The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School and the OpenGov Foundation today announced the winners of last weekend’s #Hack4Congress competition to create common-sense solutions that would make the U.S. Congress more efficient, effective, and accountable to citizens.  The two-day event drew more than 150 students, software developers, academics and everyday Americans from across the country, leading to 13 innovative proposals to tackle 5 major threats to the future of democracy in America.

The overall winner of #Hack4Congress was Team HillHack for its proposal, Congress Connect, which is designed to facilitate more productive face-to-face conversations between every-day citizens and their members of Congress. Congress Connect, designed by Taylor Woods, Chris Baily, Kat Kane, and Jessie Landerman is a platform where constituents can directly request meetings on the Hill or in their district office, access tutorials to prepare for their meeting, and connect with other constituents who share their advocacy goals.