Frequently Asked Questions2018-07-18T12:19:23+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions

What is TIC?2018-07-17T23:08:55+00:00

TIC stands for “The Intellectuals’ Challenge.” This is a four day intellectually stimulating contest based on individual and team challenges for young minds aged 11-14 (Owlets) and 14-18 (Owlys).

Who can participate?2018-07-17T23:11:20+00:00

Each participant must be aged 11- 14 to participate as an Owlet and 15-18 to participate as an Owly in TIC.

All students who have sufficient command of the English language are invited to participate.

Who are the Owlets and Owlys?2018-11-06T08:19:39+00:00

Owlets: Any student born on or after 1 September 2004 will be considered as an Owlet in 2018-2019 Season.

Owlys: Any student born before 1 September 2004 will be considered as an Owly in 2018-2019 Season.

When does TIC take place?2018-11-05T22:21:25+00:00

The Intellectuals’ Challenge (TIC) has local and global challenges. Please go to our calendar to see the venues. 



How many students form a team?2017-08-19T21:40:17+00:00

Three. Two-person teams are accepted in exceptional circumstances, but may find they are at a disadvantage for some team challenges. You are responsible for forming your own team.

Can we form a team from different schools?2018-07-17T23:16:09+00:00

Yes, you certainly can! Teams can be formed with students from different schools and/or countries.

Can we participate in both team challenges and individual challenges?2017-11-02T11:19:39+00:00

No. You can participate in Team Challenges as a team of three students OR participate in one of the Individual Challenges individually. Only in Short Film Challenge (category: Individual Challenges) up to three participants can apply as a group but each one must pay the entrance fee separately if the group qualifies for the finals.

What is the role of supervisors?2017-08-19T21:40:15+00:00

Supervisors accompany teams throughout the contest. They are expected to ensure all students are aware of and understand the competition rules and instructions. Supervisors are also responsible for liaising with the TIC organisers to ensure the contest runs smoothly.

Do teams need a supervisor?2017-11-05T19:29:42+00:00

As the contest is student-driven, teams can attend by themselves, however we highly recommend that teams be accompanied during TIC.

Who judges the challenges?2017-09-18T21:21:52+00:00

Academics, educators and accompanying supervisors.

What are the awards?2018-11-05T22:24:01+00:00

An international certificate of participation and achievement along with medals, trophies and lots of lovely owlets and owlys!

What are the challenges in TIC?2018-12-16T19:57:20+00:00

Team Challenges

  1. Knowledge Challenge
  2. Pen Down Challenge
  3. Speech-Craft Challenge
  4. Impromptu Challenge
  5. Team Spirit Challenge

Individual Challenges (at Owlypia Globals only)

  1. Creative Writing Challenge
  2. Short Film Challenge
  3. Photography Challenge
  4. Painting Challenge
Which subjects does TIC cover?2017-10-09T19:48:42+00:00
  • Social Sciences
  • Art & Design
  • Literature & Culture
  • Science & Technology
  • Economics & Business
Do TIC theme and academic subjects relate to one another?2018-07-17T23:28:49+00:00

Our theme changes every year and the subject-based challenges revolve around this theme. Participants are strongly recommended to explore the topics, items, and content included in each subject and to carry out extensive research prior to participation in the contest.

What are the costs of participation?2018-11-05T22:29:46+00:00

You may visit TIC-Globals and TIC-Locals calendar to see the registration fees for each challenge.

Do supervisors have to pay?2018-11-06T08:26:01+00:00

Supervisors pay a certain amount of fee to attend TIC-Globals.

Click here to apply to be a judge

What is included in the fee?2018-12-16T20:01:03+00:00

The participation fee includes:

  • All materials used during the contest
  • Lunch for the competition days
  • Certificates of participation and achievement for students
  • Keynote speeches
  • Award certificates
  • Invitation letter for visa application (if requested)
What is NOT included in the fee?2018-07-17T23:41:59+00:00

The participation fee does not include:

  • Visa (Invitation letters are provided upon registration)
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Meals (except packed lunch for the competition days)
  • Travel insurance
Is accommodation provided?2018-12-16T20:01:46+00:00

No. Participants are expected to organise their own accommodation during the contest.