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

  • Dell PolicyHack at Congressional Black Caucus Conference

    September 14, 2018

    Congressional Black Caucus
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  • Mexico City, Mexico

    June 21, 2018

    Fundacion Televisa
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  • Sydney, Australia

    October 23, 2018

    Pivotal Labs
    On the heels of the 9th Annual Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Summit (DWEN), Dell Technologies hosted an interactive PolicyHack to develop solutions on ways Sydney can continue to attract high-potential women entrepreneurs. The winning team, “The Capitalists”, comprised of Jacqui Walshe, the Managing Director of The Walshe Group (and a member of DWEN), Mariam Mohammed, a masters student at University of Sydney and Andrew Asfaganov, a web developer and founder of CityMiner. Sydney ranked 11th on the 2017 WE Cities Index, and our 2018 research shows that Sydney leaders and influencers could drive further opportunities by focusing on policies that promote access to capital and work/life balance and foster female talent. The hack was judged by Dell Technologies executives and industry leaders: • Angela Fox, General Manager, Commercial and Public Sector, Dell EMC ANZ • Ben Jackson, General Manager, Consumer and Small Business, Dell ANZ • Wendy Simpson, Entrepreneur & Business Leader • Roz Gregory, Director Customer Success and Digital Transformation, Asia Pacific and Japan, Pivotal • Susie Gemmell, Engagement Director, Sydney School of Entrepreneurship
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