Start a Team

Destination Imagination is open to all kindergarten through university level students worldwide. Students form teams of up to 7 members, select their preferred Challenge and work together to develop a solution to the Challenge. Each team has at least one Team Manager (often a parent or teacher) who helps keep the team on track, but does not assist or interfere with the team’s project.

DI is often run as an after-school program or incorporated into a school’s electives curriculum. Students may participate in DI even if their school district does not offer our program. Team Challenge solutions are assessed at  state tournaments, where teams can celebrate creativity with their peers.

Each season takes place from September through May. Depending on the Challenge, teams typically spend 2 to 4 months developing and practicing their Challenge solutions. Teams have the opportunity to showcase their solutions at local tournaments, many of which take place between February and April. When a team qualifies at the state level, they are invited to compete at Global Finals—the world’s largest celebration of student creativity.

Read this blog post for some insight:

Starting a DI Team from Scratch

For more information on registering a team for NMDI contact the Affiliate Training Director, Midge Nichelason, at or our Affiliate Director, Katrina Prince, at

Reserve your team number now!

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