The IOP Gov 2.0 grant provides a $5000 stipend to an individual or group of Harvard College returning undergraduates committed to dedicating the summer to an entrepreneurial venture relating to domestic politics or government. Funding will be awarded to the individual or team with the most innovative idea to reshape American civic life.
Applicants may propose anything from a student-run start-up to a new project that operates within the context of an established organization.
Harvard Freshman George Ko, shown at right during an IOP focus group describing his Gov 2.0 winning initiative “Politoscape,” launched the political news aggregator in the summer of 2012 as the presidential race intensified.
The 2017 Gov 2.0 winner is the Coding it Forward team. Co-founded by Harvard undergraduates Chris Kuang '20, Neel Mehta '18, and Athena Kan '19, Coding it Forward works to tackle critical policy issues through coding, in their own words "Coding to make the world a little bit better". You can read more about the work of Coding it Forward here.
For questions about the Gov 2.0 Grant, please email IOP_ICS@hks.harvard.edu.