Three years ago, the first contacts were made with two schools in Cebu, Philippines and an Instant Challenge workshop as developed to give people a bit of an idea of what Destination Imagination is all about. In September 2013, a ground crew came together made up of employees from Teradyne Cebu as well as teachers. This group of people organized the first Cebu Regional Destination Imagination Board. They learned to do Instant Challenge workshops themselves in order to gain more interest. Eleven teams were started, of which seven eventually were ready to perform in March 2014. Meanwhile Team Managers and Appraisers were trained, and the first DI Tournament was organized thanks to the hard work and effort of many volunteers.
Over a year ago Kathleen Graham, a teacher and former Team Manager and Appraiser from New Hampshire, e-mailed me with interest in starting DI teams in St. Croix, a US Virgin Island in the Caribbean. Taking initiative to pioneer the program within her school, she took on the role of Team Manager for two Middle Level teams. Both teams travelled to Global Finals to compete; their first time at a DI Tournament and Mrs. Graham’s first time at Global Finals.
When I was in fourth grade, my elementary school art teacher asked if I wanted to participate in DI. I said “yes” even though I didn't really know what DI was. All I understood was that it had something to do with art and I loved art. With a simple three letter assent, I found myself dumped into a group of five strangers at a house I didn't know. It was the team's second year doing DI and I felt quite new and bewildered. I didn't talk much the first year, nor did I speak up the next year after or the year after that. I watched from the sidelines, too timid to voice my opinions.
My name is Alex Doud. I am a medical student and a biomedical engineer. I started doing DI as a high school sophomore where I met my wife, Natalie. She and I now run a design company. Our first year in DI was a little rocky while we were still learning what it’s all about, but after the first state tournament we were hooked. We really put everything we had into our solutions in the coming years and amazingly, our team took first place in global finals 2006, Challenge B.
More than 16,000 participants and volunteers gathered in Knoxville, TN from May 22-25 for Global Finals 2013, the world’s largest celebration of creativity. For the 1,247 teams that participated in the event, the road to Global Finals was one that involved an insurmountable amount teamwork, creativity, perseverance, courage and talent.
Calling All Interested Team Challenge And Instant Challenge Volunteer Developers!
The Application process for Team Challenge and Instant Challenge Developers is now open.
To apply for Team Challenge Developer, click here.
If you would like to be considered for Instant Challenge Development, you must apply for this separately at the Instant Challenge Development application, click here.