ from being a sister and a team sports player. Erin's mom often buys recyclable water bottles for Erin and her sisters, and sometimes for Erin and her entire team. The only problem is that all of the water bottles look alike. Often, Erin and company would throw away the water bottles if they couldn't identify any as their own. (After all, no one wants to share germs and risk getting sick before the big game now, do they?) That's when the idea of SipSavers™ hit her. She invented bottle labels that are not only biodegradable but also have wildflower seeds in them, so that when done with the bottle, the labels can be buried to beautify the world. Practical and pretty too. SipSavers™ are now on sale at a growing number of outlets, including at Chef's Table, The Center for Green Building, and Catch a Healthy Habit in downtown Fairfield, CT. In 2012, Erin entered the national Project Earth Contest; SipSavers was a contest finalist.

Jacob Dunnack – From CIC to Toys-R-Us

When a 7-year old wants to play ball, he'd better have his ball and bat with him, right? Jacob Dunnack of Willimantic, CT had difficulty carrying both his ball and bat at the same time, and invented the JD Batball to help out. The JD Batball is a 22-inch baseball bat with a removable top so baseballs can be stored inside. Now, he can be assured he's ready to "batter up" anytime.  Jacob's product hit the market through the toy store chain, Toys-R-Us.  That's batting 1000 in our book!


Marlinette Pacheco – From CIC to Patent Office to Grocery Stores

Thirteen-year-old Marlinette Pacheco of New Haven, CT had short fingernails one summer, and as a result, hated opening soda cans as she just couldn't get the can tab to open. She matched her wits to the problem, and the result was a patented "ez-pop" can opener – a 4-inch-long tool with a raised bar at one end and a conventional bottle opener at the other. Now anyone – with short or long nails – can simply slide the raised bar under a tab and lift it to open. Simple as that, and for $.99 too!  Marlinette's product was manufactured here in Connecticut and launched through various outlets including direct sales.

Gabriel Bradley – From CIC to Network TV

Gabriel Bradley was a then-4th grader from Moses Y. Beach Elementary School who had been selected by The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Cyberchase to appear on the programs for her invention – "Rear Gear", a product that protects children's buttocks from injury during skating, skiing and other sports. She's used that experience to help other kids follow her path, sharing her audition video as a model for others to base their trials for national exposure. Gabriel Bradley was the CIC's first CIC Kid Ambassador – she provided the CIC with solid support by her efforts to bring CIC awareness to our State's legislators, and by her efforts with her brother, Gabe Bradley, to direct and produce a documentary of an annual CIC Invention Convention event in action.


Even more stories about some of our student inventors    Inventor Stories

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