Do you have a smart city idea that you want to bring to life yourself?

The City of Edmonton launched its first ever HealthHack Competition! We invited citizens to submit proposals to make Edmonton a Healthy City. We looked for proposals on improving our four health indicators of mental health, physical health, social health and economic health.

The top five finalists worked to create a prototype and a chance to win up to $5,000 for the top prize.

The HealthHack competition is connected to Edmonton’s Smart Cities Challenge.

HealthHack - Version 2


The City of Edmonton has awarded the following prizes.

1st Place Prize

Wheelchair Accessibility Tracker

2nd Place Prize

Cannabis Ecosystem

3rd Place Prize

Fitness App for Non-Athletes

Top 5 Finalists

Proposals are organized in alphabetical order by the topic of the submission.

Proposal Submitted By: Troy Pavlek

Proposal Title: Bravely Bringing Buddy Benches Beyond: Brainy Boys Broach Big Idea Based on Urban Betterment

Proposal Description: The City of Edmonton started the work on reducing social isolation with our buddy bench program, now I propose to take that simple act of saying “hello” online as well and make it easier and more persistent to connect with those around you. By connecting physical locations in Edmonton to a persistent online community we can reduce social isolation, improve mental health and get people out in the community.

Proposal Submitted By: Joe Dang and Reed Sutton

Proposal Title: A Blockchain-based Ecosystem for Informed Cannabis Consumption and Open Research

Proposal Description: With the legalization of recreational cannabis throughout Canada rapidly approaching, there is a significant lack of data regarding its use and effect on various aspects of health. By leveraging blockchain technology, Edmonton has the opportunity to shape a new national ecosystem surrounding healthy cannabis consumption and regulation, while simultaneously generating open and transparent data that will have global implications.

Proposal Submitted By: Dr. PJ Rawlek, K. DeZutter, N. Twal, C. Nicole, E. Barbaric and B. Poetz

Proposal Title: Becoming Active? Supporting the Non-Athlete in All of Us

Proposal Description: The current problem with the thousands of fitness app technologies is they’re designed to compete for that market of those 15% of Canadians, the highly motivated, exercise-experienced. Alternatively, the GoGet.Fit solution is designed to specifically target that 85%, the under-serviced mostly apprehensive exercise-naïve population. This solution will provide solid evidence-based strategies early-on to support the pursuit of a healthier active lifestyle and will optimize success through providing valued support from a professional team – their healthcare provider networked with a community-based exercise specialist.

Proposal Submitted By: Fahim Hassan, Rokib S A, Mohib Khan and Hamman Samuel

Proposal Title: Urban Design for Better Mental Health

Proposal Description: Develop an interactive web application that will collect geo-coded Twitter data, analyze the text and link it with socio-economic data. The insight will help planners and policy makers to improve urban design and achieve mental health outcomes.

Proposal Submitted By: Martin Ferguson-Pell

Proposal Title: Redliner Goes to Town!

Proposal Description: We wish to make significant modifications to a research prototype to enable us to improve accessibility and provide information to wheelchair users about the physical effort needed to propel a wheelchair in our built environments (summer and winter).

Important Dates

The following dates outline the competition's key milestones.

March 3, 2018

Competition Announced

March 12, 2018

Proposals Due

March 16, 2018

Top 5 Proposals Announced

April 16, 2018

Top 5 Presented Prototypes

Proposal Criteria

The proposals were evaluated by the following criteria.

  1. Do you or your team have experience with the proposed technology or solution?
  2. Is the proposal realistic and economically feasible?
  3. What is the implementation plan?
  1. How does the proposed idea positively impact mental, physical, social and economic health in Edmonton?
  2. How would the proposed idea positively impact Edmonton’s diverse community?
  3. Does the proposal have measurable targets?
  1. Is the proposal a new idea to Edmonton, Canada or the world?
  2. Why is the proposal better than what already exists?
  3. Does the proposal have a ‘wow’ factor?
  1. Can the proposal be replicated across Canada and the world?
  2. How easily can the proposal be scaled for growth?
  3. Will the proposed idea be open source? (not mandatory but encouraged)
  1. Does your approach contribute by integrating data, technology, partnerships and citizens together (Edmonton’s Smart City Approach)?
  2. How does the proposal utilize partnerships to reach its goal?
  3. Does the proposal build or encourage a smart city ecosystem?

Submission Details

All proposals were submitted through our custom Google Form.

As part of the submission process each person or team was required to outline the following information:

  1. Contact Details: Name(s), Phone Number(s) and Email Address(es) of those involved in the proposal.
  2. Proposal Title: A short, fun title that outlines the main topic of the proposal.
  3. Proposal Summary: A 1-2 sentence executive summary that outlines the main idea of the proposal.
  4. Proposal Description: A 600 word or less description of the proposal.
  5. Terms of Use: All applicants were required to agree to our terms of use during the submission process. The proposal or prototype may be included in the City’s Smart Cities Challenge application.