As this weekend came to a close, our team reflects on what has been an incredible past few days. With thirty-six hours spent bouncing between webinars and workshops, buzzing virtual mentor "office hours," and our 24/7 help desk, the COVID-19 Policy Hackathon was an opportunity to learn for all parties involved. We wish to extend a hearty thank you to the people who made this weekend possible, especially our mentors, speakers, and judges, who volunteered their time to helping participants learn and hone their policy proposals.
We also thank our amazing participants who approached this event with an open mind and the intellectual curiosity to explore the policy space in the context of COVID-19. We have been so impressed by the ideas teams developed, and we are pleased to highlight the following top three proposals in each of our four policy tracks.
Track 1: Public Health
Addressing Sanitation-Related Disparities in the Navajo Nation by Team 33 (Rachael Deng, Rebecca Mak, Shilpa Sajja, Alyssa Sales)
Need for Care Navigation Program for Inmates within North Carolina Public Carceral Facilities by Team 19 (Raleigh Cury, Nikhil Rao, and Preeyanka Rao)
Reopening of Brazilian Public Schools in the Post-Pandemic World by Team 1 (Solange Melissa Severino de Oliveira, Lara Franciulli Teodoro de Souza, Ligia Oliveira Toscano de Melo, Luiza Diniz Vilanova)
Track 2: Firms and Workers
Income-Contingent Loan Schemes for Retraining Programs by Team 119 (Joshua Grice, Hugo Leo, Oliver Osei-Asibey, Ashmit Vyas)
Building Resilience within Small Businesses by Team 109 ( Bruce Liu Anlin, Nicole Chua Kai Ling, Marcuz Pae, Bernard Soh Yan Rong,)
Minority-Owned Restaurant Retention Pilot Program (MORRPP) by Team 75 ( Raymond Luo, Tanisha Sabhaney, Neerja Singh, Jyoti Singhal, Nina Wang)
Track 3: Trade and Immigration
A Proposal to Reduce the Burden of COVID-19 Policies on Immigrants in America by Team 126 (Martin Aquije, Lucas Jia, Daniel Kornbluth, Zachary Leventhal, Sean Swayze)
Keeping the Nation Fed by Team 135 (Kevin Awoufack, Shayne Estill, Thay Graciano, Samantha Maldanado, Fabian Velasquez)
Curbing the Spread and Financial Strain of Covid-19 by Suspending 287(g) by Team 128 (Geena Garcia, Gustie Owens, Roxanna Rasquier, Catherine Serianni, Jennifer Zhang)
Track 4: Financial Policy
New Facility for Monetary Policy Targeting Municipalities by Team 165 (Darren Chang, Ayon Mitra, Matthew Simons, Michael Wang)
Firms and Industry Rescue Act by Team 190 (Choy Kai Kit Chester, Jerica Ng, Chun Jing Hui, Sia Yu Ting, Megan Chong Wen Xi)
How the United States Can Prevent Airline Insolvency And Avoid Moral Hazard by Team 195 (Jack Chan, Charles Chow, Jacob Hollander, O Hung Lung, Darren Tan)
We will be showcasing these proposals on our website shortly as we work to develop a database to make all submitted proposals open-source. There were certainly more than twelve potentially impactful ideas developed this weekend, and we look forward to sharing them all. Over the next coming days and weeks, our team will be working hard to disseminate ideas and continue the momentum we have started.
Thank you for following along with us for what has been a meaningful weekend and the beginning of an impactful collaborative effort.
The COVID-19 Policy Hackathon 2020