createRU — Designathon
April 10 - April 11, 2020
12pm to 4pm EST
Calling on students interested in product design, UI/UX, design thinking, or related fields.
Hosted by Creative X
createRU is a free, virtual 2-day event where college students can work in teams of 2-4 to design for social impact. It’s the first designathon hosted at Rutgers, but its open to students from any college.
During the event
There'll be a keynote speaker and a series of workshops to help inspire ideas and provide guidance with design.
No experience is necessary and no building of the final product (coding) is required.
Make sure to Join Our Slack to receive all updates and important announcements.
Everything you need to know the day of the event:
Read the Day of PDF
After the event
Judges will assess each team’s prototype at the end of the design period. Select projects will be rewarded with small prizes, and we'll be sure to provide constructive feedback for every project.
We hope this experience helps encourages meaningful ways to apply design while also providing an opportunity to practice collaboration and skills!




Design for your local community
Submit a prototype for a digital experience (mobile, desktop, etc) using principles in UI/UX and human centered design. We encourage you to be creative and design an idea that you feel fits the theme.
How createRU works
| Step 1
After deciding on a challenge you’d like to address, we recommend conducting research to understand the problem and your end-users. Start brainstorming ideas on how you’ll tackle the problem through your app/website design.
| Step 2
Using Figma or any other design tool, prototype your solution for the challenge. Work together to create a working, click-throughable prototype.
| Step 3
Submit a 5-minute max video presentation of your process and work via (Dropbox, Youtube, or Google Drive). Submissions are due Sunday 4/11 @ 12:00 PM. After judges review your project, you’ll receive feedback and possibly win a prize!
Opening Ceremony
12:00 - 1:00 PM EST
Join us to hear from our keynote speaker Rupananda Misra, learn about the challenge brief, and ask questions during a Q&A.
Zoom Link
Adobe XD Workshop with Jill DaSilva
1:00 - 2:00 PM EST
Learn how to design, prototype, and share with Adobe XD. You'll learn how to utilize Adobe XD to move from initial ideation to low-fidelity wireframes to high-fidelity prototypes. You’ll also learn how to use UI (user interface) kits to speed up your design along with some fundamental prototyping methods and how to share your designs for review and collaboration.
Zoom Link
Creative Concepting: Techniques to Guide Your Solutions with Timmy Chau
3:00 - 4:00 PM EST
Concepting and creative thinking can be a daunting task, especially in the beginning of a project where things start very open-ended. That uncomfortable stage of generating ideas is riddled with unknowns, what-ifs, and insecurity. In this workshop, Timmy will share a handful of practices that have helped him during these moments. Using the prompt of “designing for your local community,” we will explore how some of these techniques can be used as a part of our creative processes.
Zoom Link
The Design Mindset: Beyond Technicalities with Vilia Ingriany
4:00 - 5:00 PM EST
Today, getting started in design could be an overwhelming ordeal. Yes, there are more than enough resources out there to get you started and you might be tempted to click on the next Youtube video on say, how to get started using Figma, or that Dribbble link for cool design references. But being a designer is much more than the technical skills. In this talk, we’re going to touch on what design means for us, how might we ask the right questions, understand the problem space, use storytelling to envision and communicate impact, and come up with meaningful solutions.
Zoom Link
ADPList Design Mentorship Session
8:00 - 9:00 PM EST
ADPList has 1490+ mentors with experience in design, product management, business analysis, and more from leading companies around the world. During this time, you can get direct feedback on your project for the designathon, or chat about design and career advice in general.
Zoom Link
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I don't have a team?
No sweat, check out our Figma file to meet other participants. We will also have a team formation channel in our createRU slack.
Can I participate if I don’t know anything about design?
Yes yes yes, everyone is encouraged to apply. We'll have workshops in the first day to help everyone get started!
What is a Design-A-Thon?
At it's core, it's a chance for designers to come together to solve a problem with design. This can be a range of things, ranging from modifying an existing product, to creating your own unique app!
Is this event open to high school students or alumni?
While we are limiting entries to college students only (undergraduate and graduate), you are more than welcome to attend workshops and presentations!
How can I register?
Register by 11:59 on Friday, April 9th here!
Who can I contact if I have questions/concerns?
Email us at, or connect on Discord, IG, or LinkedIn!
Does it have to be for the New Brunswick community?
Nope! While we are (biased) based in New Brunswick, our objective is for you to reach into your own community and find ways to reach out and support people. Go out, talk to people (safely or via Zoom), see what their needs are, and what the best way is to help them! However, keep in mind that this is only a competition, and you are not designing real apps (but you are more than welcome to go ahead and do so after!), so be mindful of what you ask of others.
What prizes can I win?
More information coming soon!
Where will this event take place?
All online! Workshops will be held on Zoom!
Keynote Speaker
Rupananda Misra
Rupananda Misra, Ed.D., is a faculty member and curriculum coordinator in the User Experience Design (UXD) concentration. A skilled educator with special expertise in health informatics and educational technology, Dr. Misra advises students in MBS’s UXD concentration as well as students in the Information Technology and Social Media & Networking concentrations within MBS’s Computer & Information Sciences Track. Focusing on health informatics, Dr. Misra applied his extensive experience with web/mobile technologies, human-computer-interaction, and design thinking in healthcare to examine the use of participatory and user-centered interaction design methods when creating effective health care tools and when generating and evaluating the viability of alternative designs.
Jill DaSilva
Adobe XD
Timmy Chau
Vilia Ingriany
Sixty Two