BIG IDeA's upcoming Design Challenge with Telus on the OCAD U

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 12:15pm



The BIG IDeA project at OCAD U and TELUS would like to invite you to be a part of the next Inclusive Design Challenge - Winter 2018. Designing Inclusive Retail Experiences


TELUS’ commitment to diversity and inclusiveness has been a cornerstone of their award winning culture and they are now partnering with BIG IDeA to build a more accessible retail store experience.  We are looking for a diverse group of creative minds to solve a set of design challenges that will improve the way that all customers but particularly customers who have mobility disabilities, are hard of hearing, or Deaf, navigate and interact with team members at TELUS stores.  If you are passionate about enhancing the retail experience, inclusion or design, then join us and TELUS in their journey toward where the future is friendly. 



This event is free to all, no experience required. Supplies, lunch and refreshments are provided. Accessibility accommodations are provided on request at registration

Participants can register now at: - sign up

We will have T-shirts and gifts for everyone and all participants we be entered in draws for a Samsung Gear S3 Classic Smartwatch and an LG G Pad IV


The Inclusive Design Challenge will be an accessible event and we strongly encourage people with disabilities to attend and share in the design process. Please reach out to me (, 416-977-6000 x 4672) with any additional questions about the event or to discuss other ways for your students to participate in our design challenges.


Please feel free to forward this to others who you think might be interested in participating. If you have the opportunity to promote the announcement in social media and are inclined to do so, please do! All of our social media handles (facebook, twitter, and instagram) are @bigideaproj.



SUMO Robot Challenge

Sumo Robot Challenge
Saturday, March 1, 2008 - 3:30pm to 9:00pm

This annual event features homemade robots in a variety of competitions: tug of war, dancer/painter, autonomous and full out, head to head combat! Long before robot wars and other similar robotic events that are commonplace today, the SUMO Robot Challenge features OCAD artists, designers, local high school students and the general public pitted against each other in competitions that push the limits of their imaginations, electronic, mechanical and fabrication skills. Begun in 1992, the SUMO Robot Challenge is an adrenalin-packed event that is not to be missed! Open to the OCAD community and the general public. All proceeds raised from the event go towards scholarships for OCAD students.

Please click on the link below for information on participating or attending.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
$5 for non-contestants, $2 for students