About Global Finals

May 23-26, 2018


 Tune into the world’s largest celebration of creativity from the comfort of your own home! We will be livestreaming the Global Finals Welcome Ceremony on May 23 at 7:15 p.m. ET and the Closing Celebration on May 26 at 4:00 p.m. ET.

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Global Finals 2018

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The World’s Largest Celebration of Creativity

Global Finals is the culminating event of every Destination Imagination (DI) season. DI teams that advance past Regional and Affiliate (state/country) Tournaments are invited to participate in Global Finals—the world’s largest celebration of creativity. More than 17,000 students, parents and volunteers attend the event each May. The scheduled festivities include the Destination Imagination Tournament, interactive exhibits, pin trading, skills workshops, international events, collaborative games and activities, and more.

Global Finals By the Numbers


What is Destination Imagination?


Our Purpose: Inspiring and equipping students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders

Destination Imagination (DI) is an educational nonprofit that prepares students for a future that is rapidly evolving. DI does this through a project-based learning experience that applies the creative process across seven different STEAM-based (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) Challenges. Through the DI Challenge Experience, students acquire and practice the skills needed to thrive in school, careers and beyond. More than two million students have participated in Destination Imagination.


The Process: Empowering students to collaborate, take risks and have fun

The Destination Imagination Challenge Experience is 100-percent kid-driven. Over the course of the school year, students work together in teams to generate ideas, research different topics and techniques, and plan and build a solution to their preferred DI Team Challenge. Teams then present their solutions at local tournaments. The top-tier DI teams from around the world have the opportunity to showcase their projects on the international stage at Global Finals. Learn more at: DestinationImagination.org