How does a team's location affect their participation ?

One of the many benefits of the competition is that participating teams and team members can be located anywhere in the world, and in different time zones. This is possible because the structure of the decision making, weekly in the preliminary rounds, and then every 2 days in the final, ensures that each team has time to make effective decisions.

Because teams take part from wherever they are based, it also minimises the cost to their sponsors.