Our annual DesignThinkers conference has concluded for another year and I am thrilled to say that the 2010 event was an overwhelming success. We had our largest attendance to date, with more than 1,300 delegates from across Canada and even the U.S. participating.
When we initially assembled our amazing line-up of industry visionaries, business leaders and experienced coaches, we truly felt that we had the makings of a fantastic conference that would generate plenty of ideas and much discussion. And as it turned out, our numbers – and the enthusiastic feedback we received from so many people attending – confirmed that our 2010 conference was indeed a year to remember.
Beyond hearing noteworthy insights and thought-provoking ideas from so many great speakers and industry leaders, the conference once again gave design community members a fantastic opportunity to meet with colleagues, network with industry contacts and forge new connections.
The group gathered for the 2010 conference in Toronto turned out to be as geographically diverse as ever, with delegates joining us from as far away as Alberta, B.C., Newfoundland, Texas and California. We were also pleased to welcome many marketing and communications managers, in addition to creative directors, senior designers, educators and students. It was an inspiring gathering of minds, to say the least.
Here’s what one attendee had to say in our follow-up survey of delegates: “DesignThinkers is one of the best-organized events for the design community – bringing together great minds and exploring how we can change the world.”
We could not ask for better accolades – or for a loftier goal than exploring how to change the world in which we live and work.
Every RGD initiative is designed to bring the community together to explore new ways to assist designers in the drive for success, innovation and progress – both within our organizations and professional roles, and in meeting the needs of individuals and society as a whole.
These include our recent Accessible Design project (www.rgd-AccessibleDesign.com), our bi-monthly webinar program (http://www.rgdontario.com/attendEvents/virtual/), our annual Design at Work competition (http://designatwork.ca/) and an annual Student Awards program.
Bringing people together to share ideas and explore ways to improve the future will be our goal again during next year’s conference, scheduled for Nov. 2 – 3, 2011 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC). We have in fact already begun planning that event and have confirmed one speaker – Chip Kidd. We’ll look forward to having Chip as part of our 2011 speaker’s lineup and to his participation on this blog leading up to and during next year’s event!
Sincere thanks to everyone involved in DesignThinkers 2010 – it is your participation, dedication and support that continues to ensure our success and growth. See you again next year and, in the meantime, keep in touch with this blog for more ideas, insights and commentary!
HILARY ASHWORTH, Executive Director, RGD Ontario