The Policy Challenge
In December 2011, the White House announced the Startup America Policy Challenge where federal government agencies challenged the American public to serve as entrepreneurial problem-solvers, identifying the best solution for administrative change to a particular public challenge. Rockefeller College has joined a network of schools under the stewardship of the Arizona State University (ASU) School of Public Affairs who are attempting to meet this challenge.
ASU has issued a call to action, inviting proposals that to help federal agencies figure out how to knock down barriers to innovation and best enable the use of new technologies in education, clean energy, and healthcare and medicine.
Finalists will be invited to the Finale in Washington, D.C. to present their proposals to high-profile expert judges from government, industry and academia, as well as meet in person with agency principals to discuss their ideas. Proposals of the winning team(s) will be shared with the Cabinet Secretary from the relevant federal agency.
Stage 1: Short-Form Proposal
(Open Competition: January 31 – April 2, 2012)
As an individual or a small team, submit a brief two-page proposal here that critically evaluates a proposed solution for administrative change and develops a viable actionable plan of implementation. Any person who is eligible to participate may submit a short-form proposal.
Stage 2: Long-Form Proposal
(Closed Finalist Competition: April 16 – May 12, 2012)
Short-form proposals finalists will be invited to submit a detailed proposal that elaborates on their initial proposal, paying particular attention to the feasibility of their ideas.
The Finale in D.C. (Closed Finalist Presentations: May 18, 2012)
Finalists will be invited to participate in the Finale in Washington, D.C. on May 18th to present their full proposals to a panel of high-profile expert judges with backgrounds in government, industry and academia, as well as meet in person with agency principals to discuss their ideas. The winning team(s) will be announced at the Finale, and their proposals will be shared with the Cabinet Secretary from the relevant federal agency.