The 2nd Annual Public Policy Challenge is off to a fantastic start this year, after a total of 51 participants and 6 sponsors have signed on to the competition.
The 2nd Annual Public Policy Challenge is moving along at an exciting pace, with five interdisciplinary teams made up of Penn students representing diverse areas of study (four of the finalist teams include Fels students) advancing to the finals on March 20th. The first-round judging event, known as the "Round Robin," took place on Monday, February 21st with the help of 26 local and regional policy experts and civic leaders on hand to listen to our ten original student teams' short project pitches before asking them tough questions and sharing their advice. After the judges filled out scoring sheets for each of the teams, Public Policy Challenge coordinators at Fels crunched the numbers and put documents together for each team outlining how they performed at the Round Robin. The five highest-scoring teams - FairHealth Philadelphia; Impact Gardens; SubWalk Philly; Virtual Market Philly; and WalkPhilly - were notified that they will need to prepare to deliver 10-minute presentations and more detailed packets of materials outlining their projects ahead of the Challenge Finals on the 20th. They will be presenting to a distinguished panel of 7 high-profile local and regional visionaries.
One last workshop - a one-on-one project session taking place on March 14th and facilitated by local lobbying experts and Fels lecturers Eric Weinberg and Robert Nixon - and one dry-run presentation rehearsal stands between these five teams and the $5,000 in cash and charitable donations that exists for one of them at the close of the Public Policy Challenge Finals. Taking place in concert with Fels Fest - a celebration of the contributions made by Fels alumni through the decades - the Challenge will close with a reception at the Fels Mansion from about 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. that evening. For more information and/or to register, follow this link.