Holy Smokes! I’ve just returned from an incredible week in Knoxville, TN at the Destination ImagiNation Global Finals! This massive celebration showcased creative problem solving at its finest, bringing together over 20,000 kids and adults from 1,276 teams – 45 states, 7 Canadian provinces, and 13 countries!
The DI Global Finals brings together top teams from all over the world whose participants have made it through many rounds of competition to get here. We met teams who had driven over 20 hours to get there, (and from their energy upon arrival we are guessing this was a very spirited ride!), and we met kids in the US for the very first time who had flown in from China, Korea, Guatemala, and Poland!
Throughout the week, teams present their unique challenge (chosen from the 6 options provided at the start of the year) and also showcase their think-on-your-toes problem-solving skills in an Instant Challenge. Hats off to the master scheduler who was able to slot in 2,552 unique performance times for all the participating teams, an amazing feat of problem solving if I’ve ever seen one!
When teams weren’t presenting, there was LOADS of fun to be had all over the University of Tennessee Campus, with activities that included outdoor concerts, family camps, a Duct Tape Costume Ball (yes, you read that right!), a Glo Ball (featuring enough neon body paint and glow sticks to light a stadium!), the Improv Fiesta, and so much more!
ThinkFun was thrilled to be featured in the EXPO Hall, where we set up a booth dedicated to PLAY! Luckily, these kids are experts in the field, and we had a blast playing with thousands of kids from all over the world throughout the week.
We set up dozens of hands-on games, presented giant brainteasers, challenged teams to step into human-sized versions of classic ThinkFun games, and featured team versions of classics like Rush Hour. Want more? Here’s a quick video of our booth in action!
ThinkFun was thrilled to partner with Destination ImagiNation to support this year’s Global Finals, and we are very excited to continue working with this incredible network of innovative kids all over the world! One thing’s for sure – I’ll never look at a roll of duct tape quite the same again!
“More!” you say?! Here’s a great collection of photos from the week!