STIG/GSDM track Call for Application: GraSPP Policy Challenge “SDG Technology and Policy Innovation Lab”

STIG/GSDM trackCall for Application
GraSPP Policy Challenge “SDG Technology and Policy Innovation Lab”
– Apply, collaborate internationally and go to Paris!!

GraSPP Policy Challenge(GPC)is a brand new initiative at GraSPP, in which Japanese and international students collaborate and seek to improve their teambuilding and policy-making skills. Participants are tasked with responding to pressing real-world policy challenges as a group, and with designing policies and proposals in response to those challenges.

STIG/GSDM students are encouraged to apply. Finalist will be ultimately invited to present at the GPPN Student Conference* at SciencesPo Paris in February2017. For more information, attend the orientation on Tue. October 4th at Room101, School of Law Building.
– GraSPP Policy Challenge(GPC) Orientation
Time and Date: 12:00-13:00, 4th October 2016
Venue: Room101, School of Law Bldg.

This year, it is proposed that the GPPN partners and their student groups undertake a “SDG Technology and Policy Innovation Lab.” The purpose of this lab would be to mobilize student intelligence to develop creative technology and policy solutions to challenges around the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Students would be invited to produce either short applied concept papers or applied projects.

SDG Technology and Policy Innovation Lab, February 2017
You will be working in a group to prepare either a concept paper or student-designed projects and prototypes that use ICTs, policy innovation, and/or data analytics to address public policy challenges that have been identified by the SDGs. The goal is to develop concrete ideas and prototypes that are solution-oriented. Solutions may be market-based, public/philanthropic supported, or a mix.

You will be tasked to develop creative solutions around the below core Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs):
•SDG 3- Good Health and Well-Being
•SDG 7- Affordable and Clean Energy
•SDG11 – Sustainable cities and communities – make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
•SDG12 – Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns – that would open up innovation across many sectors such as water, energy, food, ending hunger, nutrition, extractive industries, transport systems, climate change, etc.
•SDG13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
•SDG16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies.

Schedule for STIG/GSDM track:
Group (about 3-4 STIG/GSDM interdisciplinary members including 1-2 GraSPP students) Application Deadline for 2,000 words* Research Proposal: 13th November 2016
*describing a problem, its significance for the SDGs outlined and outlining a possible solution.
Final Screening – Presentation : 20th or 21th December (to be confirmed)
Announcement of Finalists: 26th December
Deadline for final presentation material (including PowerPoint / Full Concept Paper (7,000 words) or Prototype): 31st January 2017
Contact: STIG@pp.u-tokyo.ac.jp

Financial Support:
As travel expenses, a flat amount of JPY 100,000* will be subsidized by STIG/GSDM.
*The payment will be reimbursed after your return. You must submit your flight ticket stubs and a report within one week after the conference.

*[GPPN Student Conference 2017 hosted by Sciences Po, Paris]
Date: Fri & Sat, Sun, 17th to 19th February 2017
*GraSPP is a part of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN) and delegates its students to the GPPN Student Conference every year. In February 2017, GPPN Student Conference will take place at SciencesPo Paris.
The Global Public Policy Network (GPPN) is a partnership between Columbia University, FGV EAESP, University of Tokyo, Hertie School of Governance, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Institute of Public Affairs at LSE and Sciences Po, Paris. GPPN is global in two ways: the global spread of its members and its subject focus on emerging global trends in public policy.
GPPN holds annual conferences consisting of faculty conference and student conference hosted by each member school in rotation every year. It offers a valuable opportunity for all students and faculty members of GPPN member schools to convene in one place and strengthen relations and further understanding of public policy issues through the exchange of knowledge and activities.
At the GPPN Student Conference, students from partner schools are invited to present and discuss papers, apart from establishing a network of future leaders.

Contact: GraSPP International Affairs Office / intl_application@pp.u-tokyo.ac.jp
Related Resources: http://www.pp.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/international-exchange/gppn/