Odyssey of the Mind Brings Thousands to Iowa

Opening Ceremonies: The beginning of a three-day whirlwind of creativity, competition, and fun. The ceremony is the official opening of the 38th annual Odyssey of the Mind World Finals. Students will meet and support each other, as well as represent their state or country in a march around the Hilton Coliseum at Iowa State University, which will also be packed with Odyssey supporters and volunteers. It’s a high-energy beginning to an exciting three days of creative problem-solving, fun, and teamwork.

WHEN? Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Ceremony starts at 7:30 p.m.


  • Over 18,000 excited OotM teams, volunteers, and officials from around the world.
  • Founder “Dr. Sam” Micklus will greet thousands of cheering supporters.
  • Our winning Odyssey Angels Group, part of our new charity initiative.

WHERE?  Hilton Coliseum, Iowa State University.

CONTACT: Jennifer Veale –pressroom@odysseyofthemind.com  –Odyssey of the Mind Press Room — Scheman Building.

It’s a great photo op!