STEM Alliance - Dell PolicyHack™ Finale

Selçuk Yusuf Arslan was announced the winner of the STEM Alliance - Dell PolicyHack™ Competition with Anita Simac as the runner-up!

During the STEM Alliance - Dell PolicyHack™ Finale four teachers shared their ideas on how to solve challenges in teachers' STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) education practices from a policy perspective.

The "STEM Alliance - Dell PolicyHack™ Competition" called for teachers in Europe to submit STEM education challenges that they face on a local/regional level in their education practices and share recommendations on how ICT(Information and Communication Technologies) can help solve these.

Entries were submitted within four ICT for STEM Education Challenge Themes:

  1. Learning environment/content I
  2. Learning environment/content II
  3. Skills
  4. Life-long learning

Out of all submissions in the competition, four teachers were invited to the STEM Alliance - Dell PolicyHack™ on Education Challenges taking place on 23-26 November 2020. At this hackathon, the finalists had the chance to discuss online and refine their Statement of Purpose with representatives of Ministries of Education, industry partners, policy makers and other education stakeholders.

After some in-depth brainstorming, development and finalisation sessions with experts in the field, the four teachers pitched their ideas to a panel of expert judges during the STEM Alliance - Dell PolicyHack™ Finale on 27 November 2020.

Video recording


The Jurors

The jurors of the competition will evaluate teachers' presentations according to a catalogue of criteria (see "Criteria for Evaluation"), ask clarifying questions and choose the winner of the hackathon. The jurors were invited on the basis of their expertise in the field of educational policy and their involvement in the process of change in European education and culture.

Anja Monrad

Senior Vice President & General Manager at Dell Technologies, CEE

Anja thrives with strategic as well as transformational challenges, and successfully leads organizations through change, while ensuring strong engagement and focus of key deliverables. Recognized as an inspirational leader, strong communicator and passionate people builder. She has a strong drive for results and value creation and has during more than a decade of international people management cultivated an empowering, culturally aware and empathetic leadership style leading to significant business impact and results.

Marc Durando

Executive Director - European Schoolnet

Marc has over 20 years of experience in the field of education and training, both at European and national level. He specialises in skills and competences in the field of education and training area comprising higher education management, assessment of projects, programmes and initiatives, adult education and lifelong learning, development of e-learning, ICT innovation in secondary schools, image and attractivity of vocational education and training, collaboration between education and industry, promoting science and technology with young people through education.

Vladimir Garkov

European Commission – DG EAC – Directorate General for Education and Culture

Vladimir has a 17-year-long experience as a university educator teaching science courses for non-majors as well as general, organic and biochemistry for science majors. In 2008 he joined the European Commission as a management officer of the scientific committees advising the Commission on legislative proposals which have public-health and environmental impact. After he moved to the Directorate General for Education and Culture, his efforts are focused on educational policy development, on bringing together policy outputs from cooperation on literacy, mathematics and science education in a single package of guidance to EU Member States.

The Finalists


Stella Magid-Podolsky

STEM & Biology teacher at Tzamarot Ayalon secondary school in Tel-Aviv , Chemistry teacher at Shevah Mofet secondary school in Tel-Aviv, STEM Teacher's trainer at the Faculty of Education in Technology and Science at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Israel

Title: "Action research in ICT & STEM education as a leverage for constructivist approaches in teaching-learning processes"

Topic: Learning environment/content



José María Beltrán Gómez

Professor of Technology, Head of Studies and ICT Coordinator at the IES Acebuche of Torredonjimeno, Scientix Ambassador, Spain 

Title: Learning by Doing in Education

Topic: Learning environment/content



Selçuk Yusuf Arslan

Computer Science teacher, Atatürk Mesleki ve Teknik Anadolu Lisesi, Turkey 

Title: Improving social-emotional skills with ICT in STEM education

Topic: Skills



Anita Simac

Mathematics teacher, Scientix ambassador, OS Petra Preradovica school, Croatia 

Title: Accessible learning environment with hands on experience to meet new school challenges

Topic: Life-long Learning



Spread the word!

Follow the STEM Alliance and Dell Technologies on various social media platforms to be up to date with our new initiatives!