Main goals of the event

What are the objectives of the competition?

The Hi5 Challenge is a competition that aims to encourage high school students to develop creative solutions to pressing health issues through the use of information technology. Information technology refers to any technology that is used for storing, retrieving, processing, and/or sending information.

All participants must abide by the following rules

  • Participants may participate in the competition individually or in pairs
  • Participants must be a Grade 11 or 12 student attending a high school in Kitchener-Waterloo
  • Participants must submit their proposed solution by Monday, March 5th, 2018 at 11:59PM
  • Participants must submit their proposed solution using the outline given below
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Please follow these instructions for the submission.

  • Competition participants must prepare a submission following the outline below and email it to the competition team at hdsl.hi5challenge@gmail.com by Monday, March 5th, 2018
  • If you decide to use citations, it must be in APA style. For more information on this style, please visit this link

2017 Competition Winners


2018 Competition Details

Mental health problems are not unique to youth and young adults, but often influence their current and future health.

One in five young people suffer from a mental health problem (Smetanin, 2011). Depression is one of the most common mental health problems, affecting 11% of individuals aged 15-24 years (Findlay, 2017). Nearly 70% of adults with depression experienced its onset in adolescence (Government of Canada, 2006) and depression is a leading cause of disability in Canada and globally (Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, 2015).

In this year’s competition, students are challenged to propose a solution on how to utilize information technology to prevent, monitor, manage, and treat depression among adolescents.

Submission Outline

Please follow this outline below to prepare your submission in MS Word or PDF format. Please keep in mind that the word limits below are the maximum numbers of words allowed and your submission can be shorter.

The Issue (max 200 words)
This section answers the following:

  • Describe the issue of depression in young Canadians in more detail.
  • Where applicable, please include in-text citations and a link to the citation source in the References section of the template.

The Solution (max 1000 words)
This section answers the following:
  • What is your solution?
  • How does your solution work?
  • What resources does your solution need?
  • How is information technology used in this solution?
  • Who would be responsible for implementing this solution?
  • Please highlight some of the benefits of your solution.
  • Please highlight some of the limitations of your solution.

  • Activity Tracker
  • The Hi5 Challenge First Place Plaque
  • Congratulatory prize pack from the School of Public Health and Health Systems
  • Invitation to visit the university for the award ceremony
  • Lunch with the Hi5 Challenge team
  • $50 Gift Card for the Chapters Indigo Bookstore
  • The Hi5 Challenge Second Place Plaque
  • Congratulatory prize pack from the School of Public Health and Health Systems
  • Invitation to visit the university for the award ceremony
  • Lunch with the Hi5 Challenge team
  • The Hi5 Challenge Third Place Plaque
  • Congratulatory prize pack from the School of Public Health and Health Systems
  • Invitation to visit the university for the award ceremony
  • Lunch with the Hi5 Challenge team

Event Location

University of Waterloo

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Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
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