Elevate Youth 
Created by Design Exchange

 Monday September 23 -
Tuesday September 24

Design is a transformative tool that can improve our quality of life. It can solve a food crisis, build sustainable and affordable homes, revolutionize healthcare, and smash accessibility barriers. Where design, innovation, and technology intersects – there are solutions for the greatest global challenges.

In September 2019, DX will host Elevate Youth Zone in partnership with Elevate, Canada’s largest innovation festival. Over the course of two days, youth and emerging innovators will have an unparalleled opportunity to be inspired, connect, and learn from the best and brightest creatives and disruptors. Talks, skill-building exercises, networking opportunities, and more will demonstrate design, innovation and technology driven by purpose; focus on inclusivity; move people to action through direct and inspiring engagement; create meaningful impact informed by a global outlook; and envision an optimistic future.

Social Innovation Youth Challenges

A full-day activity that integrates the 17 Sustainable Development Goals where participants draw from their own experiences and communities, and interdisciplinary teams of youth and mentors are tasked to consider some of the largest challenges facing the world and develop new solutions to social or economic challenges.

See our Spring 2019 challenge, My T.O. in 10, here

Interested in being a mentor at the Social Innovation Youth Challenge? Sign up here

Elevate Youth Stage

A curated series of talks highlighting creative problem solving, innovation, and design featuring top-notch speakers from the creative and tech communities.

Speakers include: Director X, Donté Colley, Khalid Hashi, Isabella Grandic, CG Chen, Melissa Andre, Raia “Coach” Carey, Tyrone Edwards, Stephanie Florio, Alexander Florio, Nadia Hamilton, Sara Basso, Alex Meli, Catherine Blackburn, Allie Rougeot, Vaanan Muragathas, Karen Craggs-Milne, Kimberley Veitch, Lesley Hampton, Seema Lakhani, Ashely Barby, and Nivatha Balendra.


Educators, including high school teachers and post-secondary instructors, and leaders of youth-focussed not-for-profit organizations are invited to register their class for the Social Innovation Challenges here and the Elevate Youth Stage here 

Funded in part by the Government of Canada's Social Development Partnership Program - Children and Families 


In partnership with Elevate 




DX Headquarters is
located at 234 Bay Street, Toronto

Please note DX will be closed on Sept 2  
Call 416.363.6121


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