Digital Detox Challenge: Redefining Connectivity for Mental Well-being

Challenge Description: The Digital Detox Challenge invites participants to reimagine the relationship between youth and technology, with a focus on promoting self-care, mental rest, and in-person connections. In a world dominated by digital devices and social media, this challenge challenges participants to design innovative solutions that empower youth to take intentional breaks from technology, prioritize mental well-being, and cultivate meaningful offline connections.

Problem Statement: How might we inspire and support youth in taking breaks from digital devices and social media to prioritize self-care, mental rest, and in-person connections, fostering a healthier balance between online and offline experiences?

Key Considerations:

  1. Awareness and Education: How might we raise awareness about the impact of excessive screen time and social media use on mental health and well-being, educating youth about the importance of taking digital detox breaks?
  2. Behavioral Design: How might we leverage principles of behavioral psychology and design thinking to create interventions and incentives that encourage youth to disconnect from digital devices and engage in offline activities?
  3. Alternative Activities: How might we provide youth with engaging and fulfilling offline activities and experiences that serve as alternatives to digital entertainment and social media, promoting creativity, physical activity, and social connection?
  4. Supportive Environments: How might we create supportive environments within schools, homes, and communities that prioritize mental well-being and encourage healthy boundaries around technology use, fostering a culture of digital mindfulness and balance?
  5. Peer Influence and Social Norms: How might we harness the power of peer influence and social norms to create a culture where taking digital detox breaks is seen as normal, desirable, and socially rewarded among youth?
  6. Digital Well-being Tools: How might we develop digital tools, apps, or platforms that empower youth to monitor and manage their screen time and social media use, providing personalized insights and recommendations for taking breaks and disconnecting?
  7. Family and Community Engagement: How might we involve families, educators, and community organizations in supporting youth in taking digital detox breaks, fostering collaboration and collective responsibility for promoting healthy technology habits?

Submission Guidelines:

  • Participants are encouraged to develop innovative solutions that address one or more of the key considerations outlined above, demonstrating creativity, feasibility, and potential impact.
  • Submissions should include detailed design proposals, conceptual prototypes, user personas, and any other relevant materials that illustrate and explain the proposed solutions.
  • Consideration should be given to the scalability, accessibility, and inclusivity of the proposed interventions, ensuring that they can reach and benefit diverse youth populations.


  • Winning solutions may receive recognition, support, and resources to further develop and implement their ideas, potentially leading to real-world impact and positive change in youth mental well-being. If you submit your proposal to us we will gladly provide participation certificate with hours you report.
  • Participants will have the opportunity to contribute to the promotion of digital mindfulness and balance among youth, fostering healthier relationships with technology and promoting overall mental health and well-being.

By addressing the Digital Detox Challenge, participants have the opportunity to design innovative solutions that empower youth to take control of their digital lives, prioritize self-care, and cultivate meaningful offline connections, ultimately fostering a healthier and more balanced relationship with technology.

Sample lesson structure:

Title: Digital Detox Design Workshop: Fostering Balance and Well-being in the Digital Age

Workshop Overview: The Digital Detox Design Workshop is a collaborative and interactive group design experience aimed at empowering participants to develop creative solutions for promoting balance and well-being in the digital age. Through a series of structured activities and discussions, participants will explore the impact of technology on mental health, identify opportunities for digital detox interventions, and design innovative solutions to encourage youth to take breaks from digital devices and social media.

Workshop Objectives:

  1. Raise awareness about the importance of digital detox and its impact on mental health and well-being.
  2. Foster collaboration and creative thinking among participants in designing solutions for promoting balance in the digital age.
  3. Develop actionable strategies and interventions to encourage youth to prioritize self-care, mental rest, and in-person connections.
  4. Empower participants to take ownership of their digital well-being and become advocates for promoting healthy technology habits in their communities.

Workshop Agenda:

  1. Introduction (30 minutes)
    • Welcome and overview of the workshop objectives and agenda.
    • Icebreaker activity to build rapport and create a positive and inclusive atmosphere.
  2. Understanding the Problem (60 minutes)
    • Presentation and discussion on the impact of technology on mental health and the importance of digital detox.
    • Group activity to brainstorm and identify common challenges and pain points related to digital device use and social media among youth.
  3. Ideation and Brainstorming (90 minutes)
    • Facilitated brainstorming session to generate ideas for digital detox interventions and solutions.
    • Encourage participants to think creatively and explore a wide range of possibilities for promoting balance and well-being in the digital age.
  4. Design Development (120 minutes)
    • Break participants into small groups and assign each group a specific digital detox challenge or opportunity area.
    • Guide groups through the design process, including problem definition, ideation, prototyping, and solution development.
    • Provide support and feedback to help groups refine their ideas and develop actionable strategies.
  5. Presentation and Feedback (60 minutes)
    • Each group presents their digital detox solution to the rest of the workshop participants.
    • Facilitate a feedback session where participants provide constructive feedback and suggestions for improvement on each group’s solution.
  6. Reflection and Action Planning (30 minutes)
    • Reflective discussion on key learnings and insights from the workshop.
    • Action planning session to identify next steps and strategies for implementing digital detox interventions in participants’ communities.
  7. Closing and Wrap-Up (30 minutes)
    • Summary of workshop outcomes and key takeaways.
    • Thank participants for their participation and commitment to promoting digital well-being.
    • Encourage participants to stay connected and continue the conversation about digital detox and well-being in their communities.

By engaging participants in a group design workshop format, this curriculum provides an interactive and collaborative learning experience that empowers individuals to develop actionable solutions for promoting balance and well-being in the digital age. Through teamwork, creativity, and collective problem-solving, participants will gain valuable insights and skills to become champions for digital well-being in their communities.