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"The skills and people you connected me to made my year so much more rewarding and more successful than I thought possible. What HEX has created is truly special and valuable."

Jack Reeve, HEX 1.0 Alumni

So what's it all about?

The Hacker Exchange connects forward-thinking entrepreneurs to the vibrant and innovative culture of Silicon Valley.

Over two inspiring weeks, you’ll join a select cohort of tertiary students to learn from world-class thought leaders, and work hands-on in a Silicon Valley start-up environment.


HEX 1.1 at the Golden Gate Bridge.

Learn how Silicon Valley became what it is today and demystify its inner workings. We’ll cover lean startup, product design, prototyping and customer intimacy, and tour some inspiring companies.

By the end of this week, you’ll know how to build a truly scalable startup business model, and understand what investors look for in fundable startups.

  • Previous ‘Week 1’ highlights included touring Atlassian and Zendesk, ‘Google Launchpad’ workshop, building iOS and Android image recognition apps, Q&A with a VC.


Visiting Facebook in Menlo Park, CA

Discover the art and science of growth hacking and cutting edge marketing strategies for your startup. Learn how to structure your pitch deck and practice pitching to Silicon Valley investors.

Get an intimate insight to what’s trending in Silicon Valley and how you can stay ahead of the curve.

  • Previous ‘Week 2’ highlights included visiting Stanford University, Eventbrite and Y Combinator, Growth Hacking workshop, all day Pitch coaching, Q&A with a startup CTO.

Throughout the Program…

Anna and Georgia building apps with Thunkable.

We’ll be working from Covo – one of the freshest co-working spaces in the Valley. During these two weeks, you’ll get your hands dirty solving real business problems and iterating on your own startup idea.

You’ll also have direct access to some of the most sought-after mentors in Silicon Valley, and make unforgettable connections with investors, accelerators, founders and professionals from both Australia and the USA.

What does it cost, and what's included?

Program cost

The full cost of the Silicon Valley – Student Innovation Program is $4,950 AUD, including GST.

What is covered? 

The Hacker Exchange Program covers 13 x nights shared accommodation in Downtown San Francisco (with breakfast), all coursework, speakers, instructors, co-working space access, educational tours of accelerators and tech companies, internal transportation (excluding airport pickup/drop-off), at least 3 x lunches, at least 3 x dinners/social events, and continental breakfast daily.

This Program cost does not include air fares.

About your accommodation & social events

Accommodation is included in this cost, and is at a centrally located hostel, rated 4-stars on TripAdvisor. You’ll stay in comfortable dorms, with privacy curtains, central kitchen, lounge and outdoor area. Single / Twin Share accommodation upgrades are available on request.

Weekends and nightlife? We’ll arrange a Welcome Dinner, Farewell Lunch, a Hacker Exchange mentor meetup, and invite you to numerous events – where your attendance is optional but recommended! We’ll also give you a local guide book and plenty of free time to have meetings or explore SF.

What are my payment and funding options?

Due to high demand, we require a 50% deposit upon acceptance to confirm your spot, and the remainder is payable in full 4 weeks prior to departure. Payment plans can be arranged on a case-by-case basis.

Many of our students have successfully accessed OS-HELP support of up to $6,665 AUD, depending on their academic status, residential status, and University’s guidelines. This means you could receive $6,665 AUD prior to departure to use towards your travel costs, which will be rolled into your student loan. Please check with your University Mobility department to see if you are eligible.

Other students have also successfully sought scholarships or partial funding from their faculties / schools, or university accelerators (check with your Uni) or used a crowdfunding platform.

Sounds awesome. How do I apply?

Program dates & deadlines

Summer Semester Break

  • Check in Sun 25 November 2018
  • Program starts Mon 26 November 2018
  • Program concludes Friday 7 December 2018
  • Check out Sat 8 December 2018

Application deadline: 23 September 2018

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