Aspen Tech Policy Hub Announces COVID-19 Tech Challenge Grant

March 19, 2020

Winning teams will be allotted up to $15,000 over three months to execute their projects​​

Aspen Tech Policy Hub
Betsy Cooper

San Francisco, CA, March 19, 2020 The Aspen Tech Policy Hub is pleased to announce up to three challenge grants of up to $15,000 for policy-oriented technologists to work on projects that can help mitigate the effects of COVID-19.  

These grants will be awarded to experienced technologist teams who propose ideas to mitigate the short and long-term effects of COVID-19. Example projects to be funded might include providing best practices on mitigating cybersecurity risks while small businesses are shut, using emerging technologies such as virtual reality to mitigate effects of social isolation or providing data analysis of real-time COVID-19 information to help health care workers. 

“During the COVID-19 crisis, the internet and other technologies have already been a lifeline for people around the globe who are now sheltering at home in hopes of preventing the spread of this deadly virus,” said Betsy Cooper, founding director of the Aspen Tech Policy Hub. “We believe efforts at the intersection of technology and policy can help in so many other ways and we’re excited to have an opportunity to help technologists build new solutions to support communities in need.” 

Winning teams will be allotted up to $15,000 over three months to execute their projects​​. Applications are due March 30.

For more information about the challenge grant and how to apply, please visit the Aspen Tech Policy Hub’s website


The Aspen Tech Policy Hub is a West Coast policy incubator, training a new generation of tech policy entrepreneurs. The Hub takes tech experts, teaches them the policy process through an in-residence fellowship program in the Bay Area, and encourages them to develop outside-the-box solutions to society’s problems. It models itself after tech incubators like Y Combinator, but trains new policy thinkers and focuses the impact of their ideas. For more information, please visit

The Aspen Tech Policy Hub is an initiative of Aspen Digital, a new program of the Aspen Institute which empowers policy makers, civic organizations, companies, and the public to be responsible stewards of technology and digital media in the service of a more just and equitable world.

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners. For more information, visit

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