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YALLAH! – You all are hackers.

yallah-headerDuration: since 2016

Sponsorship: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst

Contact person: Konstantin Aal, Marios Mouratidis, Sarah Rüller

YALLAH! – You All Are Hackers is an international exchange program between the University of Siegen (Germany) and Birzeit University (West Bank, Palestine). YALLAH!’s motivation is to offer ten Palestinian and ten German students a twofold exchange experience: on the one hand, you can get in touch with each other, meet new people, visit new places and just have a regular student exchange. On the other hand – and this is where the Hackers come into play – we encourage you to do collaborative projects. The overall theme for these projects is defined rather broadly as social innovation in order to let you freely explore possibilities for innovative and creative project ideas. To achieve your project goals we will support you with various kinds of resources from University, Fab Lab and more.

At the University of Siegen, YALLAH! has been initialized and will be administered by Prof. Dr. Volker Wulf (Information Systems and New Media) and Prof. Dr. Volkmar Pipek (Computer Supported Cooperative Work).

At Birzeit University, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering under supervision of Dr. Iyad Tumar is responsible for the Palestinian part of the exchange.

As you can see, two main exchange phases make up the project, one in Birzeit/Ramallah, one in Siegen. If you sign up for YALLAH!, please note that you sign up for both of them. During your phase as ‘host’, taking part in activities as well as group projects is mandatory. However, this will be much less time-consuming than your role as ‘guests’. If you take part in only one phase without a very good reason, you will have to pay for this phase (even retroactively). That’s only fair – whoever gets to be a guest also should be a good host.

Further information on http://yallah.exchange/



Konstantin Aal, Anne Weibert, Kai Schubert, Mary-Ann Sprenger, Thomas Von Rekowski (2018) come_NET: Connecting Computer Clubs with a Community Platform, Socio-Informatics - A Practice-based Perspective on the Design and Use of IT Artefacts, Volker Wulf, Volkmar Pipek, David Randall, Markus Rohde, Kjeld Schmidt, Gunnar Stevens (ed.), p. 391-420, Oxford University Press, pdf


Anne Weibert, Marios Mouratidis, Renad Khateb, Sarah Rüller, Miriam Hosak, Shpresa Potka, Konstantin Aal, Volker Wulf (2017) Creating Environmental Awareness with Upcycling Making Activities: A Study of Children in Germany and Palestine, Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Interaction Design and Children, p. 286-291, New York, NY, USA: ACM, url, doi:10.1145/3078072.3079732

Oliver Stickel, Konstantin Aal, Verena Fuchsberger, Manfred Tscheligi, Sarah Rüller, Victoria Wenzelmann, Volkmar Pipek, Volker Wulf (2017) 3D printing/digital fabrication for education and the common good Workshop for C&T2017, Workshop at the 8th international conference on Communities and Technologies


Konstantin Aal, Marios Mouratidis, Anne Weibert, Volker Wulf (2016) Challenges of CI Initiatives in a Political Unstable Situation -Case Study of a Computer Club in a Refugee Camp, doi:10.1145/2957276.2996281


Oliver Stickel, Dominik Hornung, Konstantin Aal, Markus Rohde, Volker Wulf (2015) 3D Printing with Marginalized Children - An Exploration in a Palestinian Refugee Camp, ECSCW 2015: Proceedings of the 14th European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 19-23 September 2015, Oslo, Norway, Nina Boulus-Rødje, Gunnar Ellingsen, Tone Bratteteig, Margunn Aanestad, Pernille Bjørn (ed.), p. 83-102, Springer, url, doi:10.1007/978-3-319-20499-4_5

Konstantin Aal, Thomas von Rekowski, George Yerousis, Volker Wulf, Anne Weibert (2015) Bridging (Gender-Related) Barriers: A Comparative Study of Intercultural Computer Clubs, Proceedings of the Third Conference on GenderIT, p. 17-23, New York, NY, USA: ACM, url, doi:10.1145/2807565.2807708

George Yerousis, Konstantin Aal, Thomas von Rekowski, David Randall, Markus Rohde, Volker Wulf (2015) Computer-Enabled Project Spaces: Connecting with Palestinian Refugees across Camp Boundaries, Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI '15 1, p. 3749-3758, New York, New York, USA: ACM Press, url, doi:10.1145/2702123.2702283


Konstantin Aal, George Yerousis, Kai Schubert, Dominik Hornung, Oliver Stickel, Volker Wulf (2014) Come_in@Palestine: Adapting a German Computer Club Concept to a Palestinian Refugee Camp, Proceedings of the 5th ACM International Conference on Collaboration Across Boundaries: Culture, Distance & Technology, p. 111-120, New York, NY, USA: ACM, url, doi:10.1145/2631488.2631498


Volker Wulf, Konstantin Aal, Ibrahim Abu Kteish, Meryem Atam, Kai Schubert, Markus Rohde, George Yerousis, David Randall (2013) Fighting against the wall: Social media use by political activists in a Palestinian village, Proceedings of CHI '13, p. 1979-1988, url, doi:10.1145/2470654.2466262