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Expression of Interest

The UBC CIC supports student/staff teams tackling real-world issues and challenges, where application of novel and emerging technology or computing approaches are essential. Challenge projects may be proposed by UBC faculty, staff, students and community partners. Projects will generally take between 10-13 weeks.

The over-arching theme for the UBC CIC is Community Health and Wellbeing. All proposed projects must have the potential to contribute to the common good.

The Expression of Interest is the first stage of the process; if needed, we will collaborate with Challenge Sponsors to further develop the ideas, to assemble teams and/or to stream projects to other programs if this one is not suitable.


Challenge proposals will be assessed with respect to:

Scope and fit

What is the challenge aiming to address? Does it address current gap(s) in community health and wellbeing?


How feasible are the challenge goals given time and resource constraints?

Partnerships & stakeholders

What connections within and beyond UBC does the challenge explore, create or strengthen?

Impact potential

What subsequent opportunities might the outcomes of this challenge lead to?

Expectations from Participating Organizations

  • Three to five hours per week from key stakeholders for the duration of the project;
  • Two full-day workshops; and,
  • Curiosity, inclusive leadership and openness.

Expectations from the Project

  • An opportunity to work with UBC students, staff & faculty;
  • A Proof of Concept (PoC) to demonstrate that the solution is viable; and,
  • Publication of the project outcomes under an open source license.

Expression of Interest Form

Expressions of Interest will be reviewed as they are submitted.