PEAC HIGH SCHOOL IDEATHON
FEBRUARY 6, 2021
9 A.M. - 5 P.M.
IDEATE. INNOVATE. CHANGE
2021 PEAC Policy Ideathon Report
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PEAC’s 1st Ideathon was a successful endeavor that had over 100 individuals involved in the planning, execution and carrying out of our mission to introduce public policy to high school students.
1st Place: Ishan Arora & Pranav Dubey
2nd Place: Patrick Martinez, Marco Castillo, Karen Blanco, Malik Tennard
3rd Place: Sanjana Bhagavatula, Vibha Reddy, Sarayu Chebbi
1st Place: Anlly Moreno, Alejandra Guerrero, Kayla Le
2nd Place: Eti Gulati, Alexander Perez, Briana Gonzalez, Diego F
3rd Place: Abby Sweeney, Haseeb Ahmed, Gurkiran Kaur and Maya Kuruvanka
PEAC's Environment and Health Inequities Youth Network
We envisioned this Ideathon being an introduction to public policy, and are committed to growing students’ involvement as problem solvers in these fields beyond our event. To keep students engaged in conversations around Climate Change/Environmentalism and Public Health in Houston, we have created a city-wide network for passionate students to collaborate on city-wide impact projects. This network is open to all current students (post-secondary included) and can be joined through application.
Our COVID-19 challenge focuses on teenage mental health, disparities in health outcomes of minorities, and vaccine distribution.
Climate Change Challenge
Our Climate Change challenge focuses on recycling in schools, educating youth workers on jobs in renewable energy, and accelerating Houston's clean energy transition.
DIRECTOR OF MAYOR'S OFFICE OF EDUCATION
"DIGITAL DIVIDE IN HOUSTON"
Dr. Keila Lopez
"HEALTH DISPARITIES IN HOUSTON"
CITY OF HOUSTON OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY
"HOUSTON CLIMATE ACTION PLAN"
Dr. Richina Bicette
ASST. PROFESSOR AT BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
"COVID-19 IMPACT ON LOW INCOME COMMUNITIES"
PROGRAM MANAGER FOR UNICEF CHILD FRIENDLY CITIES INITIATIVE
"CHILDREN'S RIGHTS & COMMUNITY
CEO AT CENTER FOR HOUSTON'S FUTURE
"HOW HOUSTON YOUTH CAN SHAPE THE CITY'S FUTURE"
DIRECTOR OF HOUSTON'S CLIMATE YOUTH COUNCIL
"CLIMATE JUSTICE AND YOUTH ACTION"
Dr. Michael Mosser - Professor at UT Austin
Kevin Kalra - Chief Operating Officer at Montessori Children's School Inc.
Mashal Awais - Environmental Scientist
Laura Solitare - Professor at Texas Southern University
Stephanie Coates - University of Houston Energy Office
Brandon Denton - Assistant Director at City of Houston Mayor's Office of Education
Dr. Catherine Cubbin - Professor at UT Austin
Amy Looper - Co-Founder/COO of OneSeventeen Media, PBC
Nida Saeed - Teacher at Lake View Elementary
Brandon Mack - Black Lives Matter Houston
Dr. Namkee Choi - Professor at UT Austin
Dr. Paula Cuccaro - Assistant Professor at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health
Nishka Bomareddy - Program Coordinator at CityMatCH
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an Ideathon?
An ideathon is a short, intensive, brainstorming event to help young talents generate fresh solutions to existing challenges in their communities.
How long is the event?
The event is on February 6, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST
Where is the event?
This year's PEAC Ideathon will be completely virtual. Students will use Zoom and Slack.
How many team members can you have?
Each team must have a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 4 people.
Who can I contact for additional details?
You can contact the PEAC team at
Who can participate?
This event is available to all high school students from 9th to 12th grade. You do not need any previous knowledge or skills. This is an opportunity to gain and learn new skills.