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The Pandemic Policython: A 48-hour Online Policy Competition Hosted by Policy for the People

October 10, 2020

The Pandemic Policython is a nonpartisan online competition from October 23rd to 25th for students to write proposals for policy-based solutions to today's most pressing challenges. Over the course of the policython, teams of one to four members will hear from partners, receive guidance from leading academics whilst writing proposals, and submit their policy memos to policymakers.

In the spirit of collaboration, applications are open to anyone, all hosted and submitted content, including memos and feedback, will be published online, and continued partnerships are highly encouraged.

US Tracks

  1. Public Health
  2. Economic Equity
  3. Criminal Justice
  4. Voter Rights
  5. Education (High-school)

International Tracks

  1. Global Security: "100 Seconds until Midnight"
  2. Sustainable Development: "Peace and prosperity by 2030"
  3. Digital Rights: "Privacy in the Digital Age"
  4. Environment: "Actually Confronting the Climate Crisis"
  5. Misinformation: "Fighting the Infodemic with the WHO" [To be Confirmed]More tracks to be announced!

Teams who are judged to have written the Best Policy Brief will be matched with a partner and awarded with a seed grant.

Apply at

Supporters: Carnegie Mellon University Institute for Politics and StrategyCivitas*Climate CardinalsCornell Institute of Public Affairs*COVID-19 Policy HackathonHarvard Institute of Politics Policy Program*Harvard Undergraduate Economics AssociationHarvard Undergraduates for Bipartisan SolutionsHealth & Policy Analysis TeamInternational Public Policy Association*MIT EnergyHack 2020NYU Institute of Human Development and Social ChangeNetherlands Innovation NetworkNYU Public Safety LabPanel to the People*The IO FoundationThe Heritage Foundation*The Rice-Columbia COVID-19 Health Policy HackathonThe WHO*University of Chicago Institute of PoliticsUniversity of Michigan Poverty SolutionsUniversity of Michigan Science, Technology, and Public PolicyVoters ChooseYale GlobalistYoung Americans Coalition for Unity
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Poll conducted

  1. In your opinion, what are the US long-term goals for Russia?
    U.S. wants to establish partnership relations with Russia on condition that it meets the U.S. requirements  
     33 (31%)
    U.S. wants to deter Russia’s military and political activity  
     30 (28%)
    U.S. wants to dissolve Russia  
     24 (22%)
    U.S. wants to establish alliance relations with Russia under the US conditions to rival China  
     21 (19%)
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