For the 2022 International Geography Championships, we are introducing a new event which showcases how geography plays a major role in global affairs and society: the Task Force. Four separate Task Forces will be offered at IGC. The current proposed topics are Geography and International Business, Rainforest Conservation, Urban Planning and Gentrification, and Quebec and Climate Change. These are subject to change, however. The official topics will be confirmed by early 2022, potentially earlier. All four task forces will be open to students in all age divisions (students will compete separately within their age division though), however the topics will be dealt with in a more complex way with each increasing age level.
Students who compete in each task force will write a paper in advance of IGC on a particular aspect of their Task Force topic. Students will also listen to online speakers, read articles, and familiarize themselves with the topic in advance of IGC.
At the IGC in Quebec City, students will then come together in their age division groups, present their findings, listen to further presentations from experts, analyze further materials, and then draft a slate of recommendations to a particular audience (e.g. an NGO, a government official, a CEO, etc.) regarding the topic.
The Task Forces will be application-only events with a field cap of 15 students in each division for each topic. Students can compete in multiple task forces if space is available, though priority is given to letting as many students as possible compete at least once before students are allowed to compete in multiple events. Details on how to apply will be forthcoming in early 2022. Students will be evaluated not only through their own presentations, but on how well they collaborate in the group (hint: talk less, listen more!) and the merits of their contributions to the final report.