Rice Health Policy Hackathon

Our Mission:

Empower marginalized communities through health policy.

Create tangible change by joining our hackathon on August 5-7.

Apply today!


This 36-hour health policy hackathon, sponsored by the Rice Social Policy Analysis Department, will bring the brightest undergrads together to effect tangible change in our community. Teams will focus on improving healthcare for marginalized groups that lack access to quality care due to long-existing health disparities.

Teams will address one of four public health issues outlined by Harris Health, Houston's safety-net healthcare system.

Participants will receive mentorship from esteemed professionals and professors in the public policy, medicine, public health, and social work fields. Winning teams will have the opportunity to work on population health initiatives at Harris Health during a semester-long internship and will receive a $5,000 stipend.


Policies resulting from this hackathon will be focused, created to fit Houston and its unique population.


Our panel of expert judges will select 2 winning teams, who will each receive $5,000 and the opportunity to intern at Harris Health on population health initiatives.


After hackathon preparation, students will have 36 hours to research, meet with mentors, write their policy memo, and prepare and present a 3-minute pitch to a panel of judges.

Hacking Health Disparities

The low-income Black and Brown people who have been suffering from police brutality and systemic racism also largely have the worst health outcomes in the US. Systemic oppression exists in all our institutions, including healthcare, where it leads to disparities in access to and quality of care.

Our healthcare system partner has outlined some of their biggest problem areas that have exacerbated pre-existing health disparities during the coronavirus pandemic. You will hack Houston's health disparities by designing innovative but practical policy that targets one of their most pressing issues.

Click on the "Track" tab to see policy track options provided by Harris Health.

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