What is the International Conference?

Future Problem Solvers from around the globe have come together to celebrate the final round of their competitive season, the Future Problem Solving International Conference. The FPSPI International Competition occurs each June at a university in the USA. This annual competition draws 2,500+ problem solving champions from the 23,000+ students who compete at local and regional levels throughout the school year from 13 different countries. Successful teams and individuals from Affiliate Programs and Mentored Regions converge to recognize their accomplishments and expertise gained from using the Creative Problem Solving process. Before competition begins, all participants gather to celebrate the breathtaking Flag Procession designed to welcome every region represented and kick-off the International Conference.

Students from each component will have unique experiences as they compete with their peers and collaborate with new friends. Students compete in four different components, and use a six step solving process to tackle unique problems.

Global Issues Problem Solvers pursue the honor of International Champion as they complete the Problem Solving Process on the designated International Conference topic. Past IC topics have included Intellectual Property, Space, Global Status of Women, Green Living, and many others. Affiliate Champions complete the process and illustrate their Action Plans through a creative presentation.

Community Problem Solvers display and present their projects not only for evaluation and interviews, but also in a "CmPS Showcase" open to the public. The students seeking and achieving change in their communities demonstrate how bright the future will be with these emerging leaders guiding the way.

International Scenario Writing Champions in each division are recognized; and readings by the International Champions are presented to a live audience. Writers competing in the Team Scenario Writing Competition create a team scenario in a collaborative writing session.

Scenario Performers display their storytelling skills as they present their original performance focused on the International Conference topic.

2020 International Conference

June 3rd - 7th, 2020

UMass Amherst