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.


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.


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Yes, I recommend this program

Joining the Hacker Exchange Virtual 5.0 program is a direction-changing experience. Without knowing where to get started, I was invited to join the program to assist my curiosity about entrepreneur and social changes. What I have learned out of the program is how to develop a more mature being of myself and to take initiative and be focus on your values. A piece of advice I want to let future participants know is to be ready, to be inspired, fired up, and excited. You will meet others with personalities whom you won't be able to meet daily, you get to share and improve on your ideas with forwarding thinkers in the alumni group and you spend precious moments together.

What was your funniest moment?
The funniest part of the program has to be the continuous creation of memes... and never JUMP TO CONCLUSION because you will not know what the surprise will be...
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Yes, I recommend this program

The HEX 5.0 Virtual Innovation program was an experience that I will never forget! Over the course of the program, I grew as an entrepreneur and business owner learning new techniques and ways of approaching problems due to the masterclass speakers that were brought in.

Apart from the top tier speakers the actual cohort and organisers made the program spectacular. I didn't expect us to all bond as much as we did given that it was all online but the team building at the start really helped us all band together to complete all of our individual goals.

I also want to point out the organisation was flawless and at no point was I unsure of what was to come next as the itinerary was all set out from the start.

Overall the experience was phenomenal a definite 10/10 from start to finish and I would recommend it to anyone that wants to broaden their horizons.

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Yes, I recommend this program

During the Hacker Exchange Global Innovation Program (Virtual 5.0), the most valuable part is the people you meet and the connections you make to industry. They prep you from knowing nothing to knowing everything you need to know to run off with your idea. Would recommend it especially if your a student or employed/employer and would like to upskill, learn something related or unrelated to your course can really give you perspective and enlighten you on worlds of knowledge you've never known. From market validation to the people you meet, 5/5 experience

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Yes, I recommend this program

I have had the opportunity of participating in different accelerators and entrepreneurship courses around the world, but this is the best one I have attended.

Now I understand why The Hacker Exchange is part of the top global cohorts of entrepreneurship and project growth.

The team is so friendly and supportive, also the guests are world top-level seniors from big companies around the world. In my program, I had the chance of interacting with top directors of Google, Amazon, Zendesk and many many other global leaders in USA, Europe, Asia and Australia.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Nothing, I would love to do it again. The experience was amazing, and I feel very lucky for attending this program.

If you have the chance of attending the program, please take the most out of it and block those days in your calendar.
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Yes, I recommend this program

The whole HEX team are all-round great people and rays of sunshine! They were really great at delivering the content in new and exciting ways, while pushing you to think from different angles. It’ll definitely help us all to continue growing and teaching.

It was great meeting all the fellow HEXies from around the globe too and interesting to explore their startup ideas and projects. By far, my favourite thing is always the sense of community that is built alongside the program and the people you get to meet along the way.

What was your funniest moment?
When Jeanette accidentally became the figurehead of "Wakanda Forever" on a frozen Zoom call.



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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.