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HacKid teaches hacking to kids

HacKid teaches hacking to kids

The HacKid conference aims to engage kids in the art of hacking - in the original sense of the word.

Hacker conferences - where people learn to take apart, modify, and hopefully understand technology at a fundamental level - aren't anything new, the HacKid conference aims to take things to a new level by becoming the first such event aimed at children.

As announced over on Infoworld by one of the event's contributors, the first HacKid event - which takes place in Cambridge, Massachusetts in October - is the result of Chris Holf, the director of cloud and virtualisation solutions as Cisco, attending the Source Boston conference with his kids and finding it "dry and corporate."

Unlike events such as Defcon - which concentrate more on the modern, corrupted meaning of 'hacker' as one who bypasses security both physical and virtual and gains unauthorised access to systems - HacKid will concentrate on engaging kids to learn programming skills with beginner-level languages such as MIT's Scratch, along with sessions demonstrating the marvellous things that can be achieved with robotics including Lego Mindstorm exercises.

Along with these, some more 'traditionally' kid-friendly topics will be on offer, including Internet safety sessions, physical defense workshops, and lessons on how to deal with on-line bullying. There'll also be gaming competitions for brushing up on the all-important reaction times and hand-eye coordination.

The first event will take place on the 8th and 9th of October at the Microsoft New England Research and Development Centre. More information is available on the event's website.

Do you think that a 'hacking' conference aimed specifically at children is a good idea, or should their parents just ship them off to Defcon to learn some serious skills? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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Gunsmith 13th July 2010, 11:18 Quote
forget the kids send the bloody parents, they're the ones who cant use a computer for ****.
eddtox 13th July 2010, 11:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gunsmith
forget the kids send the bloody parents, they're the ones who cant use a computer for ****.

I like your thinking. Still, I think this is a great idea. Hopefully it will go well and cross the pond into the UK before too long. (My baby is going to be a geek !1!11)
Nikols 13th July 2010, 14:29 Quote
..delete..
NickGaens 13th July 2010, 14:38 Quote
What are they going to teach them? How to 1337 hack the top scores of their favorite flash game? Let kids be kids, that's all.
Redbeaver 13th July 2010, 16:00 Quote
im sending my kid in the future for sure.
capnPedro 13th July 2010, 16:01 Quote
Bah, just send 'em to HOPE...
Hurry, though, it's this weekend!
Faulk_Wulf 14th July 2010, 01:47 Quote
Teach them the outdoors, but send them to this too.
This is AWESOME> Hell, *I* almost want to attend.
I think mainstream will pick up "Hackid" and tie it to the "Hacker" term
and it might have some unfortunate backlash,
but name not withstanding, I *love* this idea.
thehippoz 14th July 2010, 01:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gunsmith
forget the kids send the bloody parents, they're the ones who cant use a computer for ****.

lol yeah.. kids don't really need this nowdays anyway
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