YALLAH – call for application

Tanja Ertl

Research Exchange/Hackathon YALLAH! – You All Are Hackers

YALLAH! – You All Are Hackers is an academic research hackathon, organized by the University of Siegen (Germany) and Birzeit University (West Bank, Palestine), funded by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) as part of the program “Higher Academic Dialogue with the Islamic World”.

YALLAH!’s motivation is to enable multi-national, intercultural collaboration on social innovation. You will assess social issues with a grounded approach, explore the field with creative, innovative and ethnographic methods. You will work in a small team on a project of your choice, hence applying methodology and working closely with partners in each area.

In the course of this exchange, ten students of each university will have the chance to participate in two four-week exchange periods.

Who can apply?

YALLAH! is open for all courses of study. Bachelor/Master/PhD students are welcome Project Areas 2018

# Mobile Maker Space
# VR Experience
# Computer Club in Al-Amari Refugee Camp
(For further information: http://yallah.exchange/project-areas-2018/)


A first one week hackathon to prepare you for the main exchange phases will take place in late spring 2018 for each universities’ students separately. The first main phase of the exchange, Palestinian students visiting Germany will take place in August 2018.

The second phase of the exchange, German students visiting Palestine will take place end of September to end of October 2018. Please visit http://yallah.exchange/whatis-yallah/ for further information.

How to apply

Please visit http://www.yallah.exchange/how-to-apply/ for further information on how to apply for the program.

What you will get

• A great time while working on cool projects with awesome people
• Funding for your living, travel expenses and your projects
• The opportunity to publish research papers and to get academic credit
• The opportunity to find new international partners
• A participation certificate and internship certificate

Information Event

There will be an information event at University of Siegen on Thursday, November 9th at 6 pm at US-D 207 (altes Stadtkrankenhaus). Address: Kohlbettstr. 15, 57072 Siegen. In the meantime, you are welcome to contact us if you have any questions.

Application Deadlines

There will be three rounds of application. Please note, that your chances are better if you submit early and that these are hard deadlines. Since we only have 10 slots, it’s possible that they are already filled after the first round.

• Round #1 deadline until November 15th 2017, 23.59 pm CET.
• Round #2 deadline until November 30th 2017, 23.59 pm CET.
• Round #3 deadline until December 10th 2017, 23.59 pm CET.

YALLAH! is administered by Prof. Dr. Volker Wulf (Information Systems and New Media), University of Siegen and Prof. Dr. Iyad Tumar (Dpt. of Electrical and Computer Engineering), Birzeit University.