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Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
Associates Bachelors Masters PhD.


What's Included
Activities Classes
Mar 17, 2021
Jul 20, 2020
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About Program

The Great Global Challenge is an exciting five-day experience that will train you to lead and help you stand out in the virtual talent market:

- Collaborate and build relationships with student leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs
- Navigate time zones, use cutting-edge workplace tech, build the teamwork and communication skills you need for international careers
- Learn innovation mindsets, global, interdisciplinary, social and community awareness
- Practice entrepreneurship and innovation frameworks
-Build your network with industry professionals

The challenge 🤔
We challenge you to identify a community, customer segment, or industry that is or will be particularly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Using insight from expert masterclasses; support of global mentors in economics, technology, policy and health; and using real workplace tech, you will research, ideate and create a solution to help this segment bounce back stronger than ever post-crisis.

Program Reviews

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  • Support 4.8
  • Platform 4.4
  • Value 4.8
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Yes, I recommend this program

Best thing I did in quarantine

When I applied for this programme I didn't expect it to be that insightful in how people actually form a startup, what to consider, the processes they go through just to get to the final pitch and doing that just within 5 days seemed impossible to me at first. But we actually did it! It was a lot of hard work but it was a great experience and I enjoyed it so much. My team was absolutely amazing and the HEX members were really supportive. I loved the talks and how the stories spoke to us. At first, I thought I'd be overwhelmed by the task at hand but they gave us great guidance on how to approach everything but still leaving us a lot of things to figure out on our own so we could work independently. I grew a lot through this experience and made lovely friends down under.

What would you improve about this program?
The only problem was that I missed some key zoom calls because they were mainly scheduled for the Australians. But we figure it out as a team and made things work.
47 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Truly empowering and amazing experience

Such an amazing opportunity to learn so many skills from home. Made many friends and learnt so much from industry experts and wisdom from the team at the Hacker Exchange.

The program was jam-packed, in depth and fast paced over the week and was a unique experience. The mentors were helpful, inspiring and genuinely cared.

The project was impactful in terms of innovation, making a difference during the current pandemic, while learning so many applicable skills in the process!

A big thanks to the team and congratulations on such a successful project!

48 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

A Valuable Experience

The Great Global Challenge was both engaging and incredibly rewarding. The experience I gained was invaluable and all those working for the Hacker Exchange were on hand on to help. I got to meet people from all over the world, hear talk from experts and built an app alongside my team in just 5 days! The speed of the programme fuelled everyone's passion and excitement. It was truly an exhilarating an experience that will helped develop skills I know will be useful in future career pursits. I encourage everybody to apply.

49 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Great Global Challenge

I Learnt so much about entrepreneurship and the challenges facing a post-COVID society. It was also a great experience to collaborate with an international team working across different time zones, and tackling the challenges that come with this. I met some amazing people and heard from truly inspiration speakers. I've honestly gained things from this that will probably shape the rest of my life and career. Despite us being scattered around all corners of the globe, HEX somehow made it feel like a close-knit community.

45 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Great job and Thank you!

This is a great event, love the virtual mode and all the guest speakers. The workshops about prototyping and market research were very helpful for a student like me from non-IT/business background, please keep it going.
Involving students from different time zone is definitely a fun thing to do, and I believe this will be the future trend. The intense schedule is a bit unexpected, but the challenging bit of it definitely helps me step out of my comfort zone.
Lastly, all the mentors were helpful and kind! Absolutely learnt a lot from them and build up some new network.

What would you improve about this program?
For improvement, if the schedules can be announced earlier (e.g. 1-2 weeks ahead) so the participants can have more time to arrange the schedules for the week.
And please have more mentor sessions (as they are all booked out 1-2 days forehand.
56 people found this review helpful.

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