Ernest and Young Design Sprint

Do you like creating new technology and business solutions? Are you interested in working on diverse teams? Would you like to experience life as an EY professional for a day? The team at EY is hosting a fast-paced, 24-hour EY Design Sprint at Illinois, and is inviting undergraduate students in their junior or senior year to attend. By registering for this event, you will:

►         Understand and use design thinking processes in an interactive environment

►         Compete on teams of up to 5 people to create and prototype a solution to a real-life client scenario

►         Work with students from both the business and engineering schools to use technology and business together

►         Network and interact with EY professionals from multiple areas of the firm

►         Have the opportunity to win great prizes, including smart watches and action cameras

Can you tell me more about this event?

Design thinking is a process and methodology to develop and test new ideas. Its usage has grown in popularity with developers, consultants, or anyone looking to tackle a complex challenge. At EY, we are using design thinking with our clients more frequently to come up with creative solutions, that help us win in the marketplace.

During the EY Design Sprint, you will have the opportunity to learn about the design thinking process with a hands-on training and simulation, to introduce you to concepts.

The next day, you will then take that knowledge and apply it to come up with a solution to a client scenario that simulates the work we do at EY. Both technology and business ideas will be necessary to create the best and most complete solution. 

What is the agenda?

Friday, Nov. 9: 5:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

►         Design thinking hands-on learning experience

►         Dinner and networking

►         Team formation

Saturday, Nov. 10: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

►         Breakfast & presentation of challenge statement

►         Team idea creation and development (including lunch)

►         Pitch workshops (optional)

►         Team pitches to judges

►         Announcement of winners and distribution of prizes

How do I register?

Visit the registration link and complete the form to register! You need to commit to both Friday and Saturday times in order to register.  At this time, registration is only open for Juniors and Seniors pursuing undergraduate degrees. Registration is limited to the first 50 students.

Note: Teams will be made up of a minimum of three and maximum of five students. Each team of 3 or 4 must have a minimum of one student from both Engineering (or Information Sciences) AND Business (with the final spot(s) from either school). For a team of 5, your team must have a minimum of two students from each school.  Teams will form on Friday night.

While each person will register individually, you can come to the event as an individual, with a friend (or two), or as a complete team.

Registration link: