In a design-a-thon [a design hack-a-thon], children (aged 8 - 12) come together to tackle issues that matter to them. Together, they . . .

  • collaborate to envision and develop creative ideas

  • apply simple technologies and build prototypes 

  • present their solutions to an audience


How it works

During a design-a-thon children are guided through a 7-step experiential process, linked thematically to a bigger global challenge such as water scarcity, poverty, deforestation, or citizenship. 



By taking part in a design-a-thon, many children discover unlimited possibilities, for themselves and for the world. 


Through each design-a-thon, children . . .

  • Acquire 21st Century skills: creative thinking, collaboration and global citizenship

  • Develop an agile mindset by working hands-on with new technologies

  • Practice presenting to an audience in a supportive environment

  • Feel a sense of agency to take action on issues that matter to them!

Local context, global vision and network

Thousands of children around the world are able to participate in design-a-thons because of our dedicated global network of regional partners and community organizations.

Children in communities around the world can participate in a design-a-thon through local organizations we call Design-a-thon Labs that are trained by us and our carefully selected Network Partners. This mode of delivery ensures children get involved in the issues that matter most to them.

We collaborate locally, to make change globally.

All over the world!

Expand your regional impact through our global network of Design-a-thon Labs!

Learning Objectives

Design-a-thon Works’ evidence-based methodology and lesson materials are delivered by trained teachers and facilitators and map to learning objectives specified by:

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The Netherlands​

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