July 22nd - July 24th
MERGE 2022 is a hack+policython, encouraging young minds from any background to solve our society’s most pressing challenges. Throughout this 36-hour virtual event, participants in STEM and humanities are encouraged to work together to create a project that incorporates a technical solution and a policy brief. At MERGE 2022, we hope to start important conversations and spark innovation. Please take a look at our learning modules here to learn more about how you can write a policy brief!
Hack project; and
Policy Brief or Op-Ed; and
Demo video, 3-5 minutes long
> What's a hack+policython? A hack+policython is an event that gives an opportunity for students in STEM and liberal arts to work together and create projects to solve real-world problems.
> How much does it cost to attend? $0. We are a registered nonprofit in both Canada and the U.S., and we are committed to providing this experience for free, and for all.
> Who runs this event? Our event is run by high school students from all over the world!
> Who can participate in MERGE 2022? All students in high school or post-secondary from anywhere around the world is encouraged to participate!
> How are the teams going to look like? Each team consists of up to 5 people, or you can also participate solo. You can create your team before the event, but each member must submit their own application.
> What if I don't have a team? If you don't have a team, don't worry! There will be opportunities to connect with others and form your team prior to the event. You also have the option to go solo!
> What will submissions look like for a hack+policython? Teams have the option of presenting a hack project, a policy brief or both (Fusion), giving teams more flexibility regarding what they want to make. However, all projects must be related to the current health crisis in India caused by the pandemic. More details on submission requirements for each of the tracks will be announced soon!
> What if I don't know how to code? Don't worry! There will be introductory workshops and mentors available at the event. In addition, if you are focusing on policy, you are not required to program at all!
> What should I bring? Since this is a virtual event, you will have the opportunity of enjoying our event from your home! All we require is a stable internet connection and an electronic device capable of accessing the internet. If you require any assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to us as we have more options available for you.
> Where will the event be held? We will use Discord as our main platform of communication with workshops hosted on Zoom.