Divisions: High School, Middle School, Elementary
Competition Type: Individual, 1 multiple choice exam used solely for seeding with 15 questions, 1 preliminary round of 25 questions, 1 final round of 25 questions. The same number of questions are played in all divisions in this event.

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The Blitz is a new event for the 2022 International Geography Championships. The Blitz is a Bee event that will focus on a very specific topic in history that no one is expected to have any prior knowledge of. The topic itself will be announced at 8am on Day 5 at breakfast. Students will be given approximately 30-50 pages of reference material on the topic; all clues and answerlines in the tossups will be contained within these pages. After one hour of studying, students take a 15 question multiple choice exam to determine seeding. Immediately thereafter, one round of 25 tossup questions is played. The top players in each room in each division (the Blitz is not open to Elementary Division players), then are given an additional 30 minutes to study, and then they compete in a 25 question final.
To avoid random guessing, all questions in the Blitz will be played according to IAC Bee Championships Playoffs scoring (6, 5, 4, and 3 points for power depending on the buzz, -2 for an incorrect response during the question, -1 for an incorrect response at the end of the question).
Note that there is no Blitz in the Elementary Division at the International History Olympiad, but at the International Geography Championships, Elementary Division players will be able to compete in this event within their own division.

The East Asian Geography Bee is making its debut at the 2022 International Geography Championships. This bee will cover the geography of China (including Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau), Korea, Japan, Mongolia, Asiatic Russia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, East Timor, Singapore, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Burma, and their predecessor states and political entities. There will be three rounds of preliminaries and one round of finals. All age divisions will play the same 30 question rounds.

Divisions: High School, Middle School, Elementary
Competition Type: Individual, 3 preliminary rounds of 30 tossup questions + semifinals & finals

Many students who enjoy studying geography also enjoy studying history. This tournament lies at the intersection of these two disciplines, as players will be challenged on their knowledge of historical geography. This includes bygone political configurations, as well as the role that geography has played in determining the outcome of historic events. Note that the Historical Geography Bee used to be part of the International History Olympiad; hence its past history is shown below, along with some sample questions in the above links. A full syllabus will provided in advance of the competition.

2018 Champions
Varsity: Hou Boyang, Singapore
Junior Varsity: Avi Goel, California
Middle School: Saket Pochiraju, Ohio

2016 Champions

Varsity: Jakob Myers, Illinois
Junior Varsity: Daniel Ma, New York
Middle School: John Phipps, Argentina

2015 Champions
Varsity: Bruce Lou, California
Junior Varsity: John Peter Connor, Washington
Middle School: Vijay Siddharth, Singapore

http://www.historyolympiad.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Intl.-History-Olympiad-Historical-Geography-Samples.pdf

This event counts 1/3 towards the overall IGC Individual Title for the Middle School and Elementary Divisions. 

One of the showcase events of the 2022 IGC, the International Geography Bee World Championships is a rigorous buzzer-based quiz tournament featuring questions on all aspects of world geography. This is a required event for all competing students. 5 preliminary rounds and 2 playoff rounds will be contested (with 35 questions for all age divisions), and the final placements of students will count 1/3 towards the overall IGC Individual Championship Title together with the Battery and the Written Exam for the Middle School and Elementary Divisions. All age divisions will play the same 30 question rounds. A distribution of questions will be provided in advance of IGB Worlds (though topically, it will be similar proportionally to the Battery and International Geography Bowl).

For the first time ever, International Academic Competitions is delighted to organize a competition using standard History Bowl rules – but for geography team play instead. Thus we present to you the inaugural International Geography Bowl. This hotly anticipated event will see the teams at IGC compete against each other in six preliminary and three playoff rounds. Players should familiarize themselves with current History Bowl rules (a copy of which can be found here along with a sample match video). A distribution of questions will be provided in advance of IGB Worlds (though topically, it will be similar proportionally to the International Geography Bee World Championships).

The Melee is a new idea for a competition that IAC will be debuting for the first time at the 2022 International Geography Bee Championships. The idea behind the Melee is that up to 32 players will compete on one buzzer system (these do exist) at the same time on very long (i.e. 10-12 line) questions. To avoid random guessing, all questions in the Blitz will be played according to IAC Bee Championships Playoffs scoring (6, 5, 4, and 3 points for power depending on the buzz, -2 for an incorrect response during the question, -1 for an incorrect response at the end of the question). The number of questions, rounds, required number of points to advance to the playoffs, and the number of students competing in each room, will all first be determined only after IGC event selection closes (which itself happens after registration closes), so that we can set up the most suitable format within the two hours that we have blocked for this event.

The Scramble is a Bee-style event unique to the International Geography Championships (and the International History Olympiad). While our quiz tournaments typically reward long-term knowledge of numerous eras and places throughout history, the Scramble is a tournament where the focus will only be announced roughly two weeks in advance of the start of IGC. Players who take the Scramble challenge will then have approximately two weeks to cram on the topic. The Scramble will be played on the opening afternoon of IGC so that players do not afterwards need to retain what they have studied for the Scramble while they are preparing for other events. What will the Scramble topic be? Can you cram as well as you can study for the long-term? Good luck in this challenging tournament!

The Scramble topic will be revealed on July 20, 2022, and students will have two weeks to prepare on a very specific topic. The idea of the Scramble is not to test students’ prior geography knowledge, but rather, who is most capable of learning the most about a subject in a short amount of time. Please note the following regarding the potential Scramble topic:
-As the 2018 Scramble topic was the Geography of the Caribbean, the 2022 IGC Scramble topic will not have a Caribbean theme. It will also not be on the geography of the USA or Canada.
-The 2022 IGB Worlds Scramble topic will not give any country a particular advantage (i.e. we will wait until registration closes to determine the topic). If it is area-themed, it will also not be centered on East Asia or South Asia, as we have other Bees for those regions which students will be studying for.
-It is possible that the Scramble topic will not be area-themed at all (e.g. something like Aquifers could be the topic). If something like this is selected, then it is possible that some of the questions could deal with countries where participating students are from, along with the USA, Caribbean, Canada, East Asia, and South Asia. In this case, however, the questions at the Scramble would go well beyond the typical difficulty used in other competitions, again, to incentivize specific preparation and reward short-term memory skills.

The South Asian Geography Bee is making its debut at the 2022 International Geography Bee World Championships. This bee will cover the geography of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives and their predecessor states and political entities. There will be three rounds of preliminaries and one round of finals. All age divisions will play the same 30 question rounds.

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The Visual Geography Bee competition deals entirely with geographic images of all sorts. Questions will include photographs; identifying people, places, and items from sight; maps; documents; graphs and charts; and more. Despite the visual focus, questions will still progress from harder clues and images to easier clues and images (i.e. multiple images will be shown within the same question). This Bee has 3 preliminary rounds and 2 playoff rounds scheduled; all rounds for all divisions will contain 30 questions.