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Sun, 02 Apr


Ashoka University

Policy GPT

Put your data analysis skills to the test of policy problem solving with carefully curated datasets at PolicyGPT, the flagship event of Equilibrium!

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Policy GPT
Policy GPT

Time & Location

02 Apr 2023, 11:00 am

Ashoka University, Ashoka University, Rajiv Gandhi Education City, Sonipat, Haryana 131021, India

About the Event

PolicyGPT will place you within the operations of a policy maker and given a problem statement and some guidance, ask you to propose data-driven policy solutions.

Whether you’re an undergraduate or a postgraduate student, a passion for social problem solving and some programming skills are all you’ll need!

Event Progression

In the first round, participants will be given a problem statement along with a dataset and will be asked to wrangle the data to their comfort and solve for a framework of a solution, along with listing all the problems they found from the data relating to the overarching problem statement.

The participants shall also be required to use descriptive statistics to analyze the problem—possibly by establishing a set of stylized facts relating to the problem statement. Additionally, they will also be provided sub-prompts that will assist them with suggestive directions for their analysis.

After the participants have diagnosed the problem, they will be required to generate solutions for the same. Judging for the first round will be based on how well the data was cleaned and analyzed as well as the potential their solution holds.

Shortlisted teams will then create presentations detailing their solutions in the second round. The participants should also look at providing appropriate evidence for the feasibility of their solutions: these could be via impact evaluation methods or literary sources. Judging for the second round will be based on their presentation skills, performance in the QnA round and the quality, feasibility and the evidence (if any) of the solution.

Structure - Participants will be given the problem statement and dataset at 11AM, and 2 hours to work on it. At 1, they will submit their work to student judges who will shortlist the teams during the 1.5 hour break from 1-2:30PM. The top 5 teams shall qualify for the presentations round. The teams will then make the presentations from 2:30-4:00PM after which they will get 1.5 hours to present. The time allotted to each team for the presentations shall be 10 mins, followed by a 5 minutes Q&A round. Judges will get some time to deliberate and prizes will be awarded at 5:45-6:00 PM.

General Guidelines:

  1. Teams should have 2 - 4 people, all of whom must be enrolled in undergraduate courses at the same institution.
  2. Atleast one or more team members should have experience with languages like R and Python so that they are able to generate graphs and crosstabs on large datasets for the purpose of quantitative analysis.
  3. Judges’ decision will be final.
  4. The competition has two rounds and both of them will be held offline on Sunday 2nd April 2023. All team members must be present during both the rounds.

Rules for round 1:

  1. All teams must submit their work by 1 PM. Late submissions will not be accepted.
  2. Teams must not plagiarize or copy any work from outside sources. It is imperative to cite any sources for literature evidence and (or) inspiration for your analysis.
  3. The participants may use outside data to supplement the dataset provided along with the prompt, but the variables/ inferences from the latter should have major focus.
  4. The submission must include the pdf (mentioning their methodology, variables used, results of analysis, potential solutions, etc) along with the data working.

Rules for round 2:

  1. Teams are required to share their final presentations with organisers, via email, latest by 4:00 pm. No requests for extension shall be entertained.
  2. Teams must make sure the presentation is within the allotted 10 minutes, followed by a 5 minute Q&A round.
  3. They must adhere to additional rules regarding the format of submission for the presentation, slide limit, specific questions to be answered in the presentation etc. that will be conveyed to the participants once they qualify for round 2.
  4. Judges will consider the feasibility and quality of the solution, as well as how well the presentation was made.


Winning teams in the competition shall receive cash prizes:

1st Prize: 8000 Rs

2nd Prize: 3500 Rs

3rd Prize:  2000 Rs

The audience in the presentation round also stand a chance to win cash prizes for their participation:

Two best Questions asked to the presenting teams shall win Rs 500 each.

One Best Interjection will be awarded Rs 500

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