Pitch-an-App Contest

Do you have an mHealth (mobile health) app idea that you’d like to share? Then this contest is for you! You’ll have a chance to pitch your idea to experienced judges, win a prize, and possibly take your idea to the next level!

This event’s goal is to fill a room with people from different backgrounds, with a common goal: passion towards healthcare technology! Whether your background is in healthcare or technology, if you have an app idea that needs polishing by the other side, we will have them there waiting for you!

…meet your partner(s)
…make a team
…discuss and plan your ideas over dinner
and pitch it to our judges!

The best idea will be chosen for future development and maybe even a push towards a startup!

Prizes on Site

1st place: $500*
2nd place: $300
3rd place: $200

Rules and guidelines

  • This contest is for idea-pitching. You don’t need to have an actual working app!
  • The pitched idea must be novel, and not something that’s already under development.
  • No slides! Powerpoint, Keynote, Prezi, etc. are not allowed in your pitch. A whiteboard and markers will be provided to use in your pitch
  • 1-3 persons per group. You can form a group with other attendees in the venue.
  • 2-minutes pitch by each group.
  • Winners will be chosen by votes from attendees and judges by the end of the night!
  • * 1st prize winner must be a multi-disciplinary team. An ideal multi-disciplinary team will consist of at least 1 member from an engineering or technology background, and at least 1 member from a medical/health related background.

Contest Day

Thursday March 23rd, 2017
University of Ottawa, Colonel By building (CBY), room A04


5:30 pm – Registration
5:35 pm – Dinner and networking: get to know your partners over dinner, and discuss the details of your idea(s)
7:00 pm – Pitches begin


  • Dr. Abdulmotaleb El Saddik, University of Ottawa Research Chair in Ambient Interactive Media and Communications
  • Dr. Natalie Baddour, Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Associate Professor in the University of Ottawa
  • Dr. Ed Lemaire, Clinician Investigator, Clinical Epidemiology Program in the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute


  • This event’s goal is to encourage interaction, collaboration, and idea exchange between persons of medical-related backgrounds and persons of engineering/computer science backgrounds.
  • In the event of a dispute between any of the parties in the future, CREATE-BEST will assume no responsibility or intervention.

Event Photos

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This event was sponsored by:

  • CREATE-BEST, a graduate student training program funded by NSERC.
  • MDII, Medical Devices Innovation Institute.

For more info, please send us an email on info@create-best.ca