What’s YALLAH!?

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) the program “Higher Academic Dialogue with the Islamic World”.

YALLAH’s motivation is to enable multi-national, intercultural collaboration on social innovation. The participants will assess social issues with a grounded approach, will learn about field exploration and creative, ethnographic and innovative methods. Small teams will work on projects, hence applying methodology and will work closely with partners in each area.

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Projects So Far

Hal Tafhamni?

Hal Tafhamni? Do you understand me?
Raising awareness for deaf people through guerrilla marketing.

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Amari Computer Club

Re-opening a computer club for children in Amari Refugee Camp, rebooting weekly club activity. Teaching electronics, story telling and more.

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Edible Spoons to Avoid Plastic

Experimenting with society and crunchy dough recipes and baking, 3D printing and building a silicon mold.

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Interactive Map

Workshops with refugees, teaching digital literacy, collecting POIs to support newcoming refugees in Germany. Grounding research in nett.werkzeug.

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Amal: A Point & Click Adventure

Amal tells the story of a young refugee girl, living in Amari Refugee Camp. It offers insights into the culture of Palestinian refugee society.

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Urban Gardening

Re-using spaces, teaching about responsibility and self-sustainability, hence empowering children in Palestine and Syrian refugees in Germany.

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Projects 2018

What we are going to do next!

Mobile Maker Space

Makerspaces offer room for collaborative work, making, learning, exploring and sharing. The problem though: it‘s physical a space, inside a building.

How can people access such spaces when living in remote areas where transportation can be problematic? Especially in the context of Palestine?

VR Experience

Due to the political situation, some Palestinians living outside of Palestine are struggling to visit the West Bank. Imagine you could a visit place without the need of thinking about long travels or political borders.

Explore if or how VR tech can help promote audio-visual experiences and culture across various borders?

Al Amari Computer Club

Al Amari is a Palestinian refugee camp in Ramallah. We have a Computer Club there.

Design, conduct and document a paralell workshop series in a German Club and Amari Club.


A diary of the students' experiences.
Yallah 2017

Day 7-8 in Germany

Post by Rand Monday 7th of August The refugees group held a meeting at 10:00 am, the members of the group were sharing their thoughts and ideas about the projects (Humans of Siegen), the positives Read more…

Yallah 2017

Day 4-6 in Germany

Post by Ziad August 4 2017: FRIDAY On this day, we did our first meeting with the foodsharing community in Siegen. They gave us a small introduction of what foodsharing and the main purpose of Read more…

Get in Touch


Find us at the office

University of Siegen, Kohlbettstr. 15, 57072 Siegen, Room US-E 101.


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Secretaries' Office

Marietta Krenzer-Gräb 
+49 271 740-4036

Questions? Drop us an email!