Over the past several months I’ve been working closely with undergraduate students Patrick Houlding (President of the Society for Computing and Information Sciences, School of Computer Science), and Jonathon MacPherson (Systems and Computing Engineering, School of Engineering) to put together the next GuelphHacks event.
Today I’m happy to formally announce Guelph Hacks for Mental Health, a 36-hour hackathon/design jam that will task undergraduate and graduate students from across campus with designing tools to support positive mental health on campus.
Why are we announcing the event today? As most of you are aware, today is #BellLetsTalk day, a day to raise awareness and remove the stigma often associated with mental health. Today is a day when many people will be sharing stories, offering hope, and providing support to those in our community who suffer from mental health issues.
We want to go a step further and challenge students to develop solutions that will help support mental health on campus. This could be in the form of a website or app, a marketing campaign, or improvements to mental health services on campus. Be inventive. Be creative. Be awesome.
More details, rules, and specific challenges will be released in the coming weeks. For now, mark your calendar and join us March 11-12.
We look forward to seeing you there.