Saturday, May 15, 2021
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Why Should I Judge?

Judges, including engineers, scientists, educators, IP attorneys, entrepreneurs, marketing, and other professionals serve as judges 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 to one or more Saturday or Sunday mornings 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 students and feel connected to the program. 

The CIC has been around for more than several decades, 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 students.

They want to motivate and inspire the next generation of inventors.

CIC Judges believe that invention is one of the things that sets Connecticut and America apart, and they want to play a part in helping develop the next generation of inventors CIC's staff and its judges, are solidly committed to the principle that today's student inventors are tomorrow's business, science, technology, and engineering leaders.  

Their friends are doing it. 

Judges often show up in clusters of co-workers or neighbors, who are sold on the idea having judged a CIC event once.  Taking part as a group is fun because you get to compare the inventions after the fact and tell stories about the students' inventions you helped judge.  It's a social event with significant benefits.