General Rules

 All Mind Maps must be created using A3 paper provided.

Competitors must bring their own coloured pens, pencils, paints or other art materials for the creation of their Mind Maps. These may be shared if competitors agree.

Mind Maps are required to be created in the competition room and may not be removed prior to judging.

All Mind Maps will be created by hand. Software is not permitted.

Noise creation is not permitted during Mind Mapping.

Competitors my not reference the internet during the competition to source images or additional information.


Timings for events:

9:30am Competitors will attend the lecture.

Lecture Mind Maps are collected after second Mind Map is completed. (i.e. 20 minutes after the end of the lecture)

Thereafter competitors are to manage their actions in the context of time and take breaks as desired.

Remaining Mind Maps must be submitted by 5:30pm


Discipline One – Note taking from a Lecture

  • Competitors are required to listen to a 25-30 minute lecture on a subject with no prior warning of the topic.
  • The lecture must be delivered ‘live’ – Video recordings are not permitted.
  • In the case of multiple languages, consecutive or simultaneous translation is permitted wherever practical.
  • Mind Map notes are to be taken during the lecture.
  • Linear note taking is not permitted.
  • Mobile phones / recording devices are to be switched off and placed in bags.
  • This ‘draft’ Mind Map will be submitted for marking. An additional 20 minute time limit is given to create a second ‘tidied up’ version, also submitted for marking.
  • Competitors may refer to their draft when creating the second Mind Map.


Discipline Two – Note taking from a piece of text

  • Competitors are given a magazine or short book and are required to summarise it in Mind Map form. At the World Championships text used is typically ‘Synapsia Magazine’ prior to publication.
  • Competitors may write on, underline or otherwise mark the source text.
  • The Mind Map must accurately capture all key points in the text.


Discipline Three – Note Making Freestyle

  • Competitors create a Mind Map on a subject of their own choice.
  • Credit will be given for creative expression within the Mind Map Laws.
  • Published source material comprising text and/or images may be brought by competitors but not pre-created Mind Maps.
  • Competitors may use any media to create textures, scents, 3-D effects, etc.


Marking Criteria

  • The ‘Paris’ Marking Scheme is used to assign points to each Mind Map. Download copies of the full marking scheme HERE
  • In addition to the Mind Map laws, accuracy of information on the Mind Map is considered.
  • In the case of the Lecture Mind Maps, the lecturer assesses whether he/she could have delivered the lecture based on the Mind Map.
  • In each discipline, the top five mind maps are assessed by the Senior Arbiter to determine the gold, silver and bronze positions.
  •  Arbiters are anyone from the Guild of Mind Sports Arbiters (GOMSA) at Level 2, 3 and 4
  • To contact GOMSA Arbiters please click HERE

Disqualifications and Right of Appeal

Criteria as per the World Memory Championships.