Mentors & Judges

Help invent the future as a Kansas City Invention Convention volunteer!

Help invent the future as a Kansas City Invention Convention volunteer!

Volunteers are an essential part of the Kansas City Invention Convention. Whether you are interested in serving as a competition judge or guiding a student through the invention process as a mentor, there is a spot for you. Join today and become part of Kansas City’s invention community!

Support the next generation of inventors by volunteering with us at the inaugural Kansas City Invention Convention. Contact to learn more.


The goal of the Kansas City Invention Convention is to inspire curiosity, confidence, invention, and creative problem-solving. We also believe the invention process should be an enjoyable and rewarding educational experience. Mentors will work with students on all facets of the invention process: from refining an idea, to building a prototype, and making a pitch. Mentors can often serve as STEM role models and help foster an interest in sci-tech careers in their mentees.

Mentors FAQ

Anyone! Students will need your help at all phases of the invention process. Do you have access to a maker space? Are you great at making a sales pitch? Do you like to build things? If you answer yes to any of these questions, students are ready to learn from you.


Judging for the 2022 Kansas City Invention Convention will take place on Saturday, April 23, 2022. Student projects will be judged on originality, effectiveness (did it solve a problem?), practicality, and need. Judges are also asked to provide positive feedback to students to encourage their interest in STEMIE. The Library will provide training and assistance to volunteer judges throughout the process.

Judges FAQ

Yes, Linda Hall Library staff will provide training and will be onsite to provide support throughout the event.

Want to Learn More?

If you have additional questions about the KCIC or participation, please visit our FAQ page or contact