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The Hacker Exchange

COVID-19 Program Updates

Due to global health & safety concerns and travel restrictions related to the coronavirus, The Hacker Exchange has decided to offer flexible booking options for some of their upcoming programs. Learn more about COVID-19 updates to stay tuned regarding program information.

About

The Hacker Exchange (HEX) a global talent incubator, has the vision to enable one million entrepreneurs and innovators worldwide by 2030. Through immersive and intensive programs and strategic connections in Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv, Singapore, and Melbourne, our participants emerge as a generation of leaders ready to take action to change the world. Our philosophy? To inspire action, pay it forward and never stop learning.

About our programs:
Start with an idea, problem, or passion — and learn what it takes to transform it into a scaleable startup business or a global social movement. Our programs are hands-on, immersive, heaps of fun, and focussed on developing you into a #nextgen leader ready to take on the future.

**VIRTUAL GLOBAL LEARNING * The Hacker Exchange: Virtual Innovation Program

From the comfort of your laptop, you can access thought leaders and develop networks from San Francisco, Tel Aviv, Singapore and Australia. All the benefits of a global HEX program with none of the jet lag. Plus, we’ll personally match you with an international mentor who will help you truly supercharge your startup and career goals. Inspiration? Yes. Boring lectures? No. Pants? Yes, please.


Founded
2016
Headquarters

397 Brunswick St
Fitzroy VIC 3065
Australia

Reviews

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Rashi
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I was a part of this innovative program in 2018 and found the entire experience extremely engaging and knowledgeable. The quality of each industry expert session was profound, we were able to interact with experts from several industries helping us gain insights from all different aspects. The friendships and relationship built overtime not only made me culturally and emotionally intelligent but also improved my interpersonal skills. Moreover, the most indulging part of the program is the freedom to explore your own interest/space, build networks, learn from others, and feel what it's like to be a tiny yet significant part of Silicon Valley.

Just being there with a proactive, super organized, and awesome bunch of people felt amazing.

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James
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I honestly had the most fun I've ever had learning while on HEX. Going to San Fransisco and Silicon Valley was a dream for me, and it really did live up to all my expectations and more. We got to learn from some amazing founders, leaders and mentors which allowed us to really increase our knowledge and work on many soft skills. Combine this with 2 weeks with a really good group of people in San Fransisco meant that there were a lot of fun experiences that we had that I will remember for my whole life.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Definitely the most nerve-racking moment was having to pitch a business idea to real VC's. I tried to think of it more like a school presentation, and that helped my nerves a bit (albeit slightly).
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Vikash
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Its was an incredible journey with HEX, I would never imagine to learn so many things be it profession or for personal development, making new friends for life, meeting great bunch of people from start-up world and support from HEX crew specially ( Jeanette & Chris) from start till end of the program and life long bonding with HEX. HEX is one of the most memorable part of my life and I would love to join HEX for other program too. Hex program has given me lots of confidence at a same time I have been able to identify my weakness and how to over come it through help from my friends and mentors.

What would you improve about this program?
NUMBER OF DAYS, FEEL LIKE IT SGOULD BE MORE THAN 2 WEEKS
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Zhamilya
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This program was not just a regular university course, it gave me so much more than I expected. I feel that I grew as a person and as a professional a lot and in just 2 weeks I learned more than I usually can learn in one semester. The mentors were absolutely amazing: very supportive, chill, understanding and always ready to help. I truly enjoyed the program and got inspired to go to the world with this knowledge and achieve more than I was dreaming about. I started believing in myself and my ideas and I am grateful to the HEX program for this milestone. Not only the entrepreneurship tools and practice were taught on the program, but also life experience and exposure to the real-world success cases and company tours.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
For me, the scariest thing was the final pitch presentation, because I am naturally introverted and shy. I prepared a lot but still got nervous before the presentation and didn't do as great as I wanted to, but I am very proud of the results I achieved. I am glad I had that experience and I learned a lot from my mistakes.
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Ann
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The best part about my trip in San Francisco was the knowledge that I gained in two weeks. During the two weeks I also developed myself as a person and grew a lot from the experience. Networking in San Francisco made me aware of the talent that is out there which motivates me to push myself and be better. Not to mention I also had the opportunity to work with smart and talented students from all over Australia who came from different walks of life. I feel very fortunate everyone on the program were super supportive.

What would you improve about this program?
Something the hacker exchange can do differently next time is to provide more free time in between workshops and tours to allow students to work on their startup ideas. I feel like we were doing so much in the two weeks that a lot of us rushed our pitches in the end.

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Programs

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Tel Aviv Global Innovation Program - The Hacker Exchange
Israel
9.67 •3 reviews

Known as the startup nation, Israel offers a truly sophisticated...

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Global Innovation Program (Silicon Valley)
United States of America
9.67 •3 reviews

Home to some of the biggest tech giants, such as Google, LinkedIn and...

The Hacker Exchange
Global Innovation Program (Virtual)
Online

What is the VIRTUAL INNOVATION PROGRAM? At this moment, international...

The Hacker Exchange
Future Leaders Online Program
Online

Over 4 weeks, experience a leadership transformation that will build...

The Hacker Exchange
Virtual Entrepreneurship & Innovation Internship
Online

What is the VIRTUAL INNOVATION PROGRAM? At this moment, international...

The Hacker Exchange
Global Innovation Program: Singapore
Singapore

With amazing innovative policies, a flexible working culture, and easy...

The Hacker Exchange
Global Innovation Program: Melbourne, Australia
Australia

Melbourne, Australia, held the title of ‘World’s Most Liveable City’...

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Eleanor Smith

Job Title
Community Engagement Lead
Eleanor is a curious polymath with training and experience ranging from tech startups and computer science to classical music, education, language, and real estate.

As a HEX 2.1 alumnus to Tel Aviv, she loves guiding new HEXies along their own journeys of discovery. Also as a mum of 2, taking the lead and getting stuff done is second nature!

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favourite travel memory was everything about HEX 2.1 to Tel Aviv! What an incredible cultural and educational experience. It was actually life-changing for me to have my perspective opened up so much. Highlights were pitching my own startup idea to industry leaders, learning about cultural capital from Yaakov Lehman, and of course, partying in Tel Aviv!

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

There's nothing better than working with vibrant, talented people who are engaged on a mission to do something great. With The Hacker Exchange (HEX), I get this every day I'm at work.

I've rediscovered creativity and flexibility of mindset that had been largely dormant working in traditional business, not to mention gaining incredible insight into working in a thriving startup. We're always exploring new tools, relationships, and startup ideas. And it's a huge buzz every time one of our alumni launches something new that they've been inspired to work on thanks to the program.

Personal growth happens organically when you become part of this active community.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

It's hard to pick just one. We've had students go on to elite incubators like StartMate and others who have been employed at industry giants like Google, Atlassian, Cisco, Microsoft — and of course, The Hacker Exchange!

At the moment, I'm loving watching the journey of one returned student who has launched a space satellite startup, bent on helping the world manage global warming extreme weather events using prolific satellite data.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I adored going to Tel Aviv because it's not only an interesting startup hub but also a rare adventure.

Tel Aviv startup culture prizes resourcefulness, creativity, and global mindset as a result of Israel's relatively small population and geographic isolation from trade partners — which Australians can learn a lot from. They also tackle similar agricultural predicaments farming swathes of desert, so anyone interested in AgTech can really learn a lot there.

Israel also has more startups per capita than anywhere else in the world, so innovation is steeped in their psyche. You can literally have an educated conversation with a random person on the street about startups — and they'll probably be able to introduce you to someone relevant to what you're trying to achieve!

But to answer the question, I'd like to go on every program, because each destination has its own flavor and insights. Silicon Valley is next on my list as the startup mecca. I've been to San Fransisco before but never with inroads into the startup ecosystem.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Steve Jobs said, "Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower." The Hacker Exchange works in the beautiful space of bringing together different leaders and innovators, to guide them towards their goals at a formative stage of their progress. And who better to do this than a company that is effectively creating its own new genre of education — and enabling traditional tertiary education to tag along for the ride.

I'm proud of my team every time a returned student launches a new product or company or engages with the alumni community to pay it forward — because that is the culture HEX has created.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I believe the most important factor for successful companies in the 2020s is hiring great people — full of ideas and interests as well as skills — and harnessing their individual strengths. Give everyone enough support to achieve the company goals, but enough license to do it their own way and have a voice. With awesome people, this is the way to get the most out and give the most back, in terms of job satisfaction and contributing to a community purpose.