TRANSFORM911Arts, Policy, and Technology Competitions

 

Young Adult Arts, Policy, and Technology Competitions

Transform911 seeks to transform our 911 system by better prioritizing health and safety and ensuring the right responder is dispatched at the right time. To do so, we will centralize and evaluate the evidence-base surrounding the crisis response system, identify areas for improvement and opportunities for growth, spark creativity in innovation, and develop policy recommendations for the local, state, and federal levels.

Transform911 recognizes that our work must be informed by a wide variety of voices and perspectives, including those of young adults. We are pleased to announce an opportunity for young adults (ages 18-30) to contribute to 911 innovation through policy, technology, and arts competitions. We are looking for creative suggestions on how to improve the crisis response system and are eager to hear your ideas! To get involved, see below to learn more, and please share this opportunity widely.

Further details about judging criteria will be posted by October 7, 2021.

Arts Competition

This arts competition is for young adults who are interested in presenting their ideas about crisis response through photography, painting, film, or other artistic media. Prizes of money, the chance to present to leading policy makers, and/or an internship will be given to the three entrants offering the most compelling artistic representations of problems and promising alternatives relating to the crisis response system.

  • Details:
    • The competition is open to all young adults ages 18-30.
    • Artistic creations may be in any medium of the artist’s choosing, must be original work completed solely by the participant, and must directly address a particular issue related to transformations to police response and/or the emergency crisis response system.
    • Potential areas to explore include community alternatives to police response, policing budget reallocation, 911 call-taker training, evaluating bias in officers and 911 call center protocol. This list is not exhaustive; be creative!
    • All projects must be submitted to the Health Lab by email (transform911@uchicago.edu) no later than October 29, 2021, at 11:59pm CT. In your email, please include your first and last name and the best email address at which to reach you. For non-digital art, submissions should include sufficient photos/video of your piece so that it can be effectively reviewed. Submissions will be reviewed by a committee of five public health policy experts, and finalists will be contacted by November 24, 2021. If your piece is not able to be submitted via email, please contact the Transform911 team at transform911@uchicago.edu by October 27, 2021, at 11:59pm CT so we can make alternate arrangements for submission.
    • Finalists will be asked to submit a written description of their project, what motivated the piece, and what the piece represents in 100 words or less.
    • Further details about judging criteria will be posted by October 7, 2021.
    • Submitted artistic pieces are subject for use by the University of Chicago Health Lab and may be hosted on transform911.org with full attribution to the artist. Winning works may also be displayed at the University of Chicago or other venue, with artist’s permission.
  • Judging Criteria:
    • Appropriateness/Relevance: Is the piece related to 911, emergency/crisis response, or police transformation? Is the artist’s description of their motivation and the piece’s meaning compelling, relevant, and clear?
    • Originality/Uniqueness: Is the entry original, creative, and imaginative in content and implementation?
    • Aesthetic appeal: Is the entry subjectively compelling or pleasing to look at?
    • Difficulty/Craft: How much technique and skill were required to complete the work? Does it demonstrate good technical craft and professionalism (e.g. digital art is saved at a high resolution or as a vector graphic; 2D art has neat edges and is scanned or photographed in good light; video has good audio quality and is edited neatly)
    • Messaging: Does the piece convey the meaning the artist attributes to it in their descriptive statement?
    • Other elements deemed relevant by the judges
  • Timeline:
    • Competition opens and competition details and instructions sent September 27, 2021
    • Competition art pieces (and/or photos/video of piece) and accompanying description due October 29, 2021
    • Winners chosen by November 24, 2021
  • Prizes: Cash prize and chance to present to leading artists and policymakers
    • 1st Place: $1000, presenting opportunity, internship with the Health Lab
    • 2nd place: $500, presenting opportunity
    • 3rd Place: $250
  • Reviewers: Leading artists and policy experts; UChicago faculty, staff, and graduate students; Transform911 workgroup chairs and members

Policy Competition

The current crisis response and criminal justice system needs a transformation to better serve communities across the nation. We believe innovative ideas from young people like you can help inform policy and change these systems for the better! This is an opportunity to have your voice heard and to make transformative change to the way we deal with people in crisis. Prizes of money, the chance to present to leading policy makers, and/or an internship will be awarded to the three entrants offering the most promising policy solutions to problems relating to the crisis response system.

  • Details:
    • The competition is open to all young adults ages 18-30.
    • Papers must be original work, 500-1000 words in length, single spaced, and directly address a particular issue related to transformations to police response and/or the emergency crisis response system.
    • Potential areas to explore include community alternatives to police response, policing budget reallocation, 911 call-taker training, evaluating bias in officers and 911 call center protocol. This list is not exhaustive; be creative!
    • Questions to consider when developing your paper:
      • What problem is this addressing?
      • Who or what is this going to help?
      • Who should be in charge of implementing this?
    • All papers must be submitted to the Health Lab by email (transform911@uchicago.edu) no later than October 29, 2021, at 11:59pm CT. In your email, please include your first and last name and the best email address at which to reach you. Submissions will be reviewed by a committee of five public health policy experts, and winners will be contacted by November 24, 2021.
    • Further details about judging criteria will be posted by October 7, 2021.
    • Submitted papers are subject for use by the University of Chicago Health Lab and may be hosted on transform911.org with full attribution to the author.
  • Judging Criteria:
    • Comprehensiveness: Defines the problem and solutions
    • Social Value/Relevance: Clearly identifies how the proposal relates to Transform911, what social benefits the policy would have, and how the policy would address bias and inequity
    • Feasibility: Makes a clear justification for the ability of policy to be realized
    • Clarity and Format: Grammar, proper length, font size, and spacing, proper citations; well-organized explanation of policy
    • Evidence: Is the argument based on credible and timely research and data?
    • Creativity: Is this a new/innovative and unique idea?
    • Other elements deemed relevant by the judges
  • Timeline:
    • Competition opens; competition details and instructions posted September 27, 2021
    • Policy papers due October 29, 2021
    • Winners chosen by November 24, 2021
  • Prizes: Money, chance to present to leading policy makers, and internship with Health Lab
    • 1st Place: $1000, presenting opportunity, and internship with Health Lab
    • 2nd place: $500, presenting opportunity
    • 3rd Place: $250
  • Reviewers: Leading policy experts: UChicago faculty, staff, and graduate students; Transform911 workgroup chairs and members

Technology Competition

We believe that technology innovations can be creatively and responsibly leveraged to improve 911 and better serve communities across the nation. This is an opportunity to unleash creative thinking, have your voice heard, and help make transformative change to the way we deal with people in crisis. Prizes of money, the chance to present to leading technology experts, and/or an internship will be awarded to the three entrants offering the most promising technology/technological policy solutions to problems relating to the crisis response system.

  • Details:
    • The competition is open to all young adults ages 18-30.
    • Submissions must be original ideas and summarized in a brief paper not to exceed 1000-1500 words in length, and directly address a particular issue related to transformations to police response and/or the emergency crisis response system. Submissions may include code, links to explainer videos, or other tools to help demonstrate the designed solution/recommendation, as well as its applied use and practicality.
    • Potential areas to explore include police behavior monitoring, information transfer from caller to call-taker to first responders/those in need of help, 911 accessibility, potential analytic methods for 911/CFS data, filtering accidental 911 calls, and caller location-tracking. This list is not exhaustive; be creative!
    • Questions to consider when developing your paper:
      • What problem is this addressing?
      • Who or what is this going to help?
      • Who should be in charge of implementing this?
    • All papers must be submitted to the Health Lab by email (transform911@uchicago.edu) no later than October 29, 2021, at 11:59pm CT. In your email, please include your first and last name and the best email address at which to reach you. Submissions will be reviewed by a committee of five public health policy experts, and winners will be contacted by November 24, 2021. Submissions will be judged on topic relevance, creativity, format, and policy implications.
    • Further details about judging criteria will be posted by October 7, 2021.
    • Submitted papers are subject for use by the University of Chicago Health Lab and may be hosted on transform911.org with full attribution to the author.
  • Judging Criteria:
    • Creativity: Is the entry creative and imaginative in content and implementation?
    • Social Value/Relevance: Clearly identifies why the proposal has value to society
    • Clarity: Grammar, proper length of writing; documentation of any code; clear and well-organized technical and/or lay descriptions of technology
    • Appropriateness: Was the technology/software used appropriately matched?
    • Design: Does the overall design support the project purpose?
    • Feasibility: Does the entry demonstrate understanding of the limitations and possible use cases of the underlying technology, where appropriate, and justify the technical feasibility of the proposal?
    • Other elements deemed relevant by the judges
  • Timeline:
    • Competition opens; competition details and instructions posted September 27, 2021
    • Entries due October 29, 2021
    • Winners chosen by November 24, 2021
  • Prizes: Money, chance to present to leading policy makers, and internship with Health Lab
    • 1st Place: $1000, presenting opportunity, and internship with Health Lab
    • 2nd place: $500, presenting opportunity
    • 3rd Place: $250
  • Reviewers: Leading technology and policy experts: UChicago faculty, staff, and graduate students; Transform911 workgroup chairs and members

Help us Transform911.

The Health Lab strives to improve public health, its impacts, and how it is discussed. If you identify an area of our work that you believe misses a critical perspective or employs language that needs improvement, please contact us at transform911@uchicago.edu. We welcome your feedback.

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