2020 Design at UCI

Mindfulness & Productivity

Design-a-thon has concluded

Thank you tremendously to our judges and workshop hosts for helping us, Sketch for partnering with us, our board members, and of course–all of our participants!


Design-a-thon is 3 day long event where you or a team design a product focused on the theme: mindfulness and productivity. It takes place on November 20, starting at 5:30 pm and ends Nov 22, 7:35 pm PST.

Design at UCI is the premier student-run organization at UCI for anything graphic design, UI/UX design, product design, and more. Started in 2016, It has amassed many relationships in the Design community of OC and SoCal.

Through Designathon, our goal is to challenge and hone your design thinking process by introducing you to a real-life social issue that you—an aspiring designer—need to address and solve. We hope that this experience can help you acquire and grow both your soft and hard skills in empathizing with your users, defining a set of goals and needs, developing your product, and improving your confidence and creativity as a human-centric designer.

Workshop Hosts

Francesco Bertocci

Design Advocate & Ambassador at Sketch

Jane Chang

Product Design Lead at Google


Elena Searcy

Design Lead at Twitch

Lisa Law

UX Designer at Amazon

Jane Chang

Product Design Lead at Google

Yonius Saritoh

Product Designer at Amazon


Best Overall

Each member of the winning team will receive a $50 US gift card. Prize will be emailed as a link.

A 1-on-1 remote meeting with a Googler. You can utilize this session for portfolio reviews, career conversation, etc.

A free Sketch license for each member of the winning team

A spot on the Design at UCI website

Honorable Mention

A 1-on-1 remote meeting with a Googler. You can utilize this session for portfolio reviews, career conversation, etc.

A spot on the Design at UCI website


Two lucky participants will receive a free Sketch license. Those who submit a working prototype according to the submission requirement and prompt will automatically be entered. The raffle will be drawn on the last day.

Partnering with


Why should I join?
Creating an aesthetically pleasing, functional product is not only what a designer does; it is to listen to what our world needs, empathize people’s gain and pain points, and produce a solution that specifically targets what our world is lacking. We hope that this event can be a platform where you can start practicing your design thinking—a process of ideation, research, analysis, developing, and testing—to provide a better means to our world.
Who can attend?
Any United States college student (with an associated institutional .edu email) is able to sign-up and attend.
How do I sign-up?
Apply through our Application form.
How much does it cost?
Nothing! Designathon at UCI 2020 requires no cost to attend. All you need is a working device with Zoom and an open mind.
I don’t have prior knowledge in design. Can I still attend?
Of course! Design is all around us. We will provide workshops for beginners to get started.
How do I prepare?
During the event, we will be hosting Workshops for anyone new to Design thinking or the Design process. We highly encourage getting the hang of Figma, Sketch, Adobe XD, or the prototyping tool of your choice. You are also free to look through our resources page for extra information.
When is the application deadline?
Our Application form will close at November 13, 2020 at 11:59pm (PST)
How do teams work?
You can organize teams of up to 3 people by requesting individuals to be partnered with in our sign-up Application form.
What if I don’t have a team?
We will provide a Discord channel specifically for anyone looking for a team at our Designathon. Solo participants are also allowed.
Where do I submit my project?
You will submit your final, working prototype to the Submission Form.


Friday Night, November 20

5:30 pm
Join us on our Zoom. Led by President of Design at UCI, Jody.
Judges Introduction
Judges share their design background and journey. Introducing our judges: Yonius Saritoh, Lisa Law, Jane Chang, Elena Searcy.
Workshop 1
Led by Francesco Bertocci
Topic: Live Prototyping Tutorial With Sketch
Workshop Materials
Workshop 2
Led by Jane Chang
Topic: An Introduction to User Research
Challenge Brief and Q&A
Announcing Challenge Brief and opening Q&A.
President of Design at UCI, Jody, ends the events for the night.

Saturday, November 21

All Day
Continue Work on Projects
Any further questions related to the prompt, rubric, etc. can be asked on our Discord channel. Saturday will be dedicated to continued work on your projects.

Sunday Morning, November 22

8:00 am
Submission Deadline
Submit your working prototype through our Submission Form.
3:00 pm
Announcing 10 finalists
Our team will reach out to the email provided in the Submission Form to let the team know. These teams will move forward to and present their case study during the final round of the judging panel.
Work on Case Study
For all the 10 finalists, make sure to prepare your presentation so that it clearly elaborates your target user base, user research, and decision making process. Please refer to the rubric or ask questions on our Discord channel for more information and clarification.
Finale Opening
Led by President of Design at UCI, Jody.
Each finalist—there will be 10 in total—will have 8 minutes to present their user research findings and analysis.
Judging Panel
Speakers judge and decide on the Best Overall and Honorable Mention.
President of Design at UCI, Jody, announces the winners and asks them to share their experience.
Raffle Draw and Closing
Led by President of Design at UCI, Jody.
Two random attendees will be given a free Sketch license. Following that, Jody will ask each person how they feel and how their experience is.

Good luck!

We can't wait to see what you create

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