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 is the use of technology (e.g., computers, phones, etc.) for storing, retrieving, and sending information. This competition is being held in conjunction with a research study to determine the effectiveness of these types of competitions and the needs of adolescents in choosing a career in health informatics.

All participants must abide by the following rules

  • Participants may participate in the competition individually or in pairs
  • Participants must submit their proposed solution by Friday March 3rd, 2017 at 11:59PM
  • Participants must submit their proposed solution using the outline given
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Please follow these instructions for the submission.

  • All students are invited to complete the following short survey. At the end of the survey you can submit your name and email address to receive entry to the competition, and you can also submit you name to receive an entry to the $50 gift card draw
  • Students may also enter their names to potentially participate in a focus group and receive a $20 gift card
  • The competition team will send the student an email which includes the details of the competition and the submission template documents
  • Competition participants must complete the submission template and email this template to the competition team at hdsl.hi5challenge@gmail.com by Friday March 3rd, 2017
  • If you decide to use citations, it must be in APA style. For more information on this style, please visit this link
  • It is possible to participate in the competition without participating in the research study. Please email the Hi5 Challenge team directly to do this

Competition Winners (Winter 2017)


Competition Details

There are physical health issues that are not unique to youth and young adults, but can influence their current and future health.

One of these issues is overweight/obesity, which has been reported to affect 20% of adolescent boys and 18% of adolescent girls (Government of Canada, 2006). Being overweight or obese when young can increase the risk of getting diseases later in life (Government of Canada, 2006).

Knowing this, what do you think would be a good solution that uses information technology?

Submission Template

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

  • Describe the issue of overweight/obesity 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.

  • Jawbone UP2 Fitness 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 co-lead of the Health Data Sciences Lab of the School of Public Health and Health Systems
  • $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 co-lead of the Health Data Sciences Lab of the School of Public Health and Health Systems
  • $50 Gift Card for the Chapters Indigo Bookstore
  • 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 co-lead of the Health Data Sciences Lab of the School of Public Health and Health Systems

Event Location

University of Waterloo

University of Waterloo - 200 University Ave W
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
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