A devthon is a journey of exploration & co-creation

The format consists of 4 phases. The first phase involves immersion and problem/opportunity identification. The second phase consists of brainstorming & design. The third phase involves prototyping and the fourth and final phase involves a showcase and feedback.

Once the theme for a devthon is decided and announced , the curation/organizing team starts conversations with potential participants, experts and the local community on identifying and short listing the problem statements or opportunities that become the focus of the event. In this stage, participants immerse themselves into the focus area and develop empathy by actually interacting or simulating experiences of the end users/affected parties.

Participants discuss and explore all ways to address the problem. Facilitators with expertise in product design are invited to facilitate the participants.

  • Iterate quickly on all possible solutions at a high level
  • Sketch solutions on whiteboards and paper
  • Determine assumptions to be addressed

Design solutions

Participants converge onto feasible ideas and chart down time required for ideas.

  • Exclude solutions with limitations
  • Draft a blueprint of the most feasible solution
  • Narrow down on the resources required, the roadmap & timeline


Gather resources required to build a prototype for testing

  • Chart down what you require from the design
  • Procure resources from various sources
  • Communicate need for other resources

Collaborate and start building

  • Report on learnings from testing of the prototype
  • Plan for moving beyond the prototype

Teams present their prototypes

Participants demo their final proof of concept prototypes through presentation. If there is a jury, they evaluate the solutions here. An additional time for Q/A can also be allotted but time is limited to keep it precise.

Receive constructive feedback from others

An essential component of the Devthon format is to provide a forum to help the proof of concepts to be improved. Participants are encouraged to talk about others’ prototypes to help them improve.