What is the international development conference?

The Annual International Development Conference is an entirely student-run conference put on by the 1st to 3rd year students in the International Development Program in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo. Our student society SAID (student association of international development) works in cohesion with the conference team, which is entirely volunteer-based. 

What is the schedule for the day?

For the past few years, our conference has been lecture-based, consisting of two or three 20 minute lectures before a tea break, another two or three 20 minute lectures proceeding lunch, and finally a keynote speaker presenting for about 30-40 minutes who is later joined by our morning speakers for a Q&A period and panel discussion. In the past, the conference has also included breakout session running at parallel times, which would allow guests to chose between short lectures, seminars, or discussions. There is no definitive answer to what the exact schedule of the 2018 conference will look like. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

What else is there to do at Conference?

We aim for our conference to be a space for discussions and building connections. The breaks throughout the day are designed to facilitate conversations with fellow attendees, while NGOs, non-profits, and other organizations from the UW campus and greater KW region host booths around the venue for attendees to learn how to make a change in causes they are passionate about!


How much are tickets?

Tickets range from $15 - $20.
Ticket sales open in the end of 2017/beginning of 2018.
Tea, coffee, snacks, and lunch are provided in the cost of the ticket.


What is the topic of the conference?

The International Development Conference focuses on a different theme each year. In the past, we have explored human trafficking, urban development, global health, and much more. The topic of the conference is generally announced in the fall.


When is the 2018 conference?

The 8th annual conference in 2018 will be held in March, following the timeline of the previous few years. 

This date is subject to change. 


Where is the conference held?

The conference is held in Waterloo, ON every year.


How can i get involved?

For students at UW: We begin volunteer selection and training in September 2018. Volunteers are generally international development students, but if you are a student from another faculty who is passionate about international issues feel free to reach out!

For potential partners: if you are a non-profit, NGO, or startup company looking to get involved with our conference we can offer a variety of partnerships. Setting up a booth at our conference is one option. As well, sponsoring our conference with a donation will allow us to continue our mission to start conversations about international issues, and in return we will promote your organization in our marketing material.