Hack The Future is hackerspace mentoring for young future hackers!
- Are you a smart young person aged 10-19?
- Would you like to learn how to make amazing things with computers, electronics, technology and entrepreneurship?
- Would you like to meet mentors who can answer your questions and help you one-on-one to learn how to accomplish epic projects?
- Are you an adult technologist who would like to mentor and teach young people?
Learning Unity3D with Primer Labs Cofounders through Code Hero
Primer Labs cofounder Alex Peake is a cofounding organizer of Hack The Future and Primer Labs team members have taught over a hundred young future hackers computer game programming in Unity3D through a combination of Code Hero and hands-on instruction and mentorship.
Kids Demoing their first games
These kids are showing games they made during their first day at Hack The Future.
Kids receive hands-on mentoring
At Hack the Future, kids get to work on their own projects and ask questions of mentors who help them out. Many kids also become mentors to each other, showing how to do things they've figured out and sharing their creations with each other.
Students constantly surprise us!
This student took the basic coin tutorial and decided to make it procedural to generate a random world full of hundreds of coin platform prefabs.
About The Events
For Willie Yee, 12, the event is like Christmas in May; it's the reason he signed up so quickly. "I like programming," says the San Jose 7th grader. "But I really want to learn more complex commands for some programming languages."
Hack the Future is fashioned on SuperHappyDevHouse, where the wunderkinds who fancy creation over computer cracking talk tech, swap blue-sky ideas and collaborate to come up with "the next big thing." Hack the Future is a one-day party and hackathon for youth in grades 5-12, to show them what it's like to be a hacker and see if it's for them.
The mentors don't tell students what to do, but provide a variety of starting points and suggestions for how the students can direct their own learning in technology. Students are free to work on whatever they want. Mentors keep students from getting stuck, and show the way forward when they can't find it.
The idea to gather youngsters for an all-day techie confab was a no-brainer, says Joe Mathes, startup engineer and Hack the Future co-creator. "This is the first chance many kids will have to enter the exciting, advancing field of technology. Programming is literacy. To be great, you have to start when you're young, and you have to learn it from a native speaker," Mathes says. "So, as professionals on the cutting edge, we wanted to teach what we know straight from the front lines."
And if Mathes has his way, he'd like to keep delivering presents. He has big plans to make "Hack the Future" a recurring event, one that might even spawn a hacker space for youth around the Bay Area, across the country and abroad. "I expect we'll take some kids who have the creative spark to start hacking the future, and we'll show them how to continue teaching themselves through the rest of their lives," he says.
Al Alcorn, creator of Pong, teaches kids solder hacking skills he used to wire wrap the first hit video game.