For Participants

This page is for participants in the 2020 Health Tech Jam.

Here you can find the original prompts in video and text form, the instructions and rubric for the final video pitch, and the link to submit your video pitch.

Looking for the Zoom meeting link? You can find this in your Eventbrite registration and in all recent emails from Eventbrite! Email sbond7@uic.edu for any assistance.

Submit your pitch!

Video Pitch Instructions

A group at the 2019 HTJ

You and your team have been tasked with one job: to address a problem in community health, presented in the form of three prompts, with a meaningful and impactful idea for any kind of health technology.

Your teams are made up of students from a wide variety of applied science and health backgrounds; as such, teams have varied ability to produce and design professional visuals or prototypes. Judges will be assessing these ideas not necessarily on the amount of production work towards a final application, but rather on the convincing argument and thought that has gone into the idea.

Your pre-recorded video pitch should have an idea that clearly aligns with any or all of the original prompts and should convince the viewer that your idea would be highly capable of succeeding. You can use a narrative, skit, or simply a clear and straight-forward explanation to back up your idea. Your team should provide visuals – whether created digitally or with pencil and paper – that explain what the idea/app would actually do and how it would look. You may even prototype your idea if you feel that it would strengthen your pitch!

Video pitches should be between five and seven minutes, but no more than that. You can pre-record with Zoom or with any other program of your choice. You can use slides if you wish, or any other kind of visual that your team would like to choose.

A group at the 2019 HTJ

Once your pitch is complete, you must upload the video through this google form.

Your submission must be uploaded and complete by 5:00pm 10/18/2020. Any submissions after 5:00pm CST will be disqualified.

Winners will be announced on Sunday, 10/25 at 3:00pm in the same Zoom meeting as the other events.

Prompts

The following prompts are fictional narratives from the perspective of a parent in a local Chicago community. Though these prompts are fictional, they are based directly on data gathered from the community in September-October 2020 solely for this event. Your team may choose to address any or all of the following prompts with your idea.

Prompt 1: Physical Activity and Individual Needs in the Family

I am a parent of three, and though we know that physical activity is important, our family can’t always get much exercise throughout the day. My youngest child has difficulties with asthma and allergies, and struggles when trying to exercise or play at the park with their friends. My spouse has chronic knee pain from years of physical work. These injuries make it hard to participate in common physical activities or outdoor activities. We all have smartphones, but wouldn’t be able to buy any other technology just for our health. We like education that has visuals and would be happy to talk with others in small groups. Is there anything that could help my family get more physical activity and still consider their unique needs?

Prompt 2: Mental Health and Motivation for Wellness

I am a parent of two and I am very involved in our community. I feel that the biggest problem affecting us right now seems to be poor mental health and how that impacts motivation to stay healthy. Some of us are obese or have been told by our doctors to lose weight, but it’s hard to get the motivation to try. Other members of my family have high blood pressure or diabetes, and I feel like it’s important for us to try to improve our health and wellness. There isn’t a lot of information available about mental health, but I do feel like that’s one of the biggest factors impacting our health. We all have smartphones, we like education that has visuals, and would be happy to talk with others in small groups. Is there anything that could help my family and my community become more motivated to prioritize health and wellness, and help with mental health at the same time?

Prompt 3: Nutrition and Convenience

Our household, made up of myself, my spouse, and our two children, makes a total of $30,000 a year. We have a grocery store within 1 mile of our home, but we often don’t have the time to prepare full healthy meals, so we often eat fast food just because of the convenience. It’s hard to get the motivation to cook time-consuming or expensive healthy meals when fast food is so accessible and so cheap! On average, we each have about one serving of vegetables per day, but this could probably be better. We all have smartphones, and my spouse and I do have activity trackers on our phones. We like education that has visuals and would be happy to talk with others in small groups. Is there anything that could help my family get in better eating habits without being so expensive or time-consuming?

You may view the original prompt video from the 2020 kick-off at this link as well.

Judging Rubric

Teams participating in the 2020 Health Tech Jam have been tasked with one job: to address a problem in community health, presented in the form of three prompts, with a meaningful and impactful idea for any kind of health technology.

These teams are made up of students from a wide variety of applied science and health backgrounds; as such, teams have varied ability to produce and design professional visuals or prototypes. In the following rubric, you will be assessing these ideas not necessarily on the amount of production work towards a final application, but rather on the convincing argument and thought that has gone into the idea.