Hacking Mental Health in the Workplace @ e-Health 2017

Calling all hackers, designers, developers and engineers! Join Hacking Health’s biggest hackathon EVER with up to $675k of grants allocated to transform your hackathon prototypes into fully baked and potentially commercially viable solutions.

Hacking Health is back at the National e-Health Annual Conference & Tradeshow and collaborating with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) to tackle one of Canada’s most pressing challenges: workplace mental health and wellbeing. Work stress and mental health are pressing challenges for much of the Canadian workforce. Nearly 40% of long-term disability claims in Canada are related to psychological health. The changing demographics of the Canadian workforce mean that we require new and innovative ways to foster and support a healthy and productive workforce now and in the future. The goal of this hackathon is to develop innovative, evidence-informed, gender-responsive and culturally-appropriate digital mental health solutions that foster the labour force participation of women, men and gender-diverse people at risk of or struggling with workplace stress or mental health injuries.

Hackers are invited to work with teams of CIHR researchers and power users to build prototypes over the three-day hackathon. Each project idea will be funded post-hackathon with up to $75,000 to fully develop the prototype into a validated mental health solution. The nine project ideas are:

  1. Mental support application for precarious and unemployed workers
  2. Supporting the mental health of long-term care workers
  3. Fostering well-being, stress reduction and sense of belonging during critical transitions to full-time work
  4. Taking control of digital stress in health-care settings
  5. E-health interventions for Indigenous mental health in the workplace
  6. Addressing the burden of addictions on the workforce with e-tool solutions
  7. Building accessible mental health literacy training and supports for under-resourced health-care workplaces
  8. Developing an e-mental health program for prevention of major depression in workplaces
  9. Role strain support for caregiver employees through digital solutions

There are 70 spots open for the hackathon.

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Hackathon Schedule

Sunday, June 4 Welcome Reception 5:30pm – 7:00pm Exhibit Hall A
  Opening Ceremony & Pitch Presentations 7:00pm – 9:00pm Exhibit Hall A
  Hacking 9:00pm – 11:00pm Exhibit Hall B
Monday, June 5 Hacking 8:00am – 10:00pm Exhibit Hall B
  Meet & Greet 11:00am – 12:00pm Exhibit Hall B
Tuesday, June 6
Hacking 8:00am – 2:00pm Exhibit Hall B

Final Presentations & Award 3:30pm – 5:00pm Exhibit Hall A

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