MIT Policy Hackathon Waitlist

We're glad you're interested in attending MIT Policy Hackathon: Data to Decisions! Our applications were due March 9th at 5:00PM EST, but you can still sign on to our waitlist! 

For those who registered, you'll find out about our decisions by March 12th.

Based on the results from an interest form sent around earlier, this year’s hackathon will include challenge statements that focus on the following topics:

  • Education, Employment and the Future of Work

  • Transportation and Urban Planning

  • Energy and Climate Change

  • Health

  • Internet & Cybersecurity

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to have a specific background to attend?

No! We're looking to attract an interdisciplinary group of hackers—domain experts, policy students, data scientists, and more. One of our goals is to encourage the formation of interdisciplinary teams that can propose creative policy solutions using a combination robust data analytics and domain expertise.  We hope to foster a collaborative community and that requires people from all backgrounds.


When will I find out more about registration?

We'll contact pre-registrants as spring approaches. You'll also see promotional material about the hackathon over the next few months advertising the event and advising interested participants about registration.


How do I find a team?

After you express interest, we'll work with the challenge sponsors, participants, and hackathon staff to ensure that all challenges are being worked on and that expertise is balanced across groups. After this phase, you will have an opportunity to form teams the evening before the hackathon starts.

(You can come with a pre-formed team, but you definitely don't need to have one.)


What are the outcomes of the hackathon?

Teams will be charged with producing data-driven policy solutions to their challenge statements in the form of a 3-minute pitch and a 3 to 5 page policy paper. Initial judging will be based on the pitch, after which judges will hold a Q&A session with finalists based on their policy papers. The winners of the hackathon will not only receive cash prizes, but also will be given the opportunity to work with the MIT Washington Office to connect winners with relevant audiences for their work.