The events listed below will definitely be held at the 2022 IGB Worlds. Additional events (and in particular, sightseeing opportunities) will be added to the program once the venue is announced and further planning has been done.

What: Book Discussion Groups
Who: Open to all students, and participating parents, family members, friends, and coaches

All participants are encouraged to read the official 2022 International Geography Bee World Championships Book Club selections. The books that will form the Discussion Groups will be announced in advance. While not required reading per se, there may well be questions in competitions over the week that draw directly or indirectly on the topics in both books, and thus reading them is good preparation for success at IGB Worlds.

What: Closing Ceremonies
Who: All student participants (required) and all parents, family, friends, and coaches

The Closing Ceremonies of the 2022 International Geography Bee World Championships will take place on the afternoon or evening of the last full day of IGB Worlds. All participants in IGB Worlds, including family members, friends, and coaches are encouraged to attend. The Closing Ceremonies will feature the medals ceremonies for the International Geography Quiz and International Geography Bowl, and the overall IGB Worlds champions will be crowned here as well. We will also reveal the final Medals Standings to see which team finishes the week on top.

What: Dinner discussion group
Who: Open to all participants, including parents, family, friends, and coaches

At the 2022 IGB World Championships, we’ll feature a World Politics discussion, which will take place during dinner on a day to be determined. Many IGB Worlds students and staff members have a keen interest in politics and international relations. This is a chance to hear and offer predictions, commentary, and analysis from many different perspectives. All are welcome!

What: Lunch discussion group
Who: Open to all participants, including parents, family, friends, and coaches

International Academic Competitions Executive Director David Madden was an exchange student for 6 months in Vienna, Austria in 1998-1999.* IGB Worlds Staff Member Susan Madden was an exchange student in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1968. Not only are David and Susan still fluent respectively in German and Portuguese from their experiences, but they both credit their time abroad as high school exchange students with AFS Intercultural Programs as helping them get into university, gain confidence as travelers and world citizens, and forge lifelong friendships. If you are at all curious as to opportunities as an exchange student, please come and hear a bit more about what it’s like to set off for life in a new country with a new family and a new school. Be careful, though – your life might never be the same again – ours sure weren’t!

* – IGB Worlds trivia note! When David was an exchange student in Vienna, he enjoyed watching Jeder Gegen Jeden (translation: Each Against Everyone) – a German language quiz show that eighteen years later provided the idea for the popular IGB Worlds event Knockout. You never know when your exchange student experiences can provide inspiration later in life! If you’re interested in seeing an episode of Jeder Gegen Jeden, click here. Even if you don’t speak German, you can probably get the gist of the show – and if you listen carefully, you may even be able to figure out a few of the questions and answers!

What: Medals Ceremonies
Who: Open to all participants, including parents, family, friends, and coaches

Students who win a medal at the IGB World Championships will receive their award during our nightly medals ceremonies. Medals will also be awarded during the Closing Ceremonies, and potentially at other times as well. Flags, our medals podiums, and national anthems / state songs will help us celebrate the achievements of the top students in each event! Medals are awarded in each event for each of the three age divisions.

What: Opening Ceremonies
Who: All student participants (required) and all participating parents, family, friends, and coaches

The Opening Ceremonies of the 2022 International Geography Bee World Championships will take place on the morning of the first full day of competition. All participants in IGB Worlds, including family members and coaches are encouraged to attend (participating students are required to do so). The Opening Ceremonies will feature the Parade of Players and general information on the week.

What: Practice tossup questions on a buzzer system
Who: Participating students during free time

At least one buzzer system will be provided for students to practice on past questions from IAC events and other pyramidal (i.e. questions of decreasing difficulty in paragraph form) geography quiz tournaments. During times when students are not otherwise competing or involved in other events, they may use the buzzers for practice to help prepare for upcoming competitions, or just for fun to play against new friends on all sorts of quiz questions.

What: Journalism opportunities
Who: Participating students; participating adults may assist

If you have an interest in journalism, here’s your chance to cover IGB Worlds! Whether on our website, Youtube channel, newsletter, or other social media sites; in media outlets in our host city and country, or back in your hometown; or for the international press, we’re looking to spread the word about all of the great accomplishments of the competing students at IGB Worlds! Our staff will advise based on journalism guidelines, and then you’ll have a chance to be part of the story as you cover it. Students in the Press Corps will each have a specific responsibility based on their interests and skills (e.g. photography, social media, copy writer, public relations, etc.). We will also have dedicated press conferences with students and staff that will be streamed on Facebook Live, along with certain matches. That will allow friends and family to follow your accomplishments in real time!

What: Reception, games
Who: Competing students staying at IAC provided accommodations in San Juan on the first night

On the arrival day, we’ll organize a few non-medal games and events with a geography theme for early arriving students. Late in the afternoon or in the early evening, there will also be an opening reception open to parents, family, and friends who are attending.

What: Buzzer-based quiz competition (not an official medal event)
Who: Participating students

At past International History Olympiads, students have expressed an interest in writing their own event and we gave them a chance to do so with the U Pick-U Write event. In 2022, we’ll bring this possibility to IGB Worlds as well and will have three time slots available for students to do this. Note that due to question security concerns, this won’t be an official medal event, but we’ll help organize the event on your questions.
If you are interested in writing a set of questions on a topic of your choosing (a minimum of 70 questions [i.e. enough for one preliminary and one final round] are needed; sets of 100 or 110 questions [i.e. enough for two preliminary and one final round] are preferred), please contact with your preferred topic. It is permitted, and indeed encouraged, to write these sets together with other question writers (at least one writer must attend IGB Worlds; it is okay if other writers do not). Please do not suggest specific topics that are already part of IGB Worlds (e.g., don’t propose a specific set on South Asian Geography, but if you want to write a set on mountains and include some questions on South Asian mountains, that’s certainly fine) or which are too obscure to write a playable set of questions about.
Once topics are approved, they will be posted here.