World Finals Basics

Odyssey of the Mind World Finals 2024

May 21-24, 2024
at Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa

Over 800 teams from around the world will compete in the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals. The competition emphasizes creativity and teamwork and has grown into the largest international creative problem-solving competition worldwide.

World Finals Registration and Costs

Registration fee

If your team selects housing packages equal to the number of team members plus one coach (no matter who uses the packages), the fee is already included in the cost. Teams staying off-campus have a different fee schedule which will be published soon.

Payment deadline

All payments must be made by April 23, 2024.

Cost to stay on campus

Costs to stay on campus are being finalized. The following packages will be available:

  • Monday arrival package
  • Tuesday arrival package which includes room, meals, shuttles around campus, access to all events and the registration fee.
  • Off-campus stay
Coaches & Teams
Judges & Volunteers
  • “Make it the best it can be.” Remembering Dr. Sam.
    We share some sad news. Dr. Sam, the founder of Odyssey of the Mind, has passed. We remember him with a warm heart and the memories that are created in Odyssey.
  • How are Spontaneous Problems Chosen for Competitions?
    Approximately ⅓ of your final calculated score is based on Spontaneous. Practice, practice, practice…AND…Have fun realizing that on-the-spot creativity can be helped along with advanced prep!
  • Good News! You Can Modify.
    This is when teams are re-evaluating their solutions in light of their experiences at their Qualifying Tournament. And yes, you have the opportunity to make adjustments to your solution given what you learned.