Destination Imagination, Inc. Moving its Global Finals Event

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Kansas City, Missouri to host Global Finals 2019

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Destination Imagination (DI), a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching students the creative process through hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) and service learning challenges, today announced its decision to hold its 2019 and 2020 international competition, Global Finals, in Kansas City, Missouri.

Dubbed the “world’s largest celebration of creativity,” Global Finals brings more than 17,000 students, parents and educators from more than 15 countries together. Students who participate in DI spend months solving one of seven project-based learning Challenges that blend STEM learning with the arts and help them to think creatively and critically, collaborate with others, and problem solve. Students compete at local and national levels, vying for a coveted spot at the Global Finals tournament, which is held each May.

With more than 1,400 teams now competing annually, Destination Imagination made the decision to move its event from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville to Kansas City, Missouri to better accommodate its attendees, to provide a more centralized location for its many U.S. teams, and to give attendees the opportunity to customize their accommodations, allowing for tailored experiences that meet each team’s need.

“For nearly 20 years, we’ve had the privilege of calling Knoxville our second home and we are grateful to the University of Tennessee staff and the people of the City of Knoxville, who helped us to put on so many special Global Finals events,” said Michele Tuck-Ponder, DI Interim CEO. “With our increased growth at Global Finals, we want to continue providing a one-of-a-kind, creative and educational event for teams without compromising our attendees’ experience, including travel, accommodations and accessibility on-site. We’re excited about our move to Kansas City, where we will be able to house the entire event under one roof and give attendees the opportunity to completely customize their accommodations.”

“This is our largest booking in terms of room nights since 2008, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome Destination Imagination to KC next year and again in 2020,” said Cori Day, Vice President of Sales & Services at Visit KC. “With its enormous international base, STEM component and 9,000 youth between the ages of preschool and college, Destination Imagination is a big win for Kansas City—a success that took the entire community coming together to make it happen.”

This year’s Global Finals event will take place May 22‒25, 2019. For more information on Destination Imagination and its Global Finals event, visit

About Destination Imagination
Destination Imagination, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) volunteer-led non-profit organization whose purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. The organization is a leader in project-based learning experiences, where students work together in teams to solve open-ended STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) and service learning Challenges and then present their solutions at tournaments. Destination Imagination has impacted more than one million students. To learn more, please visit


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Tina Shaffer
Destination Imagination, Inc.
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