Design for Change 2023

Feb 13 2023 - Mar 28 2023


1 - 5 Person Teams


Congratulations to our Design for Change Winners!

1st Place: Team Game Changers

2nd Place & Audience Choice: Team Occasio

3rd Place: Team 40 Chances

For more information on the winning submissions, check out the "Winners" tab.

Design for Change is a challenge aimed at developing solutions for one of Canada’s most pressing societal issues: Homelessness.

Presented by Wilfrid Laurier University's UX Design Program and sponsored by Scotiabank, Design for Change is a great opportunity for students enrolled in a Canadian college or university to research, design, and share their solutions while addressing a pressing societal issue. Participants will be onboarded and provided context to consider from subject matter experts working and studying aspects of homelessness in Canada, along with practitioners of human-centered design (HCD) and user experience (UX) design to get a deeper understanding of available resources and enable them to develop a truly impactful solution.

Design for Change is an opportunity for participants to develop their skills through practice and application—directing their talent, ingenuity and drive for impact toward an important cause. On top of that, participants have the chance of being awarded cash prizes for their solution ideas, and have opportunities to connect with peers, mentors and community partners from coast to coast!

Challenge Statement

How might we turn care and compassion into tangible solutions for people experiencing homelessness?

Leveraging human-centered design mindsets and methodologies, participants will put their talents towards responding to this challenge statement and designing a thorough solution over the six-week challenge period.

Solution submissions should clearly connect to this challenge statement.


The top 3 Teams at the Challenge Finale will be awarded:

$3,000 CAD per team member for 1st place

(up to a max of $15,000 CAD for a team of 5)

$2,000 CAD per team member for 2nd place

(up to a max of $10,000 CAD for a team of 5)

$1,000 CAD per team member for 3rd place

(up to a max of $5,000 CAD for a team of 5)

If you are passionate about addressing pressing societal issues around homelessness, please join us!

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