2024 State Tournament

April 6, 2024

State Tournament Location Hinkley High School.

State Tournament Information

Congratulations and Welcome!


2024 State Championship Tournament

Congratulations! Your team’s hard work has paid off!  You have qualified to compete in the 2024 State Championship Tournament! This celebration will be a joyful culmination of your creative year.

When: Saturday, April 6, 2024

  • Competition Times: 7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Estimated Time)
    • Aiming to have the schedule posted by March 26, 2024.
  • Celebrations: Pre Awards Dance party and Teen Party TBD
  • Awards: Tentatively scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Where: Hinkley High School

  • Maps will be on the website:
    • To Be Updated late March

Registration Deadline:

  • Register by the Friday after your regional tournament, regardless of holidays or spring breaks
  • Payment due by March 23, 2024


Information found on the website:

  • Step-by-step Tournament registration and preparation directions
  • Global Finals information
  • Online registration & merchandise order directions
  • Everything you want to know about the Tournament
  • Check in at the Tournament
  • Hotel information

If you have any questions, please call (720) 542-3637 or Kate D or Kate M

We are thrilled to be able to offer a competitive tournament this year for our hard-working teams.

See you at State!

Step by Step Instructions

2024 State Championship Tournament

Step-by-Step Instruction Guide

  • Register your team by the Friday after your tournament. If you team is choosing NOT to attend, please email Kate. Regardless of holidays or spring breaks, your registration MUST be completed.  We cannot schedule the tournament without your registration. Go to ryt.destinationimagination.org to complete your registration online.
  • To make the day complete, order tournament t-shirts, pins, and activity wristbands (complementary activity wristbands are available for each team member, only purchase wristbands for siblings and guests). Adults do not need wristbands. To order online, go to Destination Imagination CO Store.
  • Payments for tournament registration and any merchandise orders are due March 23, 2024. If payment cannot be made by this time, you must contact Kate to make arrangements.
  • The tournament schedule will be published by 6:00 p.m. on March 26, 2024. Remember to block the entire day for this event.
  • If you have questions about anything in this packet, please call the DICO office at 720-542-3637 or email Kate D or Kate M.

For State Registration instructions, Click Here!

Everything You Want to Know about the Tournament

2024 State Championship

Everything You Want to Know about Tournament but are Afraid to Ask!

Prior to the Tournament Day:

  1. Have a team/parent meeting to discuss competition logistics such as:
    1. Travel plans, especially if you are coming from outside the Denver Metro area.
    2. Global Finals and what your team’s decision to attend or not. (see below).
    3. Location and possible times of Team Challenges and Instant Challenge competitions.
    4. T-shirt and pin purchases.
    5. Meal plans for the day.
    6. Where and when the team should meet on competition day.
    7. Unloading/parking/loading plans.
    8. Behavioral expectations of Team Members, Team Managers and parents.
    9. Back-up plans if you get separated or if the competition runs late.
    10. The Awards Ceremony.
    11. Emergency Contact Information.
  2. State Championship Schedule:

Tournament times will be posted by March 26, 2024. Times will be posted online only; you will not receive a mail or email notification. Please remember that we schedule all regions evenly. Each region will have teams starting first thing in the morning and late in the afternoon.

Due to the scheduling nature of this large tournament, teams usually have between two and three hours between their Team Challenge and Instant Challenge. There are many activities at the State tournament to participate in during the day.

Teams may have their Instant Challenge first or their Team Challenge first.

This is a new tournament location, maps will be posted on our website and will be available at tournament check-in. Please locate your Challenge, prop drop-off areas, and the closest parking prior to coming to tournament.

3. Talk with your parents, school, and school district about the possibilities of attending Global Finals.

As has been discussed, only teams that qualify can compete at Global Finals.  Discuss how your team might arrange quick financing to Global Finals held at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, MO with arrival before opening ceremonies the evening of Wednesday, May 22.  Your cost per team will be $5,500 plus room and board. This should average to $2,000 per student and adult traveling for teams with 2 team managers and 5 team members. Most years DICO invites the top three in each level and challenge if that helps you to make your decision. From my experience, any Colorado team in the top six will be competitive at Global Finals.

  1. Check our website

We regularly post updates on our website!

  1. Make reservations for overnight accommodations, if needed.

The Embassy Suites – Denver Tech Center is our only hotel sponsor this year. Book your room by Clicking Here!

  1. Order Tournament T-shirts, and Pins! We are offering two different sets of four pins this year. You can view the pins and t-shirts at the Destination Imagination Colorado Store.
    1. Wristbands for outdoor activities are free for team members. Additional wristbands for friends and siblings are available for $5 a piece. You will be able to bring your team and others into an activity area for added fun!
  2. More information to come as we get closer to the event.

Tournament Day

  1. Bring with you:
    1. Your tournament schedule
    2. Cameras – remember that some teams may not allow pictures or video-taping
    3. Extra extension cords or power strips if your team needs them (each site will have access to one extension cord).
    4. Repair kit
    5. Small First Aid kit
  2. Ensure that your team parents and other spectators have the following information:
    1. Team name
    2. School name
    3. Challenge name and level
    4. Challenge location
    5. Parking information
    6. Performance time
  3. Parking
    1. Ample parking at the high school available
  4. Food
    1. TBD
  1. Bring your Destination Imagination spirit and positive attitude
    1. Please remember that all of the people working at our tournament are volunteering their time to support your team.
    2. If your team has a question about scoring or tournament procedures, ask to speak with the Head Appraiser.
    3. If you feel that your issue has not been resolved to your satisfaction, team managers and/or team members can request a Dialogue with the State Challenge Master, the Tournament Director and other tournament officials. Team parents are NOT included in this process.
  2. Plan to stay and enjoy the day
      1. See what other teams are doing
      2. Cheer on teams from your region
    2. DI STORE
      1. Gifts, trinkets, and new 2024 pins will be available for purchase at the DI store
      2. There will be a FEW state t-shirts available for purchase, if your team does not pre-order
        • We accept credit cards and cash
  1. Activities
    1. Outdoor recreation activities will include a giant inflatable slide and obstacle course. Wrist bands are required. They are free for team members, $5 for siblings and friends.
    2. “Escape Room,” scavenger hunt and other activities are being planned. More information to follow. Pre-Sign up required this year – information to follow.

After the Tournament

  1. Take your props home. Campus dumpsters are NOT available for our props. Do not destroy your props until you hear the tournament results.
  2. The celebration party will begin before the award ceremony. 4:30 – 5:30 We have a dance party scheduled for elementary and middle school teams.
  3. High School party begins at 4:15 PM. Registration is required, but this is a FREE event for our High School students. More information to follow.
  4. Awards Ceremony will take place by 5:30 PM. We must allow late performing teams time to review their scores and the score room to finalize scores, so the start time may run a bit late. Please be patient. This time is subject to change and you will be notified. .
  5. Mandatory Global Finals Celebration meeting for all Team Managers going to Global Finals
    1. This meeting will take place on Sunday, April 7, via Zoom.

Check In at the Tournament

Check in at the State Championship Tournament

Team Check In

  • Check in will be open from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm in the TBD. You can go here at any point of the day. It is not a requirement to check in before your Challenge. At check in you and your team will pick up:
    • Maps
    • Team Manager Gift
    • Pins, t-shirts and wristbands

Check In for Central Challenge

  • All Teams must be at their Challenge Site Prep area 20 minutes prior to their performance time.
    • Thrill Ride teams need to check in their roller coaster an hour before their performance time.
  • Tournament sites might run late, but they will not start early.

Check In for Instant Challenge

  • All Teams must be at Instant Challenge (IC)check-In 20 minutes prior to their IC time.
  • All Instant Challenges are in the Plaza Building.
  • The waiting area for Instant Challenge is TBD. There will be signs pointing the way. Dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Please do not arrive more than 20 minutes before your scheduled time.

Hotel Information

State Championship Hotel Information


Embassy Suites – Denver Tech Center is the hotel sponsor for our event this year. They have offered us a discount rate on all rooms reserved for the tournament! Reservations should be made by March 20 to receive the block rate for the rooms. Late reservations will be charged the prevailing rate.

Hotel:  Embassy Suites Denver Tech Center

Rate per Room:  $131 

To Make Reservations, Click Here!

Global Finals Information


I understand that if my team qualifies for Global Finals, my team and I will confirm our attendance to DI Colorado by the end of business day, TBD. Deposit due to Global Finals by April 17.



  1. Your team must qualify for Global Finals by finishing in the top 3.

Before the tournament, you MUST meet with your parents, school, and school district about the possibilities of competing at Global Finals. You MUST accept or decline your invitation by TBD. Discuss how your team might arrange financing to the tournament. The cost of the event is $5,500 per team exclusive of room, board, and travel. Please email Kate with invitation response.

All registrations, and deposit for Global Finals are due by April 17, 2024.

Next Steps

  1. If your team chooses to represent Colorado at the Global Finals Tournament on May 22– May 25, 2023, Kansas City, MO, with arrival by the evening of May 22 – ensure you have enough time for registration and check-in before it starts, you and your team will need to raise about $5,500 per team plus room, board and transportation.
  2. Team managers will be invited to attend a Zoom information meeting for information and to ask any questions.

When: Apr 7, 2023 07:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

    1. This meeting will take place on Sunday, April 7, via Zoom.

Register in advance for this meeting.





Fine Arts Elementary

Fine Arts Middle and Secondary


Engineering Elementary, Middle and Secondary

Service Learning


To Be Determined.

Award Ceremony

Our Award Ceremony and Dance Party will be at the Gym beginning at TBD. T

We will start awards promptly at TBD.

Challenge Master Letters

Technical: Pinball Heroes

Scientific: Blast from the Past

Fine Arts: In Motion

Improv: So Extra

Engineering: Going the Distance

Service Learning: Uncharted

Instant Challenge: Please Read

Tournament Data Form Tips