Welcome on board of the Global Children's Designathon 2019!

You are now part of a global community of like-minded organizations around the world, which believes in the power of children's creativity and their ability to contribute to design a better world!
As a GCD host, you not only help to empower and unleash children’s creativity and to spread awareness about the importance to engage children to co-design society locally, but also you help to spread those ideas globally.


Hosting any successful event requires hard work and passion. We believe you have the creativity and drive needed to bring GCD experience to your community. But know that hosting a GCD event isn't a solo adventure: you've joined a vibrant community that's ready and willing to guide you every step of the way.


This page provides tools and resources to help you organize a GCD event that reflects the creativity, spirit and ingenuity of our community. We've divided it into 22 sections. Sections include general information about us and our method, our top GCD Rules to Live By, a timeline, and different chunks of content related to a specific facet of your event, like Sponsorship & Finance, Branding & Marcom or Inviting Children & Making a Selection. Each section includes guiding principles and best practices, as well as links to files and inspirational and relevant content. Hyperlinks are embedded throughout to link you to resources beyond it.

We wish you and your team good luck with the preparations and lots of learning and making pleasure!

Anne, Emer & Ina


So, what is the Global Children’s Designathon?
As a host, you will undoubtedly be asked this question many times. See it as an opportunity to introduce someone new to the vision and mission of Designation Works. You could be speaking to a potential volunteer, sponsor, or parent. Let them know that our vision is a world where children's creativity is cultivated to design a better future using new technologies.

Explain that we believe that all children and young people can contribute to designing a better world, now and in the future. By learning the art of design and invention, children gain future ready skills, while employing their unique creativity and natural empathy to make the world a better place. To get the world acquainted with this new perspective on children and creative education and to unleash children’s creativity around the world, we have developed the Global Children’s Designathon! On November 16th, groups of children from all around the globe will work in parallel to design and develop innovative concepts around the Food & Climate Action (SDG 2), they will build prototypes and present them to each other via a live connection, to the panel of experts, to their parents and to the wider public and in the media. Let them know why you're putting on your event. Discuss the theme, tell a story about the process, let them know who's part of the community. Ask if they'd like to get involved.

Designathon Works
Designathon Works envisions a world, where children’s creativity and technological know‐how is cultivated to design a sustainable world for people and planet. Our mission is two-fold. Firstly, to teach 1 million children globally to become designers for change, secondly, to influence the dominant thinking about children and childhood: to appreciate children’s imagination, ability and engagement of children for creating a better world. We work to achieve this by spreading the unique Designathon method through school programs, tailor-made designathon workshops, educational programs for companies & organisations and through our annual Global Children's Designathon.
Designathon Works is a non-profit entity based in Amsterdam lead by three partners: Emer Beamer, Ina Conkic, Anne Sallaerts and team of education professionals, project managers, designers, researches, facilitators and thinkers.

Global Children’s Designathon so far

  • The 1st edition was held in November 2014 with 150+ children from 5 cities participating. The cities were: Amsterdam, Berlin, Dublin, Nairobi and Rio de Janeiro. The themes were Food, Waste and Mobility. The event also marked the launch of the Designathon method and the beginning of collaborations with Dutch schools, multiple companies and organisations. The event was broadcasted on Irish national television. Fastco, Youtech and MakerEd published articles and reports about the event. We received various mentions on blogs and internet.

  • The 2nd edition was held in November 2016 with 300+ children from 10 cities participating. The cities were: Amsterdam, Berlin, Dublin, Nairobi, Panjim, Rio de Janeiro, Singapore, Tunis, Willemstad and Zagreb. The theme was Circular Economy. The event also marked the beginning of the collaboration with Amsterdam municipality on the Designathon School Challenge, and investigating partnership possibilities with Nairobi, Singapore, Tunis and Zagreb. The event was broadcasted on Brazilian and Croatian national television and was the part of the DIF festival Open Mic session. Dutch newspapers Het Parool and Kidsweek published articles about the event. We received various mentions on blogs and internet.

  • The 3rd edition was held in November 2017 with 600+ children from 18 cities participating: Amsterdam, Chennai, Dar es Salaam, Dubai, Dublin, Duisburg, Johannesburg, Clearwater, London, Milan, Montreal, Nairobi, Panjim, Singapore, Tel Aviv, Tunis, Vancouver en Zagreb. The theme was water. An extensive report, including some key qualitative and quantitative findings, can be downloaded here.

  • The 4th edition was held in November 2018 with 1000+ children from 30 cities: Accra, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Beijing, Belgrade, Bogota, Brussels, Chennai, Clearwater, Daloa, Dar es Salaam, Dubai, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Geneva, Hanoi, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Kathmandu, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, Montreal, Nairobi, Oranjestad, Panjim, Singapore, Tunis, Vancouver, Warsaw and Zagreb. The theme children worked on was Deforestation.
List of all the GCD hosts and their contact info is here.

GCD Rules To Live By

Our method is a specially developed design thinking method for children, which incorporates thinking and making with technologies. In order to maintain quality globally, we need all of our hosts to stay true to the rules. Please follow all of them and you’ll be off to a great start:

  1. You must have a signed Participation Agreement in order to organise a Global Children’s Designathon. You may not use the Global Children’s Designathon and/or Designathon Works brand or trademark without this license.

  2. You transferred the money for the GCD maker kit to the DW account.

  3. GCD event can only be 1-day in length.

  4. GCD 2019 must be held in all the cities at the same date, November 16th 2019, 10 am to 5 pm local time.

  5. GCD event names must be city-based. Like for instance Global Children's Designathon Amsterdam. Names co-branded with organisations are not allowed.

  6. GCD event must stand alone, and cannot be co-branded or associated with another organisation. Companies can only interact with GCD events as sponsors.

  7. Designathon Works delivers a complete logo set to licensed host to use during the term of the license, for use only in conjunction with your event. (Logos are not to be designed by event hosts.)


Project phases for the GCD:

Phase 1

  • March / Aug 2019: putting together your team, fundraising and establishing partners for the event.

Phase 2
  • Sept / Nov 2019: promoting your event, arranging venue, inviting children, expert panel members and special guests, translating & adapting the method, webinar, exploring maker kit, selecting materials.

Phase 3
  • Novemer 16th, 2019: Global Children’s Designathon 2019!

Phase 4
  • Nov 2019 / Dec 2019: storytelling, evaluation.

More extensive timeline here.

Sponsorship & Finance

We see our sponsors as partners who are getting involved with a project. Because of this, it is important to take the time to educate them about the both the philosophy and value of Designation Works. Look for businesses and organisations that aim to make the world better through technology, education, design, science, arts, food, media and collaboration. Let sponsors know that working with GCD provides an opportunity to do something different within their own communities.
Use this doc to present the event.


  1. Hosts must find their own sponsors.
  2. We strictly forbid sponsorship by companies or organisations who deal in: tobacco/cigarettes, adult-oriented products/services, weapons/ammunition.
  3. GCD event must stand alone, and cannot be co-branded or associated with another organisation. Companies can only interact with GCD events as sponsors.
  4. GCD event names must be city-based. Like for instance Global Children Designation Amsterdam. Names co-branded with organisations are not allowed.
  5. Sponsors cannot influence content. Sponsors may have no editorial control or veto power over your program.
  6. GCD events may not be used as fundraisers. GCD events should not be used to raise money for any causes or charities. If the event is run through an existing nonprofit, the event can’t be used as a fundraiser for that nonprofit. All money must go into production costs of the GCD event itself.

Determining sponsorship needs
  • Prioritise budget needs: making a project budget before you begin and prioritising the most important cost elements for your event can help you approach potential sponsors in a targeted way.
  • Consider in-kind contributions: many GCD event costs can be covered through in-kind contributions from sponsors (such as venue, catering, making tools, marketing materials). Other costs require cash. Determining how much of each kind of contribution you need can help you prioritise who to approach.

It is up to each host, along with the representative of each company, to determine the terms of any given partnership, within the sponsorship rules.

Costs that are commonly covered by sponsorship
  • Venue cost (cash or in-kind)
  • Catering (cash or in-kind)
  • Marketing materials (flyers, stickers, banners, t-shirts) (in-kind)
  • Event production (in-kind)
  • Media coverage (in-kind)

Sponsor Package Examples Use this doc as a sponsor package example.

Our support
  • Overall event co-ordination
  • Designathon method and guides how to work with to facilitate the process
  • Support in connecting, setting up the event in each place and connecting the hosts to each other
  • Artwork designs for promotional materials such as flyers, poster, banner, stickers t-shirts and certificates
  • A central website to document the process, locations and outcomes of the GCD 2019
  • PR and communications around the global event to amplify the call for Future Ready education and to highlight the role of children in designing better futures

Companies and organisations that support us:
Municipality of Amsterdam, Patagonia, Bugaboo, Chocolonely's Foundation, Amsterdam Public Library, Talud,YOXI.


Selecting your Venue

  • Strive for spacious: make sure the room is spacious in room and light. Open spaces give open minds! The venue should be able to fit at least 8 big working tables or the equivalent in smaller tables, children can work on the ground too, material bench and tool bench.
  • Prioritize comfort and safety: the venue should be able to handle making. Think of your event as a maker’s party for children.
  • Keep it simple: remember that the venue will set your event’s tone and can dictate overall complexity.
  • The venue should have: electricity, internet, the ability to project and watch videos, alocation for food and beverage setup, conveniently located bathrooms
  • Transportation: if possible, choosing a venue that’s accessible by public transportation is preferable. This makes your event easily reachable and helps keep the environmental impact as low as possible.

Staging Your Event
  • Create focus: give children big working tables, position the screen where everyone can see it.
  • Keep it tidy and safe: tape power cables to the ground. Separate one working bench for glue guns and nothing else.
  • Lighting is important: for making, but also for photo/video registration.
  • Make room for the presentation: make it central and big enough. Also make sure it has good lightning. Background should be natural. Put GCD logo or banner in the background if possible.
  • Make room for the expert panel: the four-member expert panel should be sited on the left or the right side of the presentation stage / presentation space. They should be sited behind a table. Make sure to put the name plates with their names and occupation on the appointed place at the table. In this way the experts will know where to sit and the presenter of that part of the program will know their name and profession.
  • (optional) Make room for the portrait photography and if you have a video maker also for the video interviews. For the portrait photos is important that they are staged against a white background. For the video, make sure you find a quiet space for the interviews.
  • In the spirit of GCD, make your event as sustainable and low-impact as possible.

Inviting Children & Making a Selection

Selecting, inviting and preparing children is one of the most important things you and your team will do for the event. This is your chance to empower and unleash children’s creativity in your community while exposing the global audience of their ability to contribute to design a better world! Rules

  1. Children should be age 8 to 12.
  2. The event shouldn’t be longer then 6 hours, including breaks. See day script.
  3. Parents must sign a quitclaim beforehand. (Allowing their children’s photo / video to be made and used). If parents don't want their child on the photo, respect that.
Criteria Keep the following criteria in mind when you start selecting the children:
  • We would like the children to be from mixed backgrounds. In most cases it will be easier to target middle class children but it is preferred to include children from working class also. How easy this is to organize will differ per location.
  • Per location we expect 30 to 40 children to take part in the age range of 8 to 12. 50% boys and 50% girls.
  • We would like to ask the children before hand, to really commit to the process, it’s not a walk in and see if you will stay, type of event. It is a big chance for them to learn something interesting, have their ideas taken seriously and to connect with their peers in other parts of the world.
  • Provide name tags. Helping children remember names makes them feel more comfortable speaking with one another.

Where to recruit the (right) children?
  • Get in touch with schools and after school programs in the neighborhood of your location and ask the teachers if they know children who fit the criteria for joining.
  • Ask your family, friends and your network.

How do you know if the children fit the criteria?
  • Motivation! is a key word to be selected to join the GCD. Preferably the children which are interested in creating and making and preferably have experience with Lego, Knex or other more or less technical materials. A little bit of technical insight would be good.
  • The younger ones need to be able to focus for a longer time on a project, so it might be too much of a challenge for children who have difficulty in concentrating.
Signing up It is handy to have all the participating children register using an online form. In this way you have their correct contact information and the parents will click a tick box saying that the Designathon Works can use photographs made at the event for publication as needed. How do you make sure the children show up on the GCD?
  • In some countries / locations it would work to ask for a fee, to be paid in advance at the sign up. This way chances will be higher that parents will bring the children to the event since they have paid for it
  • In other locations it might be an idea to have the children picked up and bring them to the location.
  • Ask children to sign up beforehand with their motivation and perhaps join a pre designathon info session.
  • Send email right before the event with the most important information (location, date & time, program)
Links, templates and samples: Submission form Quitclaim

Your Team

Recruiting your team
The first step for any GCD host should be assembling the team. Putting together a trust of committed individuals who will help make the whole thing happen. You are the host, but GCD is definitely a group effort!
Choosing the right volunteers can be one of the toughest parts of the GCD experience, but can yield some of the greatest rewards. Favour organised, self-managed and hardworking individuals. Look for people who have both the skills needed and the bandwidth.

There are a number of roles needed. To be comfortable with the group of 25 to 30 children and with the whole process, 6 adults are needed.
The roles and profiles are:

  • The main host. General Superhero and Visionary. Affiliation with children, future education, creativity, and technologies. Is willing to organise a special day with children.

  • 1 or 2 designers. An adult that has been trained as a designer or is practicing as a designer in their work. They should be familiar with the design thinking process and steps of doing initial research, ideating (brainstorming), making prototypes and presenting work. They should have an affinity for working with children and appreciating the child’s perspective.

  • 1 or 2 technical makers. This is an adult with an affinity for electronics and making things, with some technical knowledge, this can be in form of a hobby or professional perspective. They should have an affinity for working with children and appreciating the child’s perspective.

  • 1 or 2 teachers. An adult who is experienced in working with children and leading groups of children. Open to new ideas.

  • General assistant. This is an adult who can help have overview of the event and can help out as needed. Someone used to working with groups of children would be helpful. They can help the host, watch the time, help with lunch, etc.

  • Storyteller / blogger. This is someone responsible for all the blogging and social media. Before, during and after the event.

You will need all of the above mentioned capabilities on your facilitation team. You may find designers who also teach and be able to combine roles.
Facilitators carry the spirit of the event. They are the guidance and a friend to a child, and an evangelist with a mission to empower and promote children’s creativity and innovative thinking to make a better world. Facilitators should have an affinity for working with children and appreciating the child’s perspective. They should be open to new ideas.

Coordinating your team
  • Engage your team: You shouldn’t be the only evangelist of GCD on your team. Help your team understand the essence of what they’re trying to create by exposing them to our method.

  • Create an organisational plan: assign specific roles to your team members and create an organisational plan that lays out the overall team structure as well as responsibilities and milestones for each role

  • Assign roles / tasks: divide the major components listed above into specific roles that your members can take on.

  • Appoint a Storyteller: appointing one person your official Storyteller is a great and consistent way to keep people interested and updated about your event. Recruit a passionate team member to fill this important and productive position.

  • Embrace the role of Lead Curator: As event organiser, you are the ultimate steward of the event. Oversee the core team and tackle individual tasks as needed or desired.

  • Utilise project management tools: consider using free project management software such as Asana or Trello. Google Docs are helpful for content management across the team.

  • Develop a project timeline: Use the timeline we shared with you to develop a general overall plan for planning and implementation. Also develop a more detailed timeline with key deadlines.

  • Join the Facebook GCD hosts group: The GCD hosts group on Facebook is place to connect with each other and share tips and ideas around GCD 2018 event. If you never received the invite, email ina@designathon.nl

  • Google Drive: use your folder on Google Drive to share the plans as we organise the event.

  • Be flexible: with any event, there is bound to be last minute scheduling conflicts, technical issues and other unexpected roadblocks. Wherever possible, have backup plans that can be deployed if needed.

  • Keep things fun: the level of commitment needed to put on a GCD event can sometimes feel daunting. Helping everyone, including yourself, to have fun can make the overall process easier. Try to do team building activities like having potlucks alongside meetings or attending a fun event together.

Like you, volunteers will be giving significant amounts of their time to this endeavour. Find ways to express to them their value during the recruitment process as well as throughout event planning. From perks such as being acknowledged on the website to a volunteer appreciation event, you can help build and maintain a collective of happy and engaged volunteers.

In order to use the same design process on each location it is important that you and your team understand how they can best facilitate the children’s process.
Let facilitators know what to expect. Make sure that they understand the Designathon method and the type of work you will expect from them. Be sure to share our Online Training Video and GCD guidebook for a Designathon workshop with your team and in that way make them ready for our webinar in October.

"Pizza evening"
This is how we call the team meeting in which your team comes together to get acquainted with the theme and with the maker kit.

Running the event
Keep track of the details. Event production is hard work. Use management tool software and checklists to stay on top of things.
Be flexible. In the hustle and bustle of the event day, something invariably doesn’t happen according to plan. Have backup options available for as many things as possible.

Develop an event day script
Develop a script and timeline for the event day that can be referenced by volunteers, including the event host and vendors. See an example here.

Confirm everything
In the weeks leading up to the event, confirm venue, vendors, volunteers and children participants. Make sure everyone is aware of their responsibilities for the day. Include the confirmation process in the project timeline.

Develop an event day checklist
The checklist can be used to track systems and facilities as they are tested and people as they are confirmed. Organise the checklist by category.


GCD webinar will take place in October 2019.

To prepare for it we are asking the following:

  1. Fill in a Doodle form (you will receive an invite from us in October) indicating when it is convenient for you and your team to follow the webinar. Please check-off all the options that suite you. We will have groups of 5 cities a time participating at the webinar.
  2. With the whole team, watch the video below. In this video Emer guides you through the Designathon steps and explains what roles the facilitator should take. Also watch the video tutorials on maker kit.
  3. Discuss the video's with your team members and write down questions you might have.
  4. Go through the theme slides: Food & Climate Action. We will deliver it to you in October.
  5. Discuss the theme with your team members and write down questions you might have.
(This video was made for the GCD 2017 webinar. Although it was made a while ago, it will still give you an idea of the Designathon process and some tips & tricks around facilitating children.) Webinar (45 minutes / 1 hour):
We expect your whole team to follow the webinar (preferably in the same room / place).
Webinar will be in a form of a Q&A session with you and other cities. Have your questions ready!
  1. We will discuss the designathon process and the video you watched.
  2. We will discuss the technique of the maker kit.
  3. We will discuss this year's theme: Food & Climate Action.
  4. There will be space for other questions too.
The reason that we are grouping multiple cities together for the webinar is so that you can learn from the questions the other teams might have.

Pizza Evening

To inform your team about the theme as well as to get them familiar with the maker kit, we'd like you to organise a "Pizza Evening" with your whole team. (We call it like that because we order pizza for everybody and play around with maker kit all evening :) What you can do on that evening

  • Run through the GCD theme slideshow and guidelines (draft version available in September, final version available in October).
  • Play around with the maker kit. The maker kit is a lot of fun, not only for children but for adults as well. From our experience, it is a lot easier to help children out when you already played around with the maker kit yourself.
  • Watch the " How to..." tutorials.

Theme: Food & Climate

You will receive the final draft in the week #42.

For now please read here to gain more info about nr 2 Sustainable Development Goal.

Branding & Marcom

In order to tailor this global program and to make our audiences recognise and love GCD, we must all agree to follow the communication standards. These guidelines help us speak with a unified voice. If you have any questions about marketing or promoting your GCD event after reviewing this section, please contact Ina.


  1. GCD event names must be city-based. Like for instance Global Children Designation Amsterdam. Names co-branded with organisations are not allowed.

  2. GCD event must stand alone, and cannot be co-branded or associated with another organisation. Companies can only interact with GCD events as sponsors.

  3. Designathon Works will deliver a logo set and artworks to the licensed host for use during the term of the license, for use only in conjunction with your event. (Logos are not to be designed by event hosts.) Designed collateral is subject to review and approval.

  4. GCD logo must appear on your GCD website (optional), all outbound communication and all marketing materials.

GCD 2018 presentation doc
Use this doc to communicate about the event.

Designathon artworks not only add a brand but also add the fun!
By the end of September we will have designs ready to be adapted for each location:
  • Event flyer
  • Event banner

  • T-shirts

  • Badges

  • Stickers

  • Website / Facebook covers and horizontal banners

  • Certificates

Maker Kit & Making Materials

In order to build their inventions, the children make use of the maker kit, various kinds of tools and self-collected materials. Maker kit
Maker kit contains electronic parts such as LEDs, motors, etc. packed in a handy and durable box for use and re-use. Provided by us. micro:bit For all of you who wish to implement micro:bits in the GCD, this is the link to our micro:bit 'lesson'. We advice you to have someone in the team who is experienced with it and can easily decide with the children how to implement it in their prototype and then program it for them. Maker kit shipment The shipping of maker kit, especially to non-European countries turned out to be quite expensive and the costs unpredictable. So if you know anyone travelling to your location from Amsterdam any time before the GCD takes place, it'd be great if you could, with our help, arrange for that person to take the maker kit with her/him. If that doesn't work out, then please give us all your details so that we can ship it using UPS. We need:

  • Your full name
  • The address to which it should be shipped
  • Your phone number
  • Your email address
Making materials Cardboard boxes, bottle tops, straws, plastic bottles and other recycling materials. Where possible we advise the use of biodegradable and recycled materials.
You and your team should start collecting these materials two weeks prior the event. Cardboard boxes, bottle tops, straws, plastic bottles and other recycling materials. Where possible we advise the use of biodegradable and recycled materials.
You and your team should start collecting these materials two weeks prior the event.

See Maker kit, tools & making materials for the complete list and check out Making tips for how-to guide.

Day Script

Schedule the day. These are the points you should bare in mind when making a day script:

  • Run tech rehearsal.
  • Doors open.
  • Short introduction. The host provides a short introduction about the Designation Works, GCD, the venue, special guests, program time.
  • Start with the game.
  • Follow the Designathon steps. A typical Designathon session is 5 to 6 hours, broken in smaller steps of a Designathon Cycle.
  • Plan multiple breaks. Children need time to rest and stretch and eat and drink. A full day should be broken up by multiple brakes.
  • Live exchange. We want to connect the children during the day with the other locations. So a good internet connection is needed and a laptop with internal camera. We may use Skype, Zoom, Google Hangout or something else to connect with each other.
  • Provide food and drinks.
  • Make social posts.
  • Keep track of time.
Day script (based on GCD 2018) :
9.30 am: Doors open
10.00 am: Welcome and opening game
10.20 am: Inspire: (slideshow) and discussion
10.55 am: Research and Ideate: (with worksheets)
11.25 am: Sharing a few first ideas
11.35 am: Sketch: (with worksheets)
11.50 am: Sharing a few sketch ideas
12.00 pm: Lunch break
12.30 pm: Exchange: Let’s share those brilliant ideas!
1.00 pm: Introduction to prototyping
1.15 pm: Make
3.00 pm: End of the Designathon
3.30 pm: Show: presentation in front of the live audience
4.30 pm: Wrap up & drinks Don't forget to photograph the process and outcomes!
More extensive day script here.

Expert Panel

Presentation part of the day is the moment when children proudly share their work with the rest of the group, with the expert panel, their parents and everyone else in the audience. After each presentation children will receive a feedback. Tasks of the expert panel

  1. To give encouraging feedback on the designs of the children.
  2. To give brief interviews / response to possible press and / or video maker.
Criteria Keep the following criteria in mind when you start selecting and inviting experts: We would like the experts to be from mixed fields: innovation, technology, education, design, theme expert, etc. 50% male and 50% female. It would be wonderful if you could include a child in the panel. Ask the experts to really commit. Briefing expert panel


In addition to the 250+ inventions that came out of the GCD 2018, we produced a second edition of the report, the Global Voices of the Next Generation on: Deforestation. It is an eye-opening and breathtakingly inspiring demonstration of exactly why we should be unleashing children's potential on all the big challenges of this time!

In this report we gathered data to support all our beliefs and to measure our impact across the globe. It helps us scale, attract new partners & collaborations and it is a great opportunity to show off the great people we work with. Can you help us make this report even bigger and better?

More info coming soon…

Presentation Audience

GCD is more than an event, it is a global community which believes in the power of children's creativity and wants to spread awareness about the importance to engage children to co-design society. So who you invite is as important as what you program is. Your guests will be charged with carrying our vision into the world. Hosts should select their audience carefully, choosing participants from a wide variety of backgrounds who can contribute to the conversation. Inviting your guests

  • Invite all the parents to be present at the end of the day at the presentation of children's ideas & prototypes.
  • Invite your special guest(s): someone from a city innovative council, CTO or innovative educator to ‘receive’ children’s innovations.
Managing your GCD community
  • GCD is only the beginning. It is the first step in creating a rich and dynamic community that you have helped to foster.
  • Stay in touch—even after the event. In order to continue to build excitement and momentum around future designathon workshops it's important to keep in touch with your audience, children and other community participants.
  • Tools to manage the process of organizing and communicating with attendees easier: Eventbrite, Google Forms.


After your event is finished, you'll need to fill out and submit the official GCD host feedback form.
Your feedback is valuable to us. We take it into account when preparing for the next edition of the GCD.

Top Three

For the third year in a row we are making a global research, an eye-opening and breathtakingly inspiring demonstration of exactly why we should be unleashing children's potential on all the big challenges of this time. To make this happen we need the help of all our GCD hosts.
What do we need from you? We ask you to deliver the top 3 ideas / solutions: a photo of the team holding the prototype, and a written explanation of the idea / solution in English. The explanation should involve: names and ages of the children, name of the team, problem they where solving and a descrition of how their design work. Title of this year's report is Global Voices of the Next Generation on: Food & Climate Action.

Photography & Videography

Photo and video material are the main medium in Designathon Works storytelling. They tell the story of each child and each invention, and give it a permanent life online. If you hire professionals (and we strongly recommend that you do), make sure that they read through our briefing as shooting designathon has unique requirements.
Links, templates
Photography briefing & videography briefing
Video recap Zagreb
Video recap from Chennai Interview with a host
Interview with expert panel member
Interview with a child participant
Photo portraits Check our YouTube channel for more videos!

Designathon Method

Designathon method combines aspects of Design Thinking and Maker Education, both approaches which are gaining ground in education systems around the world. This method is a great way to embed project based learning into the school curriculum and focuses on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 21st century skills (defined by WEF) such as creative problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, empathy and digital literacy. Designathon method has an underlying pedagogical model inspired by Reggio Emilia approach, John Dewey’s ‘Child and the Curriculum’ and Seymour Papert’s learning theory constructivism. It also promotes learning transfer as defined by Mayer & Wittrock, 1996: Transfer is the ability to use what was learned to solve new problems, answer new questions, or facilitate learning new subject matter.

The designathon process in steps:
The design process will be the same in each location. It has been written up with clear guidelines, timings and instructions for facilitation. We would like to ask you for your input of local examples for the slides (we deliver the slides, you add local examples) at the beginning of the process, so that they represent each locations and their local context. In order to be well prepared to run a designathon, you and your team should read our GCD designathon guidebook and watch our online training video.
Technologies and materials
The technologies and prototype materials we use will be the same in each location:

  • Designathon Works maker kit (basic electronic pieces such as motors, LED’s, wires) will be provided by Designathon Works for each location to work with.
  • Making materials (cardboard boxes, bottle tops, straws, plastic bottles and other recycling materials) and tools (scissors, glue-guns, screwdrivers, pliers, etc). See Maker kit, tools & making materials doc for the complete list and check out Making tips doc for how-to guide.


Let’s share those brilliant ideas!

It's all about connecting and sharing. We love the idea of the global community of future changemakers. That is why each year during the day the children from different cities connect with each other.

Live connection should last at least 20 minutes and should look something like this:

  1. Short introduction: choose one child to say where they are (city and venue), what time it is, with how many children they are, what her/ his name is.

  2. Presenting ideas: two groups of children present their ideation worksheet and describe what their idea is / what they are going to make.

  3. Asking questions: two children ask question to the children in another city. They can decide what the question is. Usually is something like: How is it to live there? What do you eat and drink? What language do you speak? etc...
  4. A facilitator should lead this process. But children should have the main role. If the children are from the cities that don't use the same language then one of the facilitators should translate.

Location technology
You can decide which connection you want to use. We suggest Skype, Zoom or Google Hangouts. It is important that you connect to each other before the day itself in order to meet each other and check the connection. On the day itself, you should test the connection well before the exchange is scheduled.

You will receive the list of your connection buddy in October. If you wish to connect with more then one city please take the initiative and approach the host you like to connect with. The list of all the hosts is here.

Post Event

So, you’ve just finished this big-deal amazing GCD event, you’re elated, but also a little tired—and we want more? Conclusions are important, and as the GCD event grows, it’s imperative that you talk about the conversations and multimedia generated by your GCD event.
The success of the GCD program depends on hosts’ reports and feedback. What you are creating is important, and it should be shared!
Sharing your experience

  • Continue to tell the world about GCD! Update your personal blog, website and social media accounts to share links to your GCD event site. Quote or tweet about children’s inventions, special guests, feedback. Remember to keep it short and sweet, with an inspiring saying about GCD or your individual event.
  • People love reliving amazing moments and events they’ve attended. Allow them to do that by posting a selection of great pictures from your event, writing a blog post, creating a mini recap video. Within 48 hours of the event. Storytelling ideas and examples:
    • Showcase children’s inventions with their age and a little description of it.
    • Tell us about a personal experience of a child, facilitator, parent. Maybe even write to tell us about how you feel the day went—we love those kinds of emails!
    • Share the great little interviews with the children inventors and video you created of your event, a behind-the-scenes video. (If you've made one).
Taking action with Designathon Works
  • Of course we hope this is just a beginning of our friendship! Let us know if you or someone you know is interesting in running designathon workshops more often and wants to obtain a Designathon Works license.

Video Tutorials

A few video tutorials to show you how to use basic parts of the maker kit: - How to connect a LED light - How to connect a motor - How to connect a switch - How to make a set of wheels

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