Health Talks Student Contest

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The Health Talks Student Contest is now closed. Stay tuned to find out who the winner is!

Do you want to be one of the speakers at Health Talks, and potentially inspire a change to BC’s health care system? You could be! Just enter our Health Talks Student Contest.

Tell us what you’re passionate about. You could be a featured speaker and deliver a PechaKucha presentation about your hopes for health care at the virtual event as part of Quality Forum 2021. But hurry – the deadline to enter is January 6, 2021!

Help spread the word about the Health Talks Student Contest! Download and share the contest’s PDF poster.

Why Enter?

This is a great opportunity to take your place behind the Health Talks virtual podium and tell an engaged and passionate group of patients and health care professionals how you think health care can be better, and potentially inspire a change to BC’s health care system.

Your hopes can be anything. Outside-the-box. Based on experience or a vision for the future. Micro or macro. Get creative!

How to Enter

Send us a video (max. 3.5 minutes), essay (max. 500 words), design concept, photo, poem…surprise us!

Who can Enter?

All BC students. Medical school, post-secondary, high school, elementary school – it’s all good! Individuals and teams (featuring a maximum of three people) are welcome.


The winner will be one of six speakers to deliver a PechaKucha presentation at Health Talks and will receive one complimentary registration to the Quality Forum.

Previous Winners

Want some inspiration? Last year’s winner was Zander Willms, a medical student in the Northern Medical Program at the University of British Columbia. Check out Zander’s pictogram and watch his presentation from Health Talks 2020, along with those of the contest’s other winners over the years, below.

  • Claudia Hopkins, Interaction Design Student, Emily Carr University of Art + Design (2019)
  • Candy Tran, Nursing Student, British Columbia Institute of Technology (2018)
  • Jorri Gosse, Student, Yorkson Creek Middle School (2017)
  • Jessica Kim, Health Sciences Student, Simon Fraser University (2016)
  • Sarah Lambrick, Human Kinetics Student, University of British Columbia Okanagan (2015)
  • Sarah Chapdelaine, Occupational Therapy Student, University of British Columbia (2014)


A panel of judges will review the qualifying entries and determine the winner and runners. Here is how the submissions will be scored:

1. Concept and Message: 30%
Is there a central vision or message that responds to a challenge within the system? Is the hope inspiring/engaging?

2. Creativity of Message Delivery: 30%
Is the message presented in a creative way?

3. Potential Impact: 20%
Does the hope have potential to impact the health care system?

4. Quality of Submission: 20%
Is the hope presented in a clear and concise way? Are there typos, spelling and grammatical errors, jargon and acronyms?

Is the video and production quality high? Is the sound clear and camera steady? Are the mixed-media project’s materials well-designed and easy to navigate?

Quality Forum 2021 will feature two days of virtual presentations and interactive workshops on a variety of topics related to improving quality across the continuum of care. While it will be entirely virtual in 2021, the event presents a great opportunity to network as well as learn about and share ways to improve care and patient safety.

This popular evening event will take place virtually on the first day of the Quality Forum – Thursday, February 25. Six engaging and passionate speakers will answer our question: What are your hopes for health care? Health Talks is an incredible event, and audience feedback has been overwhelmingly positive in previous years. Watch videos of last year’s presentations.

As a Health Talks speaker, you won’t use a PowerPoint presentation full of bullet points. You’ll use the PechaKucha 20×20 format, where each presentation contains 20 photos and each photo is displayed for exactly 20 seconds before automatically advancing to the next one. Don’t worry if you haven’t tried it before – it’s fun and we’ll coach you along the way to help you prepare.

Yes. Elementary school, high school, university – it’s all good.

Only one entry is allowed from each team and individual (individuals may not be a member of multiple teams).

Students may enter the contest as an individual or in teams of up to three by completing our entry form.
If submitting a video

Contestants must:

  1. Upload their entry to YouTube, Vimeo, etc.,
  2. Include “Health Talks Student Contest,” “Quality Forum,” “Health Talks” and “BCPSQC” in the tags field when uploading the video, and
  3. Copy and paste the video’s URL into their entry form.

Remember: the video cannot exceed 3.5 minutes.

If submitting an essay

Attach it to the entry form.

Remember: the essay cannot exceed 500 words.

If submitting an entry that isn’t a video or essay

Copy and paste the URL into the entry form (if it’s online) or attach it to the entry form.

Note: attachments cannot be longer than three pages, and must be a file associated with common programs. They cannot be an extended version of an essay.

Yes. Each submission must be your own original work and may not infringe on any existing copyrights. It must not contain inappropriate content.

We’ll share the winning and runner-up entries on our website and the Quality Forum event page on PheedLoop and may use them to promote Health Talks, the Quality Forum and/or our work.

In addition to speaking at Health Talks, the winning student will receive a complimentary registration for Quality Forum 2021.

In the case of a team entry, the team will decide if multiple members will speak at Health Talks; they will also decide which member will attend the Quality Forum.

The winners will be contacted by email in mid January, and publicly announced soon thereafter.

Key Contact

Kevin Smith
Director, Communications