NICEE 2017: Judge Registration

NICEE 2017 Judge Registration

We need your help to encourage young students across the country to move toward careers in science, technology, engineering, and entrepreneurial endeavors.

We are inviting friends, colleagues, and all supporters of young inventors and entrepreneurs to volunteer a few hours of their time to judge kids’ inventions for the 2nd Annual National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE) for young inventors in Grades K-12.

No prior judging experience is necessary. Many of our judge participants at the local competition level have included patent attorneys, engineers, product managers, inventors, startup entrepreneurs, marketers, educators/professors, technicians, musicians, architects, and a whole host of other occupations. Anyone can judge–no specific technical, legal, or other specific business background is required.

Online Judges:

The online adjudication is a crucial part of the NICEE judging process. The At-Large Application and grade K-2 scores are determined via the online judging process. Online judging also provides half of the total score for the grade 3-12 submissions. More than one judge reviews each submission.

What do you have to do? Online Judges are asked to review and score ten invention entries and share a little feedback to help the students improve their product, process, or presentation.

What’s your time commitment? It’s all online so you can review your assigned entries at your convenience during the one-week judging window. We expect that to take no more than 2-3 hours of your time. When you register as an online judge you will be asked to indicate which weeks you are available to review your assigned entries. We ask this as we will be processing the submissions in weekly increments on a rolling basis so that we don’t overload anyone’s time.

Click here for Grade K-2 Online Judge Registration

Click here for Grade 3-12 Online Judge Registration

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We need to recruit 200 online judges and 100 event judges this year, so we could use your help getting the word out! If you know someone who might enjoy fostering invention and innovation in America, simply forward this webpage link so that they can register too.


Event Judges:

If you are in the Washington D.C. area could you invest a few hours on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 8 am to 2 pm at the United States Patent and Trademark Office at 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 to support a child’s interest in becoming an inventor, engineer, or entrepreneur?

Click here for Event Judge Registration

You can find out what it is like to be an event judge here:“A Day In The Life Of A NICEE Judge!”

As your schedule allows, please consider registering to be online judge too!

Please note:  If you are registering to be both an online and and event judge, you will need to register twice. This new system is a work in progress for us this year. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your time and support!

Additional details will be sent to you along with a judges overview video. If you have any questions, please send them to


Children’s lives are forever changed by having learned to think critically, creatively, and commercially to solve their very own real problems.

Just a few hours of your time can help make a difference for these kids.


“I have been judging the CT Invention Convention (CIC) for seven years, and keep coming back so that I can, during the Judging Circles, tell the students to think of their invention as not just a one-time task.  I encourage them to consider STEM as a future career option. I am proud to report that at least four of the CIC students in the past 10 years have received patents, and several of them have started businesses to produce their products. I think that I am making a positive impact on these students’ lives. You can too!”  — Henry Link, MIT Alumnus





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