Program Status


12 APRIL 2020

Program Location

Program Dates
HEX 1.9
: 5-12 JULY 2020

Program Venue

Program cost
$5445 (AUD)
$3900 (USD)
£3000 (GBP)


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



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.






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


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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Get an intimate insight into 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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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 an AUD $500 ($350 USD) deposit paid within 5 business days of your acceptance to the program to confirm your spot.

Many of our participants have successfully accessed student loans, depending on their academic status, residential status, and university’s guidelines. This means you could receive this funding prior to departure to use towards your travel costs. Please check with your university’s study abroad office to see if you are eligible.

Other students have also successfully sought scholarships or partial funding from their faculties / schools, university accelerators, or used a crowdfunding platform.


Global Innovation Program cost

The full cost of the Silicon Valley – Global Innovation Program is 
$5445 (AUD)
$3900 (USD)
£3000 (GBP)

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.

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