Design Thinking Challenge

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Student event



The Royal Roads Design Thinking Challenge is a chance for teams of undergraduate business students to contribute to an issue of societal concern. Students work with civic leaders to address a real-world design challenge. 

The RRDTC believes the best solutions emerge through working to deeply understand all those who are impacted by a situation, collaborating with others, tapping into our creativity, and learning through prototyping. It is an event for business students who want to move beyond “business as usual” and impact positive change.

Why participate

  • Gain mastery in design thinking; advance your innovation acumen
  • Work with a live client to contribute to a project that will benefit society  
  • Be mentored by judges who are industry professionals
  • $10,000 in prizes

Important dates

January 9: Orientation

January 10: Prerecorded videos of design process available

January 16: Round one challenge launch

February 15 to 18: Rounds two and three

Registration closes Dec. 15

Registration fees are $350 per student.