Judge Registration

2024 California Invention Convention

April 13th, 2024

NOTE:  If you are a registered judge and you are not able to fulfill your commitment, please notify us ASAP – contact us

What is Involved?

You will be assigned to a “judging circle” where you and 2 other judges will be judging 6 inventions from students in the same grade band (Grades K-2, 3,4,5,6-8,9-12).  By April 1st, you will receive instructions on how to access the invention documentation and video for each of the 6 inventions.  We ask that you review the videos and documentation prior to the actual event at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento on April 13th when you will meet with the inventors assigned to your judging circle.

Registration Instructions are available as a PDF as well as this page.

Judge Training

We are offering two 1 hour online training sessions and we ask all that all judges (even if you’ve been through training before) attend one.  Zoom links will be sent to all registered judges prior to the date.

  • March 14, Thursday at 4PM – 5PM
  • March 18, Monday at 7PM – 8PM

And take a look at the Judge Rubric to familiarize yourself with the scoring sheet.

Judging Schedule

April 1 – You will receive, via email, links to the videos and related project information for your judging circle.  Please review the materials associated with each of the 6 inventions associated with your judging circle prior to the April 13th event

April 13th:  The event will take place on April 13th at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento. Judges will be at the event from 8:30 AM – 1 PM

  • 8:30 – Judges check in.  Coffee & tea will be available
  • 9 AM –  Presentation from our Executive Director includes  information on how to use the scoring system as well as additional guidelines on evaluating the projects, scoring and providing feedback.
  • 10 AM – Meeting with your assigned inventors in the judging circle on the convention floor
  • 11 AM- – 1 PM  – Review your evaluation with the other 2 judges in your judging circle, then each judge enters scores into online scoring system.  A light lunch will be available.
  • 1 PM – Feel free to go back on the convention floor to visit the other inventions / inventors.

April 19th – Awards Ceremony – virtual.  Details to come. Results will be posted online at California Invention Convention website week after the Awards Ceremony. inventors will receive your feedback by email the week after the Awards show.

​Requirements of being of judge:

  • You are 18 or older.
  • You must be registered through our registration system.
  • The main requirement is that you are interested in what these inventors have created and are willing to review the assigned invention materials, attend the event on April 13th and complete your scoring by 1PM on April 13th
  • You have internet access device that you can bring to the event   – required to use the online judging system.

"Kids Inventing Their Future"