ACE: Accelerating Civic Engagement
Awardees: Jerren Chang (HBS/HKS), Harshini Jayaram (HBS/HKS), Caleb Bradford (HBS/HKS) & Brian Mongeau (HBS/HKS)
Summary: ACE seeks to reignite civic engagement nationally by empowering individuals to learn about, participate in, and lead their local communities. An app-based civic engagement platform, ACE creates a seamless way for individuals to learn about and engage with their communities. ACE crowdsources civic learning modules about pertinent local issues from local governments, non-profits, and civic organizations and then connects users to relevant, crowdsourced volunteer opportunities. Individuals receive badges for completing modules and volunteering, which, in turn, will signal civic mindedness to schools and employers and qualify top users to meet with local decision makers.