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“Depression affects so many people — some directly, and many more indirectly,” says Guidolin, a second-year UBC medical student and one of nearly 100 participants at Hatching Health, a weekend-long competition that brings together students and professionals from a wide range of disciplines to find real-world solutions to some of today’s most pressing healthcare challenges.

Over the course of the two-day event, Guidolin and his team — which included UBC students from the School of Social Work and the Mechanical Engineering Program, as well as Emily Carr students, and professionals in the field of design and chemical engineering — worked around the clock to create a new tool that would encourage those living with depression to regularly assess their emotional health, while fostering deeper connections with family or friends.

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