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Apply to the SIEPR / California 100 Tech Policy Hackathon

California 100 is a transformative statewide initiative focused on inspiring a vision and strategy for California’s next century that is innovative, sustainable, and equitable. This initiative, in collaboration with Stanford’s SIEPR, the University of California, and UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, aims to articulate a strategy for California’s next 100 years that is grounded in systematic research and evidence, deeply engaged with Californians around the state, and guided by core values and commitments to innovation, resilience, inclusion, sustainability, and equity.

One of the thirteen focus areas of California 100, and a throughline to all of its efforts, is Advanced Technology. Technology can be harnessed to improve the efficiency and efficacy of governmental operations, and the Californian technology economy can be supported and stimulated, or regulated and reformed, through the levers and incentives of policy. Part of the aim of California 100 is to surface and support a variety of diverse ideas to improve California through technology. To achieve this goal, we are soliciting tech policy ideas from Californians that can serve as the basis of a hackathon to develop and support these ideas to fruition.

We invite ideas that improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and equity of government agencies and programs, through the improved use of technology. Tech policy often takes the shape of a proposed law, regulation, publicly-funded program, or governmental activity.


Register here to indicate your interest in applying and to receive more information.


The hackathon is a full-day, in-person, participatory event held on Stanford’s campus on Saturday, April 2nd, 2022. During the event, you will be introduced to a group of other participants whose ideas are in similar topic areas, and you will have the opportunity to iteratively refine and develop your idea, as well as form a group with others proposing similar ideas, with the help and mentorship of subject matter experts, technology leaders, and policymakers.

The event will culminate in presentations of your final ideas, with a panel of judges selecting five winning proposals. The winners will receive a prize of $1,000 per person, and will be placed into working groups with experts and policy leaders for the purpose of developing the idea into a demonstration project, draft legislation, or “moonshot” goal that is achievable in the next 50 to 100 years.

More information: Please register below to indicate your interest in applying:

Register here to receive more information.

Application process: Please email Please include in the body of your email your full name, address, age, educational institution (if applicable), and a one or two-word description of the topic area of your proposal (e.g., “housing”, “outer space”, etc.)

Who Should Apply: Any young Californian (ages 18-35) with an idea for how to improve California.

More information: Please visit our our website at to learn more about the California 100 initiative, and join our Advanced Technology mailing list at

Questions: Please email the California 100 advanced technology team:

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Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research