The Intellectuals’ Challenge2018-11-26T11:25:26+00:00


The Intellectuals’ Challenge (TIC) is an exciting international competition for students aged 11-14 (Owlets) and 15-18 (Owlys). We aim to inspire intellectual curiosity and develop academic skills in young minds. At global challenges, students come together at prestigious institutions in Switzerland, Australia, the UK and the USA  to participate in a series of team and individual challenges revolving around a central theme. This year’s theme is “Creativity: Beyond the Borders”.

The Intellectuals’ Challenge Cambridge 2018

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Inspiring the intellectual curiosity in every young individual

Owly tells about TIC

The Intellectuals’ Challenge (TIC) is an interactive event where young intellectual minds meet to share their ideas and expand their knowledge together. Read more…

The Intellectuals’ Challenge is rooted in the desire to give young people a chance to grow as individuals in every capacity. We feel youthful minds should be given the opportunity to expand and share their knowledge in a stimulating environment, which is exactly what the Challenge is all about! Read more…

We aim to rekindle the intellectual light in every young person. Young intellectuals are agents of change across the globe. Read more…

The Intellectuals’ Challenge: an international competition for students aged 14-18

Curiosity is a joy forever because with it, you will never be bored! It is a key trait that the brightest minds share, whether that is an interest in the lives of other people, wanting to understand how space flight works or why Shakespeare was, and remains, so popular. The Intellectuals’ Challenge is an international competition to tap into and encourage this curiosity in young people…

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The subjects in TIC aim to help the young intellectual minds prepare themselves for the team and individual challenges. You may find more information and our recommendations about this year’s theme “Creativity: Beyond the Borders” under each subject category below.

Here we go: Creativity!


Creativity: Beyond the Borders

Creativity is seeing what everyone else has seen,
and thinking what no one else has thought.

Albert Einstein


A group of three students form a team and work cooperatively to become successful in all the tasks. Everyone in the team must choose his/her favourite subject to focus on and participate in all five challenges.


Individual Challenges are open to all individuals except for the ones participating in Team Challenges at Global Challenges. Global Challenge participants can only attend in one of the four Individual Challenges. All Individual Challenges are based on the theme of the year, “Creativity: Beyond the Borders”, andall completed work should be linked to the theme.

The Intellectuals’ Challenge

Register now and join the Intellectuals’ Challenge!



TIC Partnership

Local Challenges are hosted in different countries and we are looking for schools/institutions to help us with these events. Click here for more information and partnership opportunities.


It was an amazing experience!

Ayesha from Australia

TIC 2018 was an amazing and thrilling experience.
I loved the owlys!

Riljeta from Macedonia

It was an extreme learning experience. You guys should keep it up.
I miss Cambridge already!

Ometere from Nigeria

Overall, best experience of my life.

Mathew from Australia

This challenge was amazing.
And I know that next year we will come back.

Urte from Lithuania

Very nice competition, thanks everyone!

Dilshod From Kazakhstan

It broadens the mind of the students,
to see the bigger picture of things around them.

Thao from Czech Republic

It was an experience money can simply not buy and
an opportunity which we are fortunate to have taken.

Hanan from Bosnia

The Intellectuals’ Challenge
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London, EC4A 1BL
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