Program Status

Applications
OPEN


Deadline
1 September 2019

Program Location
San Francisco, CA


Program Dates

HEX 1.8: 1 – 14 December 2019

HEX 1.9: 8 – 21 December 2019

Program Venue
Covo, SF


Global Innovation Program cost

$4,950 AUD + GST.

 

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

WHAT IS THE SILICON VALLEY GLOBAL INNOVATION PROGRAM?

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Home to some of the biggest tech giants, such as Google, LinkedIn and Atlassian, it is no surprise Silicon Valley holds the reputation of a global tech startup hub. Immerse yourself in the vibrant and innovative culture, connect with forward thinking entrepreneurs, network like a boss with investors and talk over coffee with experienced founders.

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.

Throughout the Silicon Valley Global Innovation Program…

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 sought-after mentors, and make unforgettable connections with investors, accelerators, founders and professionals from both Australia and the USA.

You can view a sample program agenda here.

 

 

THE PROGRAM

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BEFORE THE PROGRAM

To apply for the program, you are encouraged to have an early-stage business idea or concept - or identify a problem you’d like to solve. Practical workshops and mentor sessions will guide you through the ideation process and exploratory phase so you’re ready to pitch. 

WEEK 1 

Learn about why so many tech founders choose Silicon Valley as their home base, and learn the inner workings of US business culture. 

Some of the highlights of Week 1 include:

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WEEK 2

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

Some of the highlights of Week 2 include: 

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES

 
 
 

Accommodation &
Social Events

Accommodation is included, and is at a centrally located hostel, rated 4-stars on TripAdvisor. You’ll stay in shared accommodation, with privacy curtains, central kitchen, lounge and outdoor area.

Single accommodation upgrades are available on request.

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.

 

Payment and Funding Options

Due to high demand, we require a $500 deposit paid within 5 business days of your acceptance to the program to confirm your spot.

The remainder is payable in full 6 weeks prior to departure.

Many of our Australian students have successfully accessed financial support of over to $6,600+ AUD, depending on their academic status, residential status, and University’s guidelines. 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.


Cost

Global Innovation Program cost

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

What is covered? 

The Hacker Exchange program fee includes all interactive workshops, coursework, speakers, instructors, mentor office hours, co-working space access, educational tours of accelerators and tech companies, 13 x night accommodation, daily continental breakfast, welcome & farewell dinners.

This Program cost does not include air fares.


Interested in joining our next Silicon Valley Global Innovation Program?