MobilityHouston@Rice Policy Challenge (Apps due by March 7 at 11:59 PM)
Thank you for your interest in competing in the MobilityHouston@Rice Policy Challenge! We, the Roosevelt@Rice policy coalition student organization, are partnering with MobilityHouston and the Center for Civic Leadership to brainstorm innovative policy ideas to improve mobility in Houston.

This event is limited to 10 teams and registering for this policy challenge occurs on a FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVE basis. Please submit your application as soon as possible to ensure your place in the competition.

Teams are expected to do background research on their selected policy question (from the list provided below) before the event. Roosevelt@Rice will provide resources to help teams such as written resources to help structure the proposal and meetings with the Roosevelt Institute National Policy Coordinator to receive feedback. For examples of policy proposals, please look over Roosevelt's 10 Ideas Policy Journals that can be found here: Additionally, for a guide on how to start formulating your own policy proposal, please look over this document:

Based on background research done before the event, teams are expected to synthesize their research into a five-minute policy pitch which will be fully created and presented at the event itself.

During the policy challenge, teams will have the opportunity to speak with relevant stakeholders from around the Houston area to receive feedback on their proposal. The stakeholders include elected officials, representatives from city departments, non-profits, and commercial firms - all of whom have deep knowledge and interest in Houston's mobility policies.

The policy pitches will be judged by elected officials and representatives of transit-related organizations. The winning team will receive $1000 in prize money.

This event will take place on Tuesday, March 22nd in Fondren Library and will proceed according to the following schedule:

3:30-3:45 - Introduction by Roosevelt@Rice, Center for Civic Leadership, and Glasshouse Policy (Kyle Morrow)
3:45-5:00 - Teams work on policy pitches (Study Rooms)
5:00-5:30 - Introduction of Houston stakeholders (Kyle Morrow)
5:30-6:15 - Teams work on policy ideas, stakeholders rotate between rooms in 15 minute intervals (Study Rooms)
6:15-7:00 - Teams finalize their policy pitches (Study Rooms) (Dinner provided for all guests at this time)
7:00-8:00 - Introduction of judges, teams present five minute elevator pitches (Kyle Morrow)
8:00-8:20- Teams, audience members, and stakeholders mingle while judges decide and award prizes (Kyle Morrow)
8:20-8:30 - Winners announced (Kyle Morrow)

Please refer to this list of FAQs if you have any questions:

We will be having an info session on Tuesday, February 23rd at 12:10 PM on the 2nd of the RMC in the CCL Office to answer any additional questions you may have!

If you have a question that is not addressed on this form, please feel free to contact Madhuri Venkateswar ( or Dr. Elizabeth Vann (

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