Elevate Youth Zone
Produced 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


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.

See our talk with Yasin Osman, Jamal Burger, and Syndey Allen-Ash here.


Educators, including high school teachers and post-secondary instructors, and leaders of youth-focussed not-for-profit organizations are invited to register their class HERE 

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


In partnership with Elevate 




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