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.

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.

Project Coordination

Marios Mouratidis, University of Siegen, Information Systems and New Media
Sarah Rüller, University of Siegen, Information Systems and New Media
Konstantin Aal, University of Siegen, Information Systems and New Media
Dr. Iyad Tumar, University of Birzeit, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Following infographic is from 2017 and will be updated soon accordingly, however take it as a possible roadmap of next years’ program.

The first phase of the exchange, the German students visiting Palestine will take place in spring 2018 (sometime around March-May).
The second phase of the exchange, Palestinian students visiting Germany will take place will take place in summer 2018 (sometime around July-September).
We cannot determine the exact time right now, since we do not know when semesters in Birzeit start and end exactly.

Academic Credit

For students in Business Informatics (Wirtschaftsinformatik) and Human Computer Information, participation in YALLAH! can be counted as an internship (Praktikum) according to the curriculum. Students from other studies will get an internship certificate nonetheless, regarding academic credit though should be discussed with the respective advisors or examination boards. We will do our best to support you in the process.

Your work can be counted as bachelor and master projects and thesis as well. Please see the project areas that we will be working on.
We are working hard to be able to also offer Credit Points. Depending on your course of study and the amount of Credit Points you need, the academic attainment might vary from having several presentations or writing a term paper. But this will be discussed individually.