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A Call to Action: The Startup America Policy Challenge

Policy ChallengeA Call to Action: The Startup America 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. To kick off the challenge, the U.S. Chief Technology Officer, Aneesh Chopra, asked the enterprising American public to identify ways in which the Department of Education, Department of Energy, and Department of Health and Human Services might break down barriers to entrepreneurship and best enable the use of new learning technologiesclean energy technologies, and healthcare information technologies in administrative practice, respectively.

The solutions for administrative change proposed have been thoughtful, creative, diverse, and inspiring. Yet, they are just the tip of the iceberg. These solutions need further reflection, critique and development. This is where you come in! 

A Response: Policy Challenge

In response to this challenge, the Arizona State University (ASU) School of Public Affairs is leading a network of schools and organizations to mobilize students, scholars, practitioners, and concerned public citizens from across the country to participate in the policy challengea response to the call for action! The policy challenge affords you the extraordinary opportunity to actively participate in critically evaluating a proposed idea and developing a viable and actionable plan of implementation for administrative change that seeks to best enable the use new technologies in educationclean energy, and healthcare and medicine to address real public issues. Responding to this call to action by participating in this policy challenge is your ticket to becoming a member of a pioneering community of problem solvers!

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. They will be afforded the opportunity to consult with professionals and experts in their relevant field.

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. At the Finale, finalists will 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.

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