For 15 years ACIDO's annual Rocket Awards has brought together top industrial design graduates from each of Ontario's accredited degree programs. This year we're growing the event, making sure it's not just about competition, but convergence. The Rocket Conference provides a unique opportunity for new talent and established expertise to co-mingle. It's a day packed full of one-on-one portfolio reviews, panel discussions, and, of course, a party to wrap it all up. Focused not only on helping young designers shape the future of their careers, but coming together as a community of collaborators to better understand the future of the industry.


Unlike the Rocket Awards, you don't have to be a school-nominated industrial design graduate to attend the Conference. It's open to all third and fourth year industrial design students from Carleton University, Humber College, OCAD University and Sheridan College. Spaces are limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.


speaker series

Rocket brings together diverse perspectives. Careers in industrial design follow many different paths. We are bringing together a panel of speakers who represents the many trajectories available in the industry - from makers, to entrepreneurs, to strategists - to share their struggles, victories and insights. 


Cynthia Damar-Schnobb, ACIDO

Senior Associate at Entro 

Amandine Johnson

Sustainability Officer at Keilhauer

Alexis Eizinas

Industrial Design Manager at Array

Dylan Horvath, ACIDO

President at Cortex Design

Lee Renshaw

Co-Owner of Rise Gear

Sam Kennedy

Founder and Design Lead at Feltro

Steve Verbeek, ACIDO

VP Design and Innovation at Teknion

Stephen Field

Owner at SF Industrial Design

Jennifer Allison

Founder of Art + Sole Academy

Barbara Spanton

Design Lead at Shopify


portfolio reviews

Rocket knows the value of a little face time. One-on-one portfolio reviews with industry experts give graduates an opportunity to get valuable feedback on their work and practice presenting in an interview setting. We ask that portfolios be edited down to 3-5 of the projects you're most proud of - this means you'll have the opportunity to discuss the thinking behind your work rather than flipping through page after page. 


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Steve Verbeek, ACIDO

VP Design and Innovation at Teknion

Anne Charbonneau

Senior Product Designer at Spin Master

Joshua Wood

Industrial Designer at Copernicus

Randy Yang, ACIDO

Industrial Design at Inertia Engineering

Borys Chylinski

Industrial Designer at Cortex Design

Alexis Eizinas

Industrial Design Manager at Array

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John Liu

Design Manager - New Product + Media at Shape Products

John Cowle

Industrial Designer at Copernicus

Jason Nip

Director of Product Development at Merrithew

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Melanie Cunanan

Director of Design & Product Development at Pehr Designs