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Tech and Public Policy Challenge

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Project has ended
Project ended on November 23, at 12:00 AM EST
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Tech and Public Policy Challenge

Why Tech and Public Policy: Our goal is to fuse public policy, engineering, data science and entrepreneurship through activities including innovation competitions, start-up incubator space and interdisciplinary research. By equipping the next generation of public policy students with a deep understanding of new technology, nurturing organizations that are building novel tech-based solutions to pressing public policy problems and supporting cutting-edge interdisciplinary research at the intersection of tech and policy, SIPA is establishing itself as a preeminent authority in technology and public policy.

The Challenge Solution: SIPA started the Public Policy Challenge to invite students to form teams to propose student-designed projects and prototypes that use information and communication technology and/or data analytics to solve global policy problems.  Solutions may be market-based, public/philanthropic supported, or a mix.  The Program encourages the formation of teams that integrate students of public policy, computer science, engineering and other fields across Columbia University. The Program’s goal is to identify and support projects that have a high potential to be implemented and produce a meaningful impact on the target problem in relatively near term.

How You Can Help: By providing funds to the Challenge grant you will foster creative solutions by University students and encourage them to pursue them. You are not only providing funding the winning teams, but also sponsoring programming to help students with their ideas. The Challenge Bootcamp, for example, includes sessions in starting new ventures, protyping, financial planning, legal issues and effective pitching for semi-finalists.

Check back often as we will be posting updates on this year’s competing teams!

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Thank you from student

Receive a hand-written thank you note from one of the competing student teams.


Photo and thank you

Receive a photo with a thank you from the one of the quarter-finalists.


SIPA website

Recognition on the the SIPA website and project write-up from the finalists.


Student finalist

Opportunity to meet with a student finalist, learn about the project and provide feedback.


Lunch with teams and Dean

With a leadership gift, you will be invited to a SIPA Leaders lunch with student finalists and SIPA Dean Janow


SIPA 70th anniversary kick-off

With a $2,500 gift you and guest will be invited to attend SIPA's 70th anniversary reception on March 31st in Low Library.


SIPA 70th Anniversary Weekend

A $5,000 gift will include entry for you and a guest to SIPA's 70th anniversary as well all of the above.

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