Who Participates

Dell PolicyHacks are free, open to the public, and aimed at folks who are enthusiastic about technology, entrepreneurship, and public policy.

Our hackathons are a collaborative effort, based on teamwork and presentation skills. We welcome participants from all personal and professional backgrounds. We believe that there is strength in diverse viewpoints.

How It Works

For each PolicyHack, we invite a panel of judges from diverse professional backgrounds. During the hack, teams work for 90 minutes to design solutions to policy challenges faced by entrepreneurs running growing businesses.

Teams then pitch their solution to judges, who offer critiques and ask questions. The judges select a winning solution based on the following criteria:

  • Does the proposed solution solve the challenge presented?
  • Is the proposed solution innovative, novel or unique?
  • Does the proposed solution have a reasonable level of utility, have ability to be replicated and have chance of being adopted?

Dell is committed to turning the winning proposal into a reality. The PolicyHack™ team with the winning proposal will work alongside Dell and the relevant stakeholders to further develop their policy solutions post event.

Past Winners

  • The Dell Experience at SXSW

    March 9, 2019

    Dell Technologies hosted a day full of activities at SXSW. Dell executives cohosted a number of events with Politico throughout the day, focusing on AI and women’s empowerment. We then finished the day with an interactive hack-a-thon that tasked teams of policymakers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and students, along with a “coach,” to design solutions to policy challenges faced by entrepreneurs running growing businesses. A select group of judges voted on the winning solution. The winning team received a Dell product and commitment from Dell to further develop the proposal and champion it with the Administration and Congress.​
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  • New Delhi PolicyHack for Teachers

    January 18, 2019

    When we consider which sector has been disrupted the most by advent of technology, Education is one among the top contenders. From medium, to method, and even the end goal – the entire value chain and objective of education has witnessed a paradigm shift.
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  • Dell PolicyHack at Congressional Black Caucus Conference

    September 14, 2018

    Congressional Black Caucus
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