Inspire, then hire - Loughborough Design School UXathon

23 February, 2015 by Natalie Moore | EventsUser Experience

On Saturday 24th January, five members of the Deloitte Digital UK Experience Design Team travelled up to Loughborough University to run a user experience design workshop with 30 of their final year and Master’s Design School students.

The intensive, full day ‘UXathon’ gave Deloitte Digital the chance to see the emerging talent and fantastic standard of work of the students coming through various design disciplines, with an interest in experience design. For the students, they had the opportunity to showcase their skills, engage with our team members and find out what it’s like to work in Deloitte Digital.

From a 9am start, six teams were given a design brief to create a digital solution to improve the health and wellbeing of employees. They were given three scenarios to choose from: a factory worker, an office worker or a delivery driver. With some healthy competition, plenty of food and stacks of post-it notes, the students worked hard into the late evening to produce their design concepts. Despite wanting more time to polish their presentations – they knew there was a prize for this! – at 7.30pm each group pitched their idea, demonstrated their User Experience process and final concept prototype.

Across the day, members of the Experience Design team gave talks to give the students a real insight into our firm and how we work. Matt Pettit, UX team lead, introduced Deloitte Digital and the wide range of our projects and activities. Pete Boam presented a case study and Chris MacTaggart told the students all about our Analyst training programme, which led into a helpful Q&A both for us and the students. Of course, no lunchtime at one of our workshops can be without Ed Grieg and his virtual reality gadgets and 3D printed models!

We were very impressed by the variety of ideas and quality of materials produced by the students; everyone who attended achieved a lot in one day! Particular congratulations to our prize-winners for best overall UX design concept, best prototype and best presentation. Here’s just one example of the level of work produced, from one of the winners of best presentation. Overall, the whole day was a great success for everyone. We had brilliant feedback from the students, not just through their comments but also by the number of them immediately getting in touch to apply to work with us. We hope this is the start of a great collaborative relationship with Loughborough University.