Odyssey of the Mind teams astonish audiences all over the world with their extraordinarily creative solutions to our original problems. Teams advance in competition until the champions meet and compete at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals.

Opening Ceremonies takes place on Wednesday, and teams compete from Thursday through Saturday.  In addition to the competitions many other creative activities take place including:

  • Creativity Festival
  • International Festival
  • Coaches & Officials Competition
  • NASA-sponsored events
  • Lots of pin trading
  • Graduation Ceremony – for individuals  missing theirs to be with their team or to serve as a volunteer in this world championship of creativity.

Watching performances and attending these activities is free to the public. We welcome everyone to join us to cheer on the teams as they present their solutions to the Long Term Problems. World Finals will culminate by crowning the World Champions of Creative Problem Solving during the Awards Ceremony.

View the 2018 World Finals scores here.

Take a look at World Finals hosts and problems from the past!

In 2018 more than 830 teams traveled around the world to display and share their creativity in Ames, Iowa, USA.  It marked the 10th time Iowa State University and the Ames CVB joined together to host the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals. Here are some scenes from 2018…

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