2019 Digital Design Hunt Heads to Toronto’s Distillery District

August 21, 2019

Design Hunt participants

Design Hunt crews gathering at the start of the day

When I agreed to help plan a team building event for the Digital Team a few years ago, I never expected it would be so personally fulfilling as well as become an annual event (championed by our CDO, Lisa Durocher!)

The event, known as the Rogers Digital #designhunt is an Amazing Race style experience for about 350 of our employees. I’m Jessica Chan, one of the organizers, and together with Jade Salazaar, Linda Nong and Sayad Bhimani – we’ve dubbed ourselves “The Dream Team”.

In our previous Hunts, participants received clues that took them around Toronto and Montreal and asked them to participate in various challenges and activities. What makes this event different is that we created programming around key Design Thinking Principles – empathy, prototyping and co-creation, along with important team-building skills – communications, critical thinking and active listening.

We just had our third Toronto Design hunt and it was housed in the Distillery District. The theme was “the bigger picture”. Unlike previous years, teams competed in challenges that required collaboration with the larger team.

People painting a mural

Mural station participants contributing to the bigger picture

Our empathy station is always one of our most meaningful takeaways from the day. This part of the day really makes me appreciate everything that I have. I’m also proud to see our team come together to help a great cause.

In our first year, we partnered with the Jays Care Foundation – building bookshelves for the Home Run Scholars and assembling Youth Champ boxes for the James Bay Girls at Bat Program’s annual retreat. Last year, the teams had the most fun building playhouses, picnic tables and bicycles for the Million Dollar Smiles organization.

This year, the Toronto Hunt has partnered with two extraordinary organizations, Ve’ahavta and Ronald McDonald House, whose goal is to help families and communities support one another in their time of need.

Ve’ahavta is a Jewish humanitarian organization dedicated to promoting positive change in the lives of people of all faiths and backgrounds who have been marginalized by poverty and hardship. Our team will be putting together kits to support the homeless community with the necessities we often take for granted.

Ronald McDonald House Toronto serves as a place to call home for families with seriously ill children undergoing treatment. We will be donating backpacks & school supplies for their back-to-school program, to be delivered directly to these families following the event.

Backpacks on a table for Ronald McDonald House

Backpacks created by the teams ready for delivery

I’ve been so thankful for the opportunity and challenge of organizing this event with the incredibly talented “Dream Team” to create this event for the past three years for the Digital Team. We hope that those of you who have participated in the past have enjoyed it as much as we have planning it.

The Montreal Hunt will take place later this year, with their own “Dream Team” of organizers who have been planning tirelessly. Stay tuned for the Montreal post.

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