Calgary Interprofessional Challenge (CIC)

The Hunter Hub presents a 3-day virtual opportunity for post-secondary students to collaborate, innovate and create in the fight against COVID-19

The 2020 CIC Winning Teams

First Prize - Team 33: COVID Cruiser

The COVID Cruiser is designed to conduct patient testing for COVID in remote areas, specifically rural communities where making the trip in to the hospital is both time-consuming and puts patients at risk of infection by entering the hospital. The application of the COVID Cruiser could also be implemented in higher-density populations where access to medical services may be challenging or present risks, such as with aging populations.

Team Members

Rachel Stefaniuk - University of Alberta

Jade Rosenberger - University of Alberta

Kirsten Webster - University of Alberta

Second Prize - Team 2: Quaranqueens

Team 2 presented a novel twist on the concept of a informational newsletter. By utilizing existing medical and news information and vetting this information through professionals in medical and scientific fields, this mail-out would ensure that patients and their families are receiving correct and useful information about COVID-19. This information would include new protocols, care measures and government information.

Team Members

Daniel Major - Mount Royal University 

Jaiden Peeace - Mount Royal University 

Jessica Lee - Mount Royal University 

Charleigha Gagnon - Mount Royal University

Third Prize - Team 42: Patient Masks

This idea presents a new type of mask designed for patients. The mask proposed differs from the N95 mask in that it focuses on protecting the users on exhalation as well as inhalation. The proposed usage is aimed at patients wearing this mask, to protect against the expectoration of fluids, while health care providers continue to wear N95 masks or similar, protecting against inhalation. Application of this mask is also considered for public use.

Team Members

Michael Francis - University of Calgary 

Amelia Li - University of Calgary 

Susan Lam - Mount Royal University 

Renae Saunder - Mount Royal University 


A huge thank you to all of the teams participating in the COVID-19 Intervention Challenge. The quality and quantity of great ideas springing from this competition is phenomenal. Every team brought a unique and valuable perspective to the table. Below are highlighted a few honorable mentions.

Team 26: SafeDistance

Team 13: ACE

Team 54: Long-Term Care Solutions

Team 4: GreetLine

THE CHALLENGE: Cities are setting up non-traditional care spaces for COVID-19 patients. How might we improve these spaces? 

Note:  Please register yourself or your entire team at once, so that each registration shows up altogether. If you do not have a team, you will be connected to other individuals looking for a team after you have registered. Up to 4 people per team.

The Why:

You are at home already doing your part by physically distancing, but want to put that time and energy to good use. Here’s your chance. 

The What:

Join a group of like-minded individuals to come up with a solution to The Challenge, no special medical knowledge required - you’ll have access to expert help along the way to develop your idea.

The Who:

Students currently enrolled in Canadian post-secondary institutions.

The How:

Register your team of post-secondary students HERE by Monday, April 27th, 2020 at 3:00 PM MST. Join the CIC team live, online, at 9:00 AM MST on Wednesday, April 29th, 2020, for the event launch and further context on The Challenge! 

Work online with your team on your solution, then submit your 4-minute video pitch by 4:00 PM MST on Saturday, May 2, 2020. Teams can submit earlier if they have completed their video before the deadline.

Submit To:

Please send videos as a YouTube link to with the subject line CIC 2020 Final Video Pitch <YOUR TEAM NAME>

Winners will be announced Monday, May 4th, 2020.

For any questions, please contact

  1. Day 1: Wednesday April 29, 2020

    All timelines in MST

    9:00 AM - Join us live for the presentation of The Challenge and accompanying context. This will be presented live on Zoom! A meeting code will be provided to you prior to the event.

    9:15 AM: Continue to stay tuned for the Expert Speaker Series live on Zoom. Individuals from a variety of backgrounds will present their discipline's approach to The Challenge in 4 minutes or less.

    10:00 AM: Connect with your team via your assigned Slack channel and through Zoom, Facetime, Duo, Microsoft Teams or whichever other video conferencing tool you prefer. Start brainstorming your solutions and how to achieve them!

    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Check out the mentors available throughout the next few days and book in a set time to talk with any applicable individuals, using their specified Calendly. We suggest booking in with multiple mentors from different backgrounds to guarantee a 360-degree perspective.

  2. Day 2: Thursday April 30, 2020

    All timelines in MST

    9:00 AM (or thereabouts):  Connect with your team to continue building out your idea and constructing your pitch deck. 

    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Check out the mentors available throughout the next few days and book in a set time to talk with any applicable individuals, using their specified Calendly. We suggest booking in with multiple mentors from different backgrounds to guarantee a 360-degree perspective.

  3. Day 3: Friday May 1, 2020

    All timelines in MST

    10:00 AM: Join the Pitch Clinic presentation on Zoom. This presentation is designed to give you tips and tricks to the best pitch deck possible. Now is the time to ask your questions about what to include and learn the nuances of pitching!

    Throughout the day: Work on refining your pitch and recording what you want to say about your idea, and how to say it. Edit your video content. 

    Remember you can still connect with mentors during this time for insight into your idea!

  4. Day 4: Saturday, May 2

    All timelines are in MST

    Today is the day! You have until 4:00 PM to submit the video pitch of your idea! Pitches should be submitted as a YouTube link to

    Video submission parameters:

    Please include in the subject line: CIC 2020 Pitch Video <YOUR TEAM NAME>

    The opening of your video should introduce your team members and their backgrounds.. This can be done however you would like as long as the information is present.

    Videos should not be longer than 4 minutes.

    Please ensure that your YouTube link is viewable by external parties. Any links that are not viewable will not be considered for submission. 

    Any videos submitted after 4:00 PM will not be considered for submission.


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