PolicyHack

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

  • International Community Border Plaza PolicyHack

    April 2, 2019

    Partner:
    The Border Industrial Association, Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance
    To compete globally we must collaborate regionally! The Cross Border Campus PolicyHack in Santa Teresa, NM was sponsored by Dell Technologies, Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance, and the Border Industrial Association, with stakeholders from both the United States and Mexico. Team One tackled the policy pros and cons facing a cross border industrial campus, while Team Two identified industry clusters that would be well suited for production at the campus. All participants left the event yesterday with a better understanding of how this unique region, composed of three states and two countries, can come together to build a campus for emerging technologies and high value jobs.
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  • Women’s Entrepreneurship Policy Hack

    April 4, 2019

    Partner:
    Arrowhead Center, WESST
    Dell Technologies, the Arrowhead Center, and WESST hosted the Women Entrepreneurship PolicyHack during the WE Mean Business Conference at NSMU. The event brought private and public sector leaders together to identify policy solutions for a range of issues in the New Mexico region.
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  • The Dell Experience at SXSW

    March 9, 2019

    Partner:
    Alienware
    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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