2020 Digital Design Hunt Goes Virtual

December 9, 2020

We recently held our 4th annual Digital Design Hunt – virtually! While the pandemic prevented us from being together in person, we still found a way to continue our tradition and host our team building event filled with activities centered around Design Thinking principles.  

Rogers Design Hunt Team Posing for Pictures
Our dynamic Design Hunt organizing team

For this event, we had 400 Digital employees join us from the comfort of their homes (along with some family members) for a ‘build-your-own-adventure’ style day. Participants attended sessions based on their interest around themes of Diversity & Inclusion, Health & Wellness, Create & Learn and Reflection.  

A picture of gratitude wall
Virtual gratitude wall to spread positivity

At the start of the day, participants set their intentions by reflecting on positive affirmations, what they’re grateful for and what would make their day awesome. We also had a virtual gratitude wall published where participants were encouraged to post positive messages.

One of the Diversity & Inclusion sessions, #bethechange, featured a panel of our Digital colleagues. The discussion centred around the Black Employee Experience, allyship and how we hold each other accountable.

Panel discussion

Quarantine Cooking: Risotto was one of the Health and Wellness sessions. Chef John Cirillo from Cirillo Academy, took participants through an interactive live demonstration on how to make a mushroom or sweet pea risotto.

Quarantine cooking with Chef Carillo

For one of the Create & Learn sessions, Toronto-based, Two-Spirit Ojibway artist and graphic designer, Patrick Hunter led a follow-along Indigenous art and painting social to an enthusiastic group of participants.

We also partnered with Actua, Canada’s leading Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) outreach organization. The team created mentorship career videos and hosted a Q&A panel with Digital employees. 

Staying true to the essence of #designhunt, participants had many opportunities to take away something meaningful from the day. Whether it was a new skill, becoming more knowledgeable on current social issues or just a chance to connect with their co-workers outside their day-to-day, feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive.

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