What are the GVDS Spotlight Awards?

The Global Virtual Design Sprint (GVDS) Spotlight Awards are a peer-based recognition process where virtual design sprint practitioners can nominate each other for their contributions to the team and the Sprint.

Nominations are taken for the following categories:

  • Most Valuable Practitioner (MVP)
  • Best of the Best
  • Top Ten Practitioner

These awards are meant to acknowledge those who receive the highest amount of accolades from their peers.

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GVDS 5.0 - MOST VALUABLE PRACTITIONER (MVP)

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Lisa Weinsberger
Vienna, Austria

"Lisa is a great team player and strong facilitator.  She is enthusiastic, detailed and has a great understanding of the design sprint process and principles.  I really appreciated her willingness to collaborate and try new things - always learning and growing her capabilities.  Plus her adaptation of the Mural boards is exceptional!  I look forward to many future opportunities to collaborate with Lisa!"

"She is an amazing facilitator and team motivator"

"Lisa deployed her considerable experience to guide our team over the rocky terrain of an unfamiliar process for all of us.  Despite the unfamiliarity, and the ever-expanding Murals, she kept us moving forward and focused. She maintained the right balance of open dialogue and time's-up discipline."

"Lisa is incredibly talented and has led us through the Design Sprint with ease and fun. She never loses her cool, is swift and resourceful on the Mural board and has fully embraced her role as the facilitator. Her excitement about GVDS is contagious. She is AWESOME!!"

"Lisa led the team into a solid approach and gave crystal clear instructions, no wasting time.  Each moment was solid gold."

Previous MVP Winners:

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Jeroen Frumau
Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Sandy Lam
Leipzig, Germany
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Mehmet Karakus
Dusseldorf, Germany

GVDS 5.0 - BEST OF THE BEST

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Susannah Childers
Cary, North Carolina, United States

'Susannah is Design Sprint professional with 20 years of facilitation experience.  She was an outstanding advisor and mentor to our team Aloha as well as a committed contributor to the success of our prototype and team."

"Susannah provided us with many insights into the Design Sprint process, facilitation, as well as a cool User Testing tool and some of her best practices and testing guidelines. Our whole team really appreciated Susannah's wealth of knowledge of tools, as well as her approach to re-innovating and redesigning exercises.  She was a calm presence as an advisor and human being."

"Susannah is wonderful.  So calm, concise, wise and relevant to the topics, no matter the level of difficulty.""Susanna led the team into a solid approach and gives crystal clear instructions, no wasting time, each moment is gold with them. I can't credit Susanna enough, who gave us the opportunity to use a 10K $/year tool she has for her work in order to have qualitative data for our prototype tests."

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Jeanne Whitesides
Dallas, Texas

"Jeanne is a great teammate! She always has such a positive outlook on every idea and is excellent at using the "Yes and.." approach toward building on other's ideas.  Jeanne also has a keen thirst for understanding the complex and is very helpful in research and critical thinking exercises. Jeanne was also a great collaborator as we worked together along with the team to build our prototype using Mural as our prototyping tool."

"Jeanne was helping our team stay engaged and motivated by asking meaningful questions and bringing high energy on all our sessions. She also worked hard behind the scenes and created an amazing depository of research and tools that will be super useful in the future.""She's a visionary thinker.  That's all there is to say."

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Minou Schillings
Zeist, Utrecht, Netherlands

"Minou is a leader. She embraced the challenge of facilitation with curiosity and enthusiasm and kept the team focused on the work.  She attending every meeting, was always prepared, and was ready to step in and lead when direction was needed."

"Because the Dash was a new process for all of us, there was a lot of uncertainty in the team and in the facilitation. Minou was both objective and leading in her role.  She excelled at facilitating, communicating and pretotyping - an all-round star that really kept everyone on an even keel... both online and offline."

"Minou was excellent on our Dash team.  She struck a great balance between getting everyone aligned on the Dash's objectives to moving ahead and learning from the process."

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Mouhamad Chamandour
Lebanon

"Mouhamad made our prototype real; his professionalism and collaborative approach deserve recognition. He is an innovator and seeker who has been totally committed to our team. I am simply in awe and grateful."

"While we were still in the prototype design, Mouhamad had already gone the extra mile with detailed research on the marketplace for AI .He's leveled up the knowledge and understanding for the whole team.  He is detailed and exceptionally committed to learning all he can on the process and topic.  He's brought a lot to our team in a very short time!"

"The amount of work he put into the UX Design and the way he managed to make the whole team understand how AR apps for education work was amazing."

"Mouhamad went above and beyond to research the possibilities of AR technology, co-creating an outstanding prototype for our team Aloha. He lost sleep, learned Figma over night, created designs and wonderful animations, kept pushing himself and our team until the very end and never compromised on quality or kindness. He is our Aloha hidden champion!"

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Fides Fierz
Zurich, Switzerland

"Fides brought fantastic ideas to the sprint and also motivated the team so well. She has a wonderfully inclusive style, always positive and these qualities generated a high level of enthusiasm during all our activities."

"She is an amazing communicator.  Calm and relevant, always up to the challenge."

"Fides showcased meticulous dedication towards the sprint and made extraordinary effort to wade through each step of the challenge while making additional efforts to keep the sprint moving."

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Andy Davis
Fort Worth, Texas

"I learned so much from Andy in the two teams we were on together. His experience and casual approach to facilitation make people feel very relaxed. He also pushes things forward with super sharp insight. Andy is great with reading people and managing the process."

"This is the 2nd time I've collaborated with Andy in the GVDS. His knowledge, ingenuity, and experience just continues to impress me.Andy picked up the Dash framework (even though he was unfamiliar with it) and guided the team through the steps with ease! He asked powerful questions, held the team accountable, and promoted an inclusive learning environment."

"Andy facilitated the DASH without knowing much about the process.Even when our team was a little lost on how to proceed, he took his time to read everything carefully, give his opinion/suggestion, and ask everyone what they thought."

Previous "Best of the Best" Winners:

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Ian Thorne
Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Ahmed Yahya
Sleman, Indonesia
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Rakesh Kasturi
Berlin, Germany
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Friso Jankowsky
Vienna, Austria
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Andy Davis
Fort Worth, Texas
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Jason Ruud
South Elgin, Illinois
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Gina Couper
Auckland, New Zealand
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Daniel Herrera
Mexico City, Mexico
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Laura Barrabia Gil
Zürich, Switzerland
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Ken Soto
La Mesa, California
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Iva Sladic Keco
Hong Kong

GVDS 5.0 - TOP TEN PRACTITIONERS

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Benno Loewenberg
Frankfurt, Germany

"Benno enriched our teams' experience as a stand-up facilitator when needed, as a pop-up designer when others felt not-so-inspired, and as a flight attendant / pilot guiding us verbally through the storms of our mood-o-meter.  Looking forward to co-creating again!"

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Kat Duran
Honolulu, Hawaii

"Kat joined the GVDS for the first time as a designer.  She created a mobile prototype in Figma for the first time for our team.  Kat created a beautiful, functional, empathetic prototype for our team.  She's an outstanding designer, dedicated team player and an amazing human. Thank you Kat!"

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Cristina Murgoci
Bucharest, Romania

"Cristina displayed very valuable skills as a researcher, copywriter and team communicator as a Specialist for our team.  She's a dedicated team-player, researcher, and our secret weapon when it comes to writing empathetic copy for our prototype. She played a huge part in taking our prototype to the next level!"

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Elisa Guardabasso
Trento, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy

"Elisa joined GVDS for the first time and did an amazing job of ping-ponging facilitation, keeping the team motivated, informed and on track throughout our Dash process. She was flexible throughout the many bumps in our journey as we tried out the Dash for the first time as a team."

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Martin Feeley
Dublin, Ireland

'Martin has been such a cornerstone of the team... always moving on, taking us along, with his quiet, steady and oh so reliable and positive determination and curiosity what the next steps might bring. It has been a joy to work with him!"

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Gisela Andrade
Zurich, Switzerland

"Gia was critical in our user research. She went the extra mile to find candidates, conduct the interviews, and support the team with guides. Gia's energy and passion or user research is contagious."

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Brie Pampell
College Station, Texas

"Brie provided, by her own initiative, valuable insights for a better understanding of the problem space with my VDS team. She was also super patient and supportive to my non-stop requests for scheduling/rescheduling and interviewing."

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Alexander Bock
Munich, Germany

"Alexander was a wonderful facilitation mentor!  He made me feel welcomed from the beginning and I truly enjoyed working with him as a co-facilitator. He was both flexible and resolute, professional and funny. Getting to know him was one of the added values of GVDS."

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Jason Ruud
South Elgin, Illinois

"Jason has guided us throughout the process.  He has taking extra time for those of us who are new to the process to help us understand and given his best practices and shared templates and resources.  He is incredibly supportive, kind and humble."

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Iva Sladic Keco
Hong Kong

"Iva is a fantastic facilitator.  Her patience, focus and calm approach were very effective in keeping the team moving through each exercise.  During the sprint she also managed the whiteboards (Mural and Miro) and made sure the team had all of the assets it needed each day."

Previous "Top Ten" Winners:

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Ola Hafez Ali
Cairo, Egypt
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Lisa Lambert
Vancouver, Canada
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Mridu Nath
Bengaluru, India
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Lee Duncan
Raleigh, North Carolina
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Kristin Kazamaki
Sacramento, California
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Kexin Cha
New York, NY
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Catherine Lecloux
Quesnoy-sur-Deûle, France
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Ian Thorne
Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Rajesh Raghavan
Bengaluru, India
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Sarita Damania
Dallas, Texas
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Maike Strudhoff
Paris, France
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Lisa Weinsberger
Vienna, Austria
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Gunjan Singh
Utrecht, Netherlands
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Finn Kollerup
Ballerup, Denmark
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David Witt
Costa Mesa, California
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Benjamin Dehant
Tokyo, Japan
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Alexander Sprogis
Hamburg, Germany
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Andy Davis
Fort Worth, Texas
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Mehmet Karakus
Dusseldorf, Germany
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