NICEE 2018: Judge Registration

NICEE 2018 Judge Registration

(you can sign up for both)

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 following opportunities:

  • Independent Inventor Competition (feeder program to NICEE).
  • For The STEMIE Coalition’s 2018 National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE) presented by United Technologies for young inventors in Grades K-12.

We have both online and in-person judging opportunities available.  We welcome you to participate in one or both opportunities!  We need to recruit 200 online judges and 200 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 web page link so that they can register too:

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 Independent Inventor and grade K-2 scores are determined via the online judging process. Online judging also provides a portion 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 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 judging window. It may take you 6-10 minutes to review and score each entry. When you register as an online judge you will be asked to indicate the number of entries you are available to review and score. Online judging will begin as early as April 1 and will be assigned as the registrations come in. Online judging registration closes May 2, with online judging concluding shortly after.

As your schedule allows, please consider registering to be an in-person event judge too!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TO JUDGE (you will have the opportunity to register for online and in-person judging)

Event Judges:

If you will be in the Dearborn, Michigan area could you invest a few hours on Friday, June 1, 2018 from 10:30 am to 3:00pm at The Henry Ford Museum of Innovation, 20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI 48124 to support a child’s interest in becoming an inventor, engineer, or entrepreneur?

Lunch will be provided on Friday during training and The Henry Ford Museum has generously provided complimentary passes for all judges to:

  • The Henry Ford Museum of Innovation & Greenfield Village (multi-day passes)
  • Giant Screen Experience and the Ford Rouge Factory Tour (single passes)

You can find out what it is like to be an event judge here: “A day in the life of an Invention Convention Judge!”

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

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TO JUDGE (you will have the opportunity to register for online and in-person judging)

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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