Learn to Create Templates and Win: Icebreakers Templates Challenge 🎉🥳

  • 21 November 2022
  • 35 replies
Learn to Create Templates and Win: Icebreakers Templates Challenge 🎉🥳
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Hi Miro Heroes :sparkles:


Have you always wanted to learn how to create fun boards and templates but never found the time? 👩‍💻


Well, now is your chance! We’re giving everyone an opportunity to learn the logic behind template creation, create your own on the spot, and even get a chance to win.


We have partnered up with the Never Done Before facilitation community, and the Miro masters @Vitalij Malahov , @Tricia Conyers, and @NinaSwitch11 will each give a 90-minute template-creation workshop where you will learn about the 5 Cs of template creation:




🌞 Creation

 🎉 Colors



Sign up for a workshop!

Nina’s Workshop: November 23

Tricia’s Workshop: November 28

Vitalij’s Workshop: December 1 


Joining one of the workshops us not a requirement: If you feel confident with your template creation skills- no need to attend one or more of the workshops- but it’ll be lots of fun and VERY helpful 😊


You can then submit your brand new icebreaker template for a chance to win a prize 🙌


At the end of the challenge, we will reveal the winners at a talent-show-like event on December 14th hosted by the founder of the NDB community, @Myriam Hadnes and me 😁. We will reveal yet another fabulous prize category then!


Challenge details

 ✒ Timing

  • Submission period: November 21 - December 9

  • Voting & Judging: December 10-14

  • Winners announced: December 14

🎉 Prizes

  • Judges’ Choice - iPad

  • People’s Choice - AirPods

  • Surprise Category - to be revealed at the final event

💫 How to Participate → Check here


Happy creating!

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Time to start our next - March’23 - challenge! 
Find the details in this thread.
Please note, that we now calculate votes and likes in Miroverse for the people's choice award, so the earlier you publish the higher the chances are for winning.

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@Nick V you leave us no merci with super prolific and sharp icebreaker ! See you in 2023 on our beloved Miroverse 😍 !

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Oh, @Boris Petrovitch Njegosh it was hard to compete with you, but let’s meet in the next challenge ;)


@Helena Brandist , @Mariam Danielian  - appreciate for this challenge, looking for more!

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Huge congratulations to the winners, and to everyone who participated. We’re all making Miro better.

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So happy to hit the ground running with our RSprint template !


Thanks @Mariam Danielian and @Helena Brandist to follow up with us !!!!



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Hello again Miro Heroes!

Are you ready for the WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT?! 


The winners of 2022 Icebreaker challenge are:

  • Judge’s choice for the best Icebreaker template goes to @Boris Petrovitch Njegosh for 🖖 ME, My State and I template!
  • People’s choice award goes to @Nick V  for his top-voted Weather Report template! 

Congratulations to our dear winners and to all of those you’ve participated. Your legacy will live on Miroverse and make hundreds happy! 🙌

I hope we’ve all learned some amazing tips and tricks from our friends from NeverDoneBefore community and their amazing facilitators: Vitalij, Nina and Tricia. 


Congratulations and thank you everyone for participating!! 😍

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Hello dear participants!

Quick reminder that you still have some time today to get likes/ votes under your submission in this thread to win the People’s Choice award! 😎


The jury is still out for the main prize, but stay tuned: we will announce the winner of the challenge by end of day today!


 @Akos Piltmann @Nick V @Boris Petrovitch Njegosh @Louisdylanking @OnlyAli @Paul Snedden @amtodorova @Richard Becker @Barry Jack @Eline Charles @Indra Kusuma @Jaipriya.Pandiyan @Krasi_Owtcome @Mirjam Leunissen 

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Thank you everyone for your submissions! We are now closing the contest! 🙌


🏆 Judges’ Choice

Together with NDB judges, Miro panel will review all of your submissions to chose the WINNER! I can already tell that this is going to be a very difficult job. This time we will keep the voting and evaluation offline and won’t be running a separate event to announce the winners, we will announce the winner in this thread on December 14!


❤️ People’s Choice

Second winner will be decided by the number of VOTES (Likes) under the submission post in this thread. So go ahead and spread the word: the participant with the most amount of likes generated by December 14 will get the People’s Choice prize! 

Good luck!

CC @Akos Piltmann @Nick V @Boris Petrovitch Njegosh @Louisdylanking @OnlyAli @Paul Snedden @amtodorova @Richard Becker @Barry Jack @Eline Charles @Indra Kusuma @Jaipriya.Pandiyan @Krasi_Owtcome @Mirjam Leunissen 


please find our icebreaker here.


  • This Icebreaker game is designed to bring team members closer to each other. Participants need to work together in order to find the answers for some personal questions.

  • Who will win? All of the participants by having more information about each other. Get to know each other increases trust between team members, establishes psychological safety and contributes to a high-performing team.


  • This template is most beneficial to small groups with 3-10 team members.


  • It can be used as icebreaker before scrum sessions, brainstormings, any type of meetings.


  • Facilitator should think about a theme for the exercise (Christmas, etc.). Identify questions related to the selected theme, like "What was worst Christmas present you have ever got?"

  • As a preparation for the exercise ask all participants to answer one of the questions and collect their answers.

  • Update the template with the questions and integrate the answers to the word search part.

  • Use the exercise as 5 minutes icebreaker for your meeting.

  • Introduce the exercise, review all the questions and ask participants to find the answers in the word search. Answers should be highlighted by the rectangles provided.

  • Team members are to be discussed the answers shortly.

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  • Nick Vitsinsky

  • Scrum Master @ Betty Blocks


  1. Watch the GIF 📺 – Watch the gif inside the template for quick and easy explanation, it covers 99% of what needed to be done
  2. Make a list 📝 – Write a list of different types of things
  3. Spin the wheel 🎡 – Use Spinny Picker Wheel app to define what question will you ask the participant
  4. Chosen word ✍️ – Edit the statement and insert the chosen word into the phrase.
  5. Answer the question 🙋 – Use sticky notes to answer the created question
  6. Improvise 🎭 – Improvise. Change the list, add more types or remove. Make the it yours! Change the amount of thermometers. Find different statements. Make the it yours!

Instruction is also in the template itself. 

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  • Nick Vitsinsky

  • Scrum Master @ Betty Blocks




  1. Write your name 📝 – Write your name on the sticker
  2. Drag your monster 👹 – Pick the monster you like and drag it above the sticker below
  3. Pin your monster 📌 – Copy/Paste your monster to the appropriate place on the "Thermometer"
  4. Improvise 🎭 – Improvise. Change the amount of thermometers. Find different statements. Make the it yours!

Instruction is also in the template itself. 

Name: Mirjam Leunissen
Role: Self-employed facilitator & trainer




The 'Seeing the forest for the trees' board serves as a visual tool for exploration and connection with the entire group at the beginning of a meeting, using the metaphor of individual trees (the participants) together constituting a diverse forest. It sparks reflection & conversation and leverages the diversity of the group, revealing what would otherwise remain hidden - a picture is worth a thousand words! 

What do we (not) have in common? What are the strengths / weaknesses of our individual trees and do we form a healthy forest together? What might be missing in our forest? 

The board connects directly to the shared purpose of the meeting for which the characteristics of the forest are relevant and thus leads naturally into other activities and conversations.

Group: 6 - 18 people that are on a shared journey (e.g. in professional development or a project), but may not know each other very well yet.

Duration: 15 minutes


- the board supports less experienced Miro-users with pre-made drag & drop elements and the user only needs to access the default color palette
- within the limitations of the default color palette the contrast has been optimised to support users with a color vision deficiency
- the board is designed for common laptop screen sizes, optimising legibility while maintaining the overview (and thus limiting the need to zoom in & out)
- the layout follows the default scroll direction for easy navigation



Before the meeting:

Decide what information you want to visually encode in the tree ring profiles and what axes you use to sort the profiles. Change the labels on the board if needed.

The example shown is for a group of facilitators from the NeverDoneBefore community, visually encoding:

🌳 How many years experience do you have as a facilitator?
🌳 Are you self-employed or do you work for an organisation?
🌳 What area do you primarily work in these days?
🌳 Do you work mostly online, in-person or roughly 50/50?
🌳 How many certifications in facilitation do you have?
🌳 In how many professional communities are you currently active?


During the meeting:

1) Start at the first field and invite participants to duplicate & drag the tree ring image that reflects their situation to the second field on the board.

2) Reveal step-by-step the visual encoding guide at the bottom of the second field and demonstrate the editing steps, letting participants customise their tree rings.

3) Invite participants to move their customised tree rings to the final field, positioning them along the horizontal & vertical scales, so as to reflect their situation.

4) Now it's time to start seeing the forest for the trees! Invite a group conversation by highlighting aspects that stand out and by inviting additional observations. For example:

🌳 Are the trees healthy?
     What aspects of our trees serve / inhibit us? (e.g. certifications)

🌳 Do we form a healthy forest together?
     How might our similarities / differences support us?
     What might be missing in our forest? (e.g. specific expertise)

5) From here you can take it into further conversation and activities connected to the shared purpose of the meeting for which the characteristics of the forest are relevant.

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@Helena Brandist we have a crazy set of MIRO top notched CONTENT CREATORS here 😍 Good luck for judging :)

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    An icebreaker is an activity, game, or event that serves to host and warm up the conversation between participants in a meeting, training class, team building session, or other event.


    Get to know each other remotely, sharing your moodyour expectations and familiarize yourself with the use of the digital board tool.


    This workshop is designed to be driven in 15 minutes following the instructions :


  • Select a Note (N) and put your name and your location on it


  • Move your Note with the select tool (S) on the visual that reflect more your emotional status of the day



  • Complete your note with the expectation you have for this workshop,
  • You have one minute per participant to share your mood of the day,
  • Share love with Stickers and emojis from the toolbox over your partners notes !
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    With this exclusive LEGO®️ icebreaker enjoy a workshop kick-starting to reveal both mood and participant expectations using the beautiful Lego component.



    This workshop is designed to be driven in 10 to 15 minutes following the instructions :


  1. From background to top, create your personal avatar following your mood today.

  2. Duplicate (CMD/CTRL + D) each part and move them to the right side of the board choosing an avatar slot!


  3. Aside from your avatar, write your name,

  4. Write your mood and your expectations from the workshop today.

  5. You have one minute per participant to share your mood and your expectation of the day 🥳


Hello Miro Heroes!

  • Krasi Bozhinkova
  • Strategy Director at Owtcome

  • The Empathy Gap Icebreaker is a visual collaboration activity, bringing teams closer together to become engaged, connected, and creative. Outcomes are more powerful when everyone makes room for empathy.

    The Empathy Gap Icebreaker helps teams align at the beginning of a project/workshop or do a check-in to defuse tension and improve performance. As a result, you gain access to an empathic space, re-imagine the team dynamics, and find better ways to co-create with each other.

    This is a 15 min activity for a team of up to 16 people.


  • Instructions:

    - Pick your team (blue or red). You may give your team a name.

    - Settle on your land (blue and red) and discover your empathy heroes and other elements.

    - Express your present moment at work and how you wish to improve it.

    - Have each team share one thing they value the most about the other side.

    - Don't forget to have fun!




Hello MIRO Creators,


A Christmas themed, quick ice breaker to start any presentation, retrospective or event with a fun filled ice breaker game to engage all your team members on a track.


  • This template will grasp the team members attention with their attractive and fun filled activity.

  • First engage everyone to say Ho-Ho-Ho as mentioned in the image as a warm up.

  • Then ask team members to pick 1 or 2 and drop it in the box with name on the sticky.

  • Later, ask 1 members to make Christmas tree and 2 members to make snow man with the time on 1 minute.

  • Then see, who has completed everyone and start your presentation.

  • It will be really fun to finish object making on time :-)

Let’s have a fun engaging session with your team members .

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Hi Miro Creators,



Meme Battle is a fun, hilarious, competitive, and chaotic game that allows participants to be free to express their feeling and what engage with their life stories and recent experience.


When to use the Meme Battle?

The Meme can be utilized for two main purposes the facilitation:Retrospective-driven purposeIcebreaker gameIt very depends on your creativity in creating the challenge for each round.


How to conduct Meme Battle?

Meme Battle template is designed to be easily modified in the Battle Arena to serve both purpose.


Retrospective Format

Here are the steps for conducting Retrospective format:


  1. Explain the Retrospective purpose and Meme Template. Clearly define what this retrospective is used for and how you want to summarize the insight from the meme battle progress.

  2. Show how to do it in Battle Arena. Create the meme from the template to give context for the retrospective you can give prompt questions for each round to lead to retrospective principles: what is worked, what didn’t work & What could be improved for example.

  3. Give participants time to reflect and ask questions. Accommodate participants to overview the result from each other memes, you can ask to vote to be shortlisted for your team insights. Give time and space for participants to ask questions as well in Burning Question section to listen to new ideas for improvement.


Icebreaker Game Format

Here are the steps for conducting Icebreaker Game format:


  1. Explain the Icebreaker activity purpose and Meme Template. Give time for participants to explore for awhile on how to participate in the game.

  2. Show how to do it in Battle Arena. First, hide all the challenges within the Battle Arena and set a time for each round for 5-10 minutes to create the meme from the template based on the given challenge. 

  3. Let participants inspire each other and compete. The key is giving the opportunity to be free to express, and letting the participants create the meme based on their experience or daily life contexts which will help drive great engagement.

  4. Give space to overview and cool down time. After increasing tense and heat for the meme battle competition, try to give space to highlight the prominent memes as triggers to grab attention. Then cold down time by putting burning questions for facilitator or to the meme creators as complimentary.


Enjoy the Memes! 🤡

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  • Eline Charles

  • Founder, Check The Process

Building Metaphors:

Pick a station and start building!

This icebreaker helps to unlock creativity by using simple shapes to create a visual answer to the question.

It also helps the participants think in metaphors. Metaphors are powerful shortcuts to instant and memorable understanding. They evoke vivid images and allow us to "see" things from a new perspective, and are useful tools for creative problem-solving.


  • Pick a question
  • Remove the box to reveal the blocks
  • Build
  • Listen to each other's explanation
  • Reflect
  • Clean up!


  • Barry Jack
  • Scrum Master at Group GTI
  • Instructions in the template


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Miro avatar builder - icebreaker and beginner tutorial

  • Richard Becker
  • Illustrator at Big Pictury GmbH (Hamburg)
  • A combination of an icebreaker and a beginner Miro tutorial, this template will help users to:
    1. Create a self-portrait vector illustration using only Miro shape and line elements.
    2. Export the illustration as an image.
    3. Import the image as their Miro profile photo.
    The template is intended to be an engaging and expressive way to learn some of the basics of Miro, including arrangement, grouping, connecting, aligning and colouring of shapes, exporting of frames, and importing a profile photo. Users are encouraged to have fun and create something personal and original. The rules are, there are no rules! Examples are given as inspiration or as starting points. More detailed instructions can be found in the template itself.
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🎨 There's an artist hidden in every single one of us! This is an icebreaker that allows everyone to create a mosaic masterpiece and share what they care about in just 25 tiles.

  • Anna-Maria Todorova
  • Agile Coach, eyeo GmbH
  • Mosaic Icebreaker Template:

Miro board link: https://miro.com/app/board/uXjVP-RRohM=/
Password: mosaicicebreaker



0. Ask participants to choose a board and to add their names to the sticky in the top left corner.


1. Give everyone a moment to pick something they love. This can be an object, a person/pet or an activity.


2. Give everyone 5 minutes to create a mosaic representation of the thing they love.


3. Give everyone 3 minutes to look at the creations of others and write down their guesses on a sticky note. Bump the time if you have more than 8 people joining.


4. Go around the board as a group and let each participant share what they actually tried to represent.


💡Tip: If you need more than 8 boards, make sure to lock the background & the frame for the mosaic on the new additions, as well as to bring the color tiles to front, just in case!


📸 Photo by Bernard Hermant on Unsplash.

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  • Nick Vitsinsky

  • Scrum Master @ Betty Blocks




  1. Remind the Agile Manifesto Values 🧠 – Quickly go through the Agile Manifesto statements. Ask participants to think about the values mentioned for a minute 
  2. Inspect the examples of each value 🕵️ – Ask participants to write down examples when themselves or their colleagues has shown one of the Agile Manifesto Values. One sticky note per example. Examples of opposite are also ok.
  3. How well do you embrace Agile Values 🤗 – Each participant read out loud their stickers. Use it as an input for further discussion how well do you embrace the Agile Values and what can be improved

Instruction is also in the template itself.

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  • Nick Vitsinsky

  • Scrum Master @ Betty Blocks


  1. Choose your design🤔 – Select one of the four provided designs for you to clone aka copy/paste.
    • all designs assumes the centre is more hot / appealing / strongly agree area and outside is more cold / off-putting /strongly disagree areawrite participants names in design 2 & 4 to make a nice constellation. Modify the amount of lines according to your needs, add more or remove existing on
    • Designs 3 & 4 are more suitable for Colour Accessibility
    • Draw a graph 📈 – Ask participants to draw a graph on a timeline how do they feel the last sprint / iteration went. What was the hottest or coldest moment, where they felt like a shower rain, or when it was a sunshine.
  2. Write a tittle ✍️ – Write a tittle for your frame. For better visibility you can duplicate it in the header of the frame. It could be a statement or question. Something that people can relate to. Duplicate the frame as many times as many questions/statements you have.
  3. Create your avatar🎭 – Ask participants to create own avatar. It could be anything: Emoji, Sticker, Icon, Photo, Drawing, Compilation of multiple things, even the simple shape like star. Below is just an example. After avatar is created - ask them to write own name under sticker below it.
  4. Place avatar on radar🧭 – Ask each participant to drag their avatar to the appropriate area on the radar/map to form a constellation

Instruction is also in the template itself along with some statements for inspiration 

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  • Nick Vitsinsky

  • Scrum Master @ Betty Blocks


  1. Watch the GIF 📺 – Watch the gif inside the template for quick and easy explanation, it covers 99% of what needed to be done

  2. Draw a graph 📈 – Ask participants to draw a graph on a timeline how do they feel the last sprint / iteration went. What was the hottest or coldest moment, where they felt like a shower rain, or when it was a sunshine.

  3. Write your name 📝 – At the end of your graph write your name on the sticky note

  4. Spice Up your graph 🌶️️ – Use stickers to highlight some important moments of the sprint / iteration

  5. Explain your graph 🗣️️ – Ask each participant to briefly explain the graph and use the explanation for potential further discussion

Instruction is also in the template itself