2024 EconoQuest Conference will be held at Montana State University in Bozeman on Monday, October 28th and Tuesday, October 29th. 

EconoQuest: Exploring Global Economics and Career Opportunities in Montana

EconoQuest provides Montana high school students with a unique opportunity to engage with local companies and government leaders about economics, international trade, and future career paths. By participating, Montana students will understand basic economic theory, Montana's connection to the world, the impact of global dynamics on our economy, and engage students in career pathways in various industries.

EconoQuest Conference is in partnership with Montana Photonics Industry Alliance, Museum of the Rockies, Montana Department of Commerce, Inspired Classroom, Montana World Trade Center and Montana State University.

Virtual Platform

Educators statewide mentioned how economics is not formally taught in classrooms and many times is only touched among briefly. The Montana World Affairs Council, with Inspired Classroom, developed the EconoQuest Virtual Platform to help fill this gap to teach students basic economics, Montana's international trade industries, and how global issues and events impact Montana’s economy. Teacher support will be offered at no cost throughout the program.

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In-Person Conference

EconoQuest Conference is a multi-day conference for high school students to explore career opportunities at the Career Expo as well as other industry opportunities available in Montana. Students will learn more about what local companies are developing such as laser systems, quantum technologies, aerospace, and much more!

On day two of EconoQuest, students will learn how global issues and events impact Montana's economy, participate in an international trade game which will demonstrate how international trade works and how vital trade is to local Montana companies, and students will get to engage with Montana government leaders as well as global diplomats.

EconoQuest Competition

In teams of 3, students choose an internationally traded industry and focus on a product or service inspired by their communities or interests.  Within the framework of the EconoQuest platform, they learn basic economic concepts around international trade, pressures and incentives, comparative advantage, supply chains, and how global issues and events impact Montana’s economy. Students synthesize their work, presenting opportunities for Montana industries in the global market. Their presentations will be judged on creativity, practicality, and overall pitch. The winning team earns a $ 1,000 scholarship to the college of their choice.

School Scholarships

EconoQuest is FREE to all students. Scholarships are provided to traveling schools, with priority to rural and reservation schools, that need assistance to cover the expenses of transportation, lodging, and substitute teachers. All meals will be provided for students during the conference. We never want a student to be denied the opportunity to attend the EconoQuest Conference due to budget restrictions that are increasing every year in schools. By providing EconoQuest with no cost to schools, we open the conference up to students statewide that might not be able to attend otherwise. 

Stay tuned for the Distinguished Speakers participating in the virtual programs!

Hotel Room Block for EconoQuest

Comfort Inn 

2515 Catamount Bozeman, MT 59718

To book please, call the hotel at 406.587.0800

Block is under Montana World Affairs Council/ EconoQuest

Room cost: $139 a night (breakfast is included)

Note: Rooms will be released Saturday, September 23rd, 2023.

For questions, please contact Nikki Geiszler, Programs Director, at

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"Academic World Quest has expanded the knowledge of the students in Hamilton High school. It is a unique experience that is approachable and affordable for all schools. I am in awe that my students in a small rural community have access to the caliber of speakers and opportunities that are offered by the World Affairs Council. I can' t express enough gratitude toward MWAC for the advantages that has provided to my students that will better prepare them for a increasingly globalized society."

Kiah Nisly, Teacher from Hamilton High School

"Bringing my students to Academic WorldQuest is something that is non-negotiable. Making the future of Montana aware of our global world is necessary, and in rural Montana even more so. My students have limited resources in our small community to explore worlds outside of Montana and the United States. Being exposed to this competition and the activities associated with it expands minds and horizons."

Jennifer Graham, Teacher from Granite High School

"This is such an awesome event for students, especially for students from small schools. I am still in shock that my students just talked with students from Congo. My students worked so hard on studying, making their worlds bigger. Thank you so much for such a great experience. It also inspires me to add more current world affairs into my daily teaching."

Christina Cote, Gardiner High School

"Being a Title 1 school, we find this competition an invaluable experience for our students to learn more about the world around them. With our population being 100 percent Native Americans, it was also comforting for our students to see others like themselves represented in the competition. Meeting with students from Honduras was also a highlight for our students."

Paul Condon, Teacher from Hays Lodgepole High School