More teams this year applied than the number of available seats (18), the participants competed in a preselection process in order to determine who can join the international tournament.

Each team had until January 10th, 23h00 GMT to submit a scientific style report on a finished or even unfinished solution to one of the the following three problems:

  • 2. Static speaker
  • 4. Origami launcher
  • 8. Candle lighting trick
As a reminder, the description of the problems is available on the website.

The report must have a .pdf format and cannot exceed 5 pages (except the title page). You are free to enclose your own experimental material (videos, photos, computer programs – smaller than 10 MB in total) and to cite it properly in the report. Your reports will be judged on if they give a plausible solution, how well supported they are (experiment and/or theory), how innovative the solution is and how well all the possible solutions have been considered. The completed report should be sent to  by the deadline.

The reports will then be graded and returned to you by around January the 20th with feedback (this delay is to reflect the improved quality of reports, making the competition tight), along with the result of qualification. Note that in the case that more teams than available seats apply, the three countries that made it to the final of the previous edition are automatically qualified (Ukraine, Sweden and France).

In addition, countries with national selections (at least 3 teams participating in physical fights format judged by jury, at least 2 fights), teams may choose from an additional two problems:

  • 3. Ink tree
  • 12. Particle detectors for dummies

Often the winner of the national tournament wins their country’s seat in the tournament, should they also pass the international pre-selection stage.

Reserved seats:

  1. Ukraine Ukraine (IPT 2017 Winner)
  2. Sweden Sweden (IPT 2017 Finalist)
  3. France France (IPT 2017 Finalist)
  4. Russian Federation Russia (IPT 2018 Host)