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. (A Separate Software division is proposed for future championships)

Noise creation is not permitted during Mind Mapping.


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. Mind Map notes are to be taken during the lecture. 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.

Discipline Two – Note taking from a piece of text

Competitors are given ‘Synapsia Magazine’ prior to publication and required to summarise it in Mind Map.

Discipline Three – Note Making Freestyle

Competitors create a Mind Map on a subject of their own choice. Bonus points will be given for creative expression within the Mind Map Laws. Published source material may be brought by competitors but not pre-created Mind Maps.