Dell Organizes India's First PolicyHack for Teachers

Dell Organizes India's First PolicyHack for Teachers

Dell organizes an interactive hackathon, as a part of its three-city PolicyHack series for teacher who are focused on their learning journey. Dell has collaborated with UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) and Ignus for its first-of-its-kind hackathon with an aim to create a platform where teachers, school representatives and a cross-sectional group expert related to education can interact with each other.  

The PolicayHack was conducted in two levels where over 80 schools Pan India shared their statements  of purposes. On the basis of evaluation parameters, top 20 shortlisted schools presented their ideas to the jury. The jury comprised of Sanjay Awasthi, Member Secretary National Council for Teacher Education, Rajiva Gulati, Head, Satrt-Up Incubator, HARTRON, Prof. Dr. Anantha Duraiappah, Director, UNESCO MGIEP, subir Shukla, Founder, Ignus, Ajay Kaul, Director & GM, Head Government Business, Dell EMC and  Ritu Gupta, Director, Consumer India, Dell.

On the occasion fo Hackathon, Ajay Kaul, Directoir & GM, Head Government Business, Dell EMC  speaks, “Teachers have always played a key role in fuelling curiosity in the minds of young students. These students set out to become some of the brightest minds in the world. Inspired by teachers’ contribution to our education system, Dell PolicyHack India aims at creating a platform dedicated for teachers to address their day to day challenges and explore how technology can help enable their success. As a company we are focused on transforming education, and our efforts with Atal Innovation Mission, EduVision and Dell Aarambh are testimony to that. These hacks will add another dimension to our ongoing efforts, and will provide a lot of inputs to the budding edu-tech communities, by sharing with them real issues faced by administrations and teachers. We are truly thrilled to partner with UNESCO-MGIEP and IGNUS in bringing this PolicyHack for Teachers – and we hope it makes a difference.”

Further, Dell has plans to offer three more PolicyHack  in other parts of country in 2019, in line to encourage & cultivate innovative ideas on how teachers can leverage technology for themselves and for the benefit of their students. PolicyHack’s goal is to enable an ecosystem-wide understanding of key problems that impact the learning journey of teacher. The hackathon winner was Government Boys Senior Secondary School No.1 Ghonda, Delhi who presented the most promising and innovative ideas and solutions. and runners up were Indraprastha International School, Gyan Devi Salwan Public School & Dr. Sampuranand SKV-!.

Dr. Anantha Duraiappah, Director, UNESCO MGIEP said, “We all must move away from the present assessment-obsessed competitive system to a structure that rewards collaboration, empathy and compassion for the social good. Digital pedagogies can help educators develop content that is fun, engaging, interactive and immersive for the user, and reach out to a large pool of students.”

Committed to turn winning proposal into reality, Dell and alongside PolicyHack team with winning proposal develop their policy solutions post hackathon.   

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