Career Advancement

Participating Programs

2015 Participating Programs

Past proposals and presentations are available here.

2014 Participating Programs

2013 Participating Programs

  • Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington, 2013 Regionals Finalist: Socially Active Volunteer Youth (SAVY) proposes a program to encourage community service among young.
  • Fels Institute of Government, University of Pennsylvania, 2013 Nationals Winning Team: re:Mind proposes an appointment reminder system for mental health patients to decrease preventable re-hospitalizations. 
  • Georgetown Public Policy Institute, Georgetown University, 2013 Regionals Finalist: Service-Teaching United proposes a partnership model between universities and public schools. 
  • Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago, 2013 Nationals Finalists, Home Energy Efficiency Services Agreement proposes contracts to help homeowners afford energy efficient retrofits of their homes. 
  • Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University, 2013 Regionals Finalist: Aim Higher proposes comprehensive, online GED-training.
  • Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, 2013 Regionals Finalist: Policy in Motion proposes a mobile application displaying real-time information on transportation alternatives.
  • Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, New York University, 2013 Nationals Finalist: CluedIn proposes a website providing user-friendly access to an interactive and comprehensive database of afterschool programs.
  • School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia, 2013 Nationals Finalist: Patch proposes an online networking site to connect charitable organizations.
  • School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, 2013 Regionals Finalist: ReliefMap proposes a mapping platform to assist disaster relief organizations during crises.

2012 Participating Programs

  • Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, New York University, Kinvolved, 2012 Nationals Winning Team: The Kinvolved mobile app will empower caregivers of students in the New York City Department of Education with timely student attendance information to ensure that all children are present in school all day, every day.  Learn more about Kinvolved on their website
  • Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington, Washington Biogas and Renewable Energy Coalition, 2012 Nationals Finalist: A model to use organic waste to generate biogas. 
  • Fels Institute of Government, University of Pennsylvania, Closing Schools, Opening Opportunities, 2012 Penn Winning Team, Nationals Finalist: An innovative proposal for the redevelopment of closed, vacant, public school buildings in Philadelphia. This new program under the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority would add value to vacant schools that will not sell as-is, transforming a blighting influence into a catalyst for greater development and transformation. 
  • Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago,  Eco-Drive Chicago, 2012 Nationals Finalist: Plan to implement an eco-driving program for all drivers of non-revenue municipal fleet vehicles. Eco-driving is a system of relatively simple alterations to individual driving habits and vehicle maintenance routines that can reduce fuel consumption 15% - 20%. 
  • Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University, Three Rivers Bike Share, 2012 Nationals Finalist: Non-profit organization that will implement a bike sharing system in Pittsburgh.

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Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829

felsinstitute@sas.upenn.edu