The Roosevelt Institute at Columbia is hosting a policy hackathon on the post-COVID-19 economic recovery. The hackathon will be held from Friday, February 26 to Sunday, February 28, 2021.
College students from around the world may participate in teams of 1-4 students, either randomly assigned or pre-determined by the participants themselves. No prior experience with policy writing or coding is required. The hackathon will provide virtual panels and workshops to help students learn about their policy area, effective policy research and writing, and other critical skills. These virtual events will be led by professors, area experts, and experienced members of the Columbia Roosevelt Institute.
Each participating team should submit a policy memo by 2 PM ET on Sunday, February 28 in their chosen track. There will be three policy tracks demarcated by the geographical target of policy proposals: global, U.S. urban, and U.S. rural. A winning memo will be selected in each track for their holistic quality of research, writing, analysis, and feasibility. Winning memos will be published on the website of the Columbia Roosevelt Institute and team members will receive a certificate. We will also marshal all available resources to help winning teams implement their written policy proposals, if they so desire.