NYDI organizes a series of tournaments each year, in which teams can show off solutions to their selected Challenge. A team of appraisers views each Team Challenge presentation, and each Instant Challenge solution. The day of the tournament closes with an Awards Ceremony in which all teams are acknowledged, medals are distributed to teams which have excelled, and special awards granted where due.
Spectators are invited and highly encouraged to view the presentations! We invite parents, siblings, grandparents, friends, etc. to see their team present their Team Challenge solution. We strongly encourage all teams to come early and stay late, and take the opportunity to see other teams present solutions in their own challenge and in other challenges. Most teams are especially interested in seeing and supporting the other teams from their school or school district.
Note, of course, that Instant Challenge remains "the biggest secret in DI". While teams will solve an Instant Challenge at the tournament, and it is part of their combined total score, this part of the tournament is off-limits to spectators.
Regional Tournaments are held in early spring. They are the first level of competition, and are sometimes referred to as the "Local Tournament". Any registered team is welcome to present their solution at these full day events, which are usually held at a local school or college. See your region page for instructions on how to register your team to participate in a Regional Tournament.
The top few teams in each challenge / age level at the Regional Tournament advance to our annual New York Affiliate Tournament, which is usually scheduled approximately one month after the Regional Tournaments. The Affiliate Tournament is held in a central location in the state to allow teams from around the state to participate, and serves as our New York State Finals.
Teams which excel at the Affiliate Tournament are invited to attend Destination Imagination Global Finals, the world's larges celebration of creativity.
Every May, over 1400 teams – over 7500 students – from all over the world gather for 4 days to showcase their Challenge solutions. Over 15,000 people attend Global Finals to celebrate creativity and have fun supporting these great teams.