The inaugural International Geography Bee World Championships will be held on July 12-17, 2018 in Berlin, Germany with events being held at the John F. Kennedy School and around Berlin. July 11 will be the arrival day; students may arrive at any point in time during that day, but must be in Berlin by that evening. It is possible to compete in both the International History Olympiad and the IGB World Championships if you are qualified for both!
A preliminary draft of the schedule of events for the 2018 International Geography Bee World Championships has now been posted here. We have expanded upon the original idea for IGB Worlds to create a unique, multi-faceted program of events, taking full advantage of our location in one of the world’s great cities. We can confirm that all of the competitions listed in this draft will take place, though we reserve the right to rearrange the order if needed. Sightseeing plans are subject to change, but the final sightseeing arrangements will strongly resemble what is shown here on the schedule. Additionally, we will be making arrangements for the Closing Ceremonies, Guest Speakers, and Special Events on a continual basis from now through Spring 2018. Schedule drafts will be updated as further arrangements are finalized.
Additional information (including where students will stay, costs, event descriptions, logistics, and more) will be posted on a continuous basis from now through Spring 2018. Note the following though:
1. In contrast with the International History Olympiad, all events on the IGB World Championships calendar are mandatory for all competing students.
2. We will have an Individual Geography Bee Combined Championships for which all individual events will count. One of these events (featuring 5 rounds of buzzer-based play, plus playoffs) is specifically labeled the International Geography Bee World Championships. There will also be a medals table kept by country. As is the case at the International History Olympiad, students from the USA will compete for their home states unless they have a foreign passport and wish to compete for their country of citizenship.