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

  • CHCI-Dell PolicyHack 2020: Hacking the Digital Divide

    September 17, 2020

    Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
    We hosted the CHCI-Dell PolicyHack 2020: Hacking the Digital Divide with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) on September 17th. We were joined by the following judges including our very own colleague Ed Loya, Dell SVP of Human Resources for Dell’s Corporate Services Functions and CHCI Board Member, as well as Alma Acosta, Executive Director of the CHC; Christine Godinez, President of CHSA; and Noel Candelaria, the NEA Secretary & Treasurer.
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  • Dell PolicyHack at CBC ALC 2020

    September 3, 2020

    Congressional Black Caucus
    We had the opportunity to present the Dell PolicyHack™ at the 2020 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference, for the second year in a row. This year’s September 3rd hack was virtual and we were joined by CBC Chair Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX); Geoffrey Starks, FCC Commissioner; Binta Beard, Director of Federal Government Affairs at AbbVie, and our very own Darlene Owens, Global Supplier Diversity Program.
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  • Mexico PolicyHack™

    November 15, 2019

    Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT)
    The Dell Technologies PolicyHack in Mexico was held on Friday, November 15, 2019 in collaboration with the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation of Mexico. The first event of its kind in Mexico, it provided an opportunity for more than 700 people of all ages, and from all Mexican regions, to engage directly with Dell in a “PolicyHack,” aimed to contribute to the reduction of the digital divide and provide public policy solutions to future technology challenges. Participation entailed creating proposals on the use of new technologies to solve everyday problems in their communities on the topics of communications, transportation, sustainability, job readiness, health and education.
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