About Tournament of Minds

Tournament of Minds is a problem solving programme for teams of students from both primary and secondary years. They are required to solve demanding, open-ended challenges from one of the following disciplines:

Tournament of Minds is an opportunity for students with a passion for learning and problem solving to demonstrate their skills and talents in an exciting, vibrant and public way.

Tournament of Minds has been one of the fastest growing national inter-school programmes to challenge the youth of Australia and is now expanding internationally. It provides for the ever-increasing demand for sophisticated, educational opportunities. The rapidly increasing and widespread involvement of thousands of participants throughout Australia and internationally, demonstrates that Tournament of Minds is not only a worthwhile investment in the education of our youth, but is also an integral part of our collective future.

Our aim

Tournament's aim is to enhance the potential of our youth by developing diverse skills, enterprise, time management, and the discipline to work collaboratively within a challenging and competitive environment.

Real World Benefits

Tournament of Minds offers Real World Benefits

Tournament of Minds looks beyond academic achievement and understands that the pursuit of excellence knows no boundaries.

Tournament offers students a unique, total experience, providing challenge and growth through its six week problem solving structure. The Tournament process provides a platform for excellence and equips participants with strategies and skills which will support future success.

Working in teams, effective problem-solving, thinking outside the square and the use of technology are values that employers are searching for in the employee of tomorrow. Tournament of Minds mirrors what successful businesses practise.


Encouraging Teamwork

Teams are required to work together on a Long Term Challenge for six weeks without assistance from teachers, parents or peers. They are encouraged to explore possibilities and experiment with ideas as they endeavour to produce their best possible solution. They develop a creative and original way to communicate this solution to others, working within predefined parameters such as limited materials, complex challenge criteria and the deadline of Tournament Day.

Students present the product of their ideas - their challenge solution - to a panel of judges and an audience on Tournament Day. They have ten minutes in which to present and must do so within a 3 metre by 3 metre performance area.

The teams must also participate in an unseen Spontaneous Challenge on Tournament Day. This challenge requires rapid interchange of ideas, the ability to think creatively and well developed group cooperation skills.

Judges for both the Long Term and the Spontaneous Challenges are professionals chosen from all areas of education, the arts and industry. They are thoroughly trained to enable them to assess the creative performance and technical aspects of the presentation.


Every school within Australia is invited to participate.

Tournament of Minds is a celebration of the talents and capabilities of our youth. Thousands of parents, educators, and interested public flock annually to watch and enjoy the exhilarating spectacle of the presentations and the ingenious solutions created by motivated students who have accepted the Tournament challenge.

Take up the challenge of the Tournament of Minds and help build a better future for Australia.

Teams of seven students from school entry to year ten are invited to participate within two divisions:

They are required to solve demanding, open-ended challenges from one of the following disciplines:

Getting Involved

We encorage involvement from anyone interested in the principals and aims of TOM.

As a Judge: If you enjoy the exhilaration of youth excellence and are enthused by creativity and challenge, you may be interested in becoming a Tournament judge. To find out more about what is involved, please contact the Tournament Director in your state or territory.

As a Sponsor: A number of exciting sponsorship opportunities are offered within each state and territory, as well as on a national level. Please contact the Tournament Director in your state or territory for state or national sponsorship packages.

As a Challenge Writer: Tournament challenges are designed to be complex, open-ended, challenging and appealing. Each year the programme uses many Long Term and Spontaneous Challenges. If you are interested in submitting ideas, we would be pleased to hear from you.