UW–Madison teams win $1.5 million in national competition

Two University of Wisconsin–Madison teams have earned a total of $1.5 million for their projects to help Dane County’s middle class, according to a story from the Wisconsin State Journal. The Alliance for the American Dream Challenge winners ConnectRx and Opportunity Calculator use technology platforms to help residents access or understand social and financial services.

ConnectRx will create software to allow health care providers to track patients’ nonmedical needs, such as housing or food assistance, and connect them with social service providers who can help, thus aiming to improve birth outcomes for Black mothers.

Opportunity Calculator will develop a mobile platform that helps workers calculate the impact of new opportunities on their income and eligibility for benefits such as health insurance, food assistance, housing, and child care.