Aug 25 2010
Zach Lanier brought up HacKid (pronounced ‘hacked’ I’m told) on the podcast last night and I just realized I haven’t even written a single post on the subject. My friend Chris Hoff, aka @beaker, is one of the key organizers and Zach is on the committee as well, and this looks like it’s going to be the start of something that’s every bet as fresh and original as BSides, except this time it will be kids who are learning, rather than a bunch of angsty security professionals who felt they weren’t being properly represented at Black Hat (I’m teasing, if that isn’t immediately obvious)
My kids are little geeks, similar to many of your kids in all likelihood. They wake up in the morning and hop online or start playing on the DSi, or just pick up a book and read. Their favorite magazines are Make and Science Illustrated. And some fool introduced them to Japanese (is there any other type?) anime a couple of years ago. So a convention aimed at teaching them how the Internet works, how to stay safe online and building robots really appeals to them. Add to it that the convention is happening at the Microsoft NERD center and MIT is just down the street and you’ve got something that budding geeks will find unresistable.
If you’re on the East Coast anywhere near Boston, have kids between the ages of 5 and 17, think about taking them to HacKid in October. Do keep in mind that every young person must be accompanied by an old person (read: adult guardian), but that each of the classes will likely have almost as much to teach the adult as they do the kids. Everything is being done on a volunteer basis and the event is organized as a non-profit, so the money is all going to a good cause. But hurry if you’re going to sign up, the cost goes up from $50 each to $75 next week.