The first IAC competitions, the National History Bee and Bowl, were founded in the summer of 2010 by David Madden, a former high school and college quiz bowl player who at the time was taking courses to become a history teacher himself. In the spring of 2010, David organized a history quiz tournament at his former high school in Ridgewood, NJ, which was attended by about 150 students from the NJ/NY/CT Tri-State Area. After the tournament, he realized that there was no nationwide history quiz competition for either individual students or teams.  And thus, rather than becoming a history teacher in the usual sense, he founded the National History Bee and Bowl, the first IAC competitions. 

In our second year, the National History Bee and Bowl expanded to include a Middle School Division, while the Varsity / JV divisions doubled in size, and the first International History Bee and Bowl tournaments were held in Europe and Asia. Since then, IAC has expanded to include geography and science competitions; two international competitions(the International History Olympiad and the International Geography Championships), and tournaments in over 25 countries, including as far afield as Australia, New Zealand, Nepal and Sri Lanka.  

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