Virtual Designathon Participants share and win Prizes

At the RGD's first-ever virtual Designathon, students and grads spent 3 days working on real-life design projects, networking with peers, learning for professional RGDs, participating in exciting mini challenges and design trivia. Take a look at the winning entries below!


MINI-CHALLENGE 1: Show us your work set-up for the weekend! 


And the winners are...


Madiha Jan Student RGD

Team: Canadian Blood Services 


Elyssa Biringer Provisional RGD

Team: Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region

MINI-CHALLENGE 2: Show us your brain[storm]! 


And the winners are...


Annie Jong

Team: Community Futures Ontario


Amanda Bolte RGD (Mentor)

Team: Community Futures Ontario

Donated the prize to Team Member Somy Hosseinzadeh 


MINI-CHALLENGE 3: Show us your “deskercise” routine! 


And the winners are...


Kendra Legault Student RGD
Team: Arts Etobicoke 
Annie Jong
Team: Community Futures Ontario

MINI-CHALLENGE 4: Share your RGD/DT Swag!


And the winners are...

Ashlea Spitz RGD (Mentor)
Team: Canadian Blood Services

Donated the prize to Laura Beaudin

Andres Ramirez Provisional RGD
Team: Community Futures Ontario

TEAM CHALLENGE: Share a creative photo of your team! 


And the winners are...

Team: Canadian Blood Services
MentorAshlea Spitz RGD, Educator & Creative Director at Pixsoul Media Inc.
Participants: Laura Beaudin, Nhi Dam, Madiha Jan Student RGD, Sherie Welsford Provisional RGD



It's a tie! 


Team: Eva's Initiatives for Homeless Youth
Participants: Pantea Kouhpayeh Student RGD, Deanna Lennox Provisional RGD
MentorAlessandra Cardone RGD, Founder & Creative Lead at ale|ca design and Amy Janzen RGD, Graphic Designer at Mercatus Technologies Inc.
Team: Community Futures Ontario
Participants: Somy Hosseinzadeh, Annie Jong, Andres Ramirez Provisional RGD
MentorAmanda Boltë RGD, Creative Director, Boltë Brand + Design

Thanks to all those who submitted! A special thank you to Elyse Maxwell RGD and Noah Ortmann RGD for leading the efforts to organize this Designathon and to Valérie Yobé RGD and Ania Shichkova Provisional RGD for their time and contribution. 


The RGD's next Designathon is scheduled to take place from March 3 to 5. Non-profits interested in submitting a brief can fill out this form to apply and professionals interested in leading a team can fill out this form to be considered. 


For general queries, email RGD's Executive Director, Hilary Ashworth, at