• We are students creating solutions for the developing world

// Who We Are.


Meet Smart Solutions

We believe students can make an impact through the power of their ideas and talents. Smart Solutions is a nonprofit organization that connects students with some of the most pressing problems in the developing world. Through our conferences, design competitions, and incubator program, we provide students with the opportunities, tools, and advisors they need to solve these problems.

Our University Chapters:

  • MacU
  • WesU
  • WatU
    of Waterloo

Our Approach

We educate by exposing students to best-practice solutions for the developing world and the experts that are driving them forward.

We build by pairing up students to solve real problems faced by grassroots organizations in the developing world.

// What we do.


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Talk Change
The Talk Change Conferences feature experts who are solving important problems in the developing world. Speakers share with students their experiences, challenges, and the path they followed to implement their solutions. We host 3 annual student conferences: Talk Change Business, Talk Change Health, and Talk Change Technology.


The Build-A-Change Competition is where students team up to solve real problems in the developing world. With help from industry mentors, students develop creative solutions and pitch them to a live audience and a panel of judges. Past competitions have featured problem statements, judges, and mentors from Amnesty International, the Aga Khan Development Network, and SEVA Canada.



SmartLabs builds web & mobile technology solutions for grassroots organizations that lack the technical expertise and funds to build them on their own. We bring together computer science, design, and business students to build these technology solutions over a 3-month period.

Current project: An Android app used by clinics in rural Thailand to track patient records. Partner organizations: Access TeleMed & Warm Heart Worldwide


// The world needs more superheros.


We’re always looking for talented individuals to join our team. Be part of an organization that is working to solve real problems in the developing world. Join an awesome team where you’ll be faced with new challenges everyday. Work directly with our partner organizations, network with students from across Ontario, and enable the next generation of student changemakers.

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