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  • Locations: Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Program Terms: Summer (Dec - Feb)
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  • Restrictions: Sydney applicants only
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Program Details:
Program Description:


Hacker Exchange - Immersive Innovation Program in Tel Aviv

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Program dates: 3 February 2019 - 16 February 2019
Application deadline: 2 December 2018
Duration: 2 weeks

The Hacker Exchange aims to connect the next generation of Aussie entrepreneurs and leaders with the opportunities, passion & networks that can only be found in the innovation capitals of the world. This trip is designed for undergrad or post-grad tertiary student with an insatiable curiosity and an entrepreneurial drive to turn your business idea into reality. Join them for two inspiring weeks in Tel Aviv where you’ll learn from industry experts in the field.

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With gorgeous beaches, a bustling urban centre, and some of the coolest startups on the planet, Tel Aviv is consistently ranked within the Top 3 startup ecosystems in the world!
Explore this youthful, vibrant ecosystem, see innovations beyond your imagination, and work on your own startup concept. You’ll be  surrounded by founders, innovators and rule breakers, sharpen your skills and mindset, meet investors, tour leading tech companies, and polish your vision & pitch.

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Academic Information

Language: Classes are instructed in English.
Relevant subject areas: Business.
Academic credit: The Hacker Exchange is a not-for-credit program, meaning it is for professional development only & will not be approved for academic credit.

Topics Covered
1. Learning the Startup mindset in a Tel Aviv co-working space
2. Funding and Finance (Business models & fundraising)
3. Product Validation
4. Branding & Culture
5. Growth Hacking
7. Pitch workshop
8. Finding your CTO
9. Site visits to prominent companies in Tel Aviv

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Useful Information 

Local overview
Tel Aviv, a city on Israel’s Mediterranean coast, is marked by stark 1930s Bauhaus buildings, thousands of which are clustered in the White City architectural area. Museums include Beit Hatfutsot, whose multimedia exhibits illustrate the history of Jewish communities worldwide. The Eretz Israel Museum covers the country’s archaeology, folklore and crafts, and features an on-site excavation of 12th-century-B.C. ruins.

According to the 2018 Global Startup Ecosystem Report, Tel Aviv has the highest number of startups per capita in the world, and the highest investment of GDP in research and development (R&D). It’s also one of the top-performing cities for global connections and global market reach, and has been highlighted by Compass and Fortune magazine as one of the best places in the world to start a business.

The Hacker Exchange Program Fee covers 13 x nights shared accommodation in downtown Tel Aviv.

Single accommodation upgrades are available on request.

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This is a non-exchange program and all fees are paid to the Hacker Exchange.

Program fee: $4950 AUD

Program fee inclusions: The Hacker Exchange Program Fee covers 13 x nights shared accommodation in downtown Tel Aviv, 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 breakfast daily.

Travel insurance: If you are approved by the University of Sydney to participate in this program you will be covered by the University's Student Travel Insurance Policy. This is a complementary policy to cover you for the duration of your University of Sydney mobility experience. Please refer to the Audit and Risk Management website for all travel insurance queries.
Other costs: Flights, visa, some meals, other travel expenses.

Cost of living: Follow this link to find out more about the cost of living in San Francisco.
OS-HELP loans may be available to eligible students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, where the program is approved for credit prior to departure. Application required.

How to Apply

It is important that you understand the requirements and structure of your course (and major/s) to ensure that you select overseas programs that can transfer back to your degree. To help understand your course structure, you should consult the Faculty Handbook published in the year in which you commenced your course (eg. if you began a Bachelor of Commerce in 2016, you should look at the Business School Undergraduate Handbook from 2016). Pre-2017 Handbooks can be found in the handbook archive.

Example application timeline

1. Select your program > 2. Apply for academic credit > 3. Complete Sydney Abroad application ('Apply now' below) > 4. Apply to host university > 5. Receive academic approval & host acceptance(October/November) > 6. Apply for OS HELP (if eligible), book flights & visa > 7. Fly safe!

Receiving your academic credit approval can take up to 8 weeks – so it’s very important that you submit your application for academic credit to your faculty as soon as soon as you have selected your program of choice.

Note: The Sydney Abroad application requires that you upload a copy of your current passport and the outcome of your academic credit request. If you do not have these available to you now you can save your application and upload them later.

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