Royal Roads University has reimagined the standard case competition to focus on innovating solutions to real-world challenges, using design thinking. In a world where leaders must navigate increased complexity, design thinking provides a structured approach for bringing new, yet-unimagined futures into being. 

The next Royal Roads Design Thinking Challenge will be online. Learn more about the design thinking challenge.


A design thinking challenge will be announced on January 31st, 2022.

You and your team will have 4 weeks to prepare a video response to the preliminary challenge. 

  • Round 1: Feb 21st, 2022

The first round of the challenge takes place asynchronously. You will be required to submit a video that informs your team's response to the challenge. The videos are reviewed by judges and feedback is given to each participating team.

  • Round 2: March 4, 5, 6, and 7th, 2022

This four-day virtual event will run from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm Pacific time daily. 

In the second round, you will iterate your work based on judges' feedback and engage in a new challenge involving a real organization. During this round, two keynote speakers will present on topics linked to design thinking and its implementation in the real world. Stay tuned for more information about keynote speakers and webinars.   


  • 1 team coach 
  • 1 assistance coach (optional)
  • Minimum 3 students, up to 5 students maximum

Coaches and assistant coaches are exempt from the registration fees. 


  • First place: CAD$6,000
  • Second place: CAD$3,000
  • Insight award: CAD$1,000

Solving society's tough challenges requires working collaboratively, sharing knowledge, and building on the ideas of others.  The Insight Award recognizes the wisdom and generosity of the team that has distinguished itself through advancing the insight of all RRDTC participants, beyond members of their own team. 

Note: the prizes will be sent to the winning schools and not to each participant. It is to the discretion of the receiving institution to distribute.

Certificate of completion

We recognize your learning experience in the challenge. Every participant will receive a certificate of completion. You may choose to include the participation hours in the RRDTC as an extracurricular activity in your resume. 

How to register

To secure your spot in the next RRDTC, you must pay the registration fee for a minimum of 3 teammates.

If other students join your team after you have registered, you can register new teammates by paying their registration fees. 

Early Bird Registration

- $275 per student (tax included), non-refundable. 
- Early bird registration closes September 14th, 2021 midnight PST

Registration after September 15th, 2021

- $299 per student (tax included), non-refundable. 
- Registration closes on December 20th.

Limited seats are available. 


If you have questions about registration, please contact us. If you'd like to receive the latest updates about the challenge, subscribe to our mailing list