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!