HacKid, a non-profit organization created to inspire interest and understanding of technology among kids and parents, today announced its inaugural namesake event set for Oct. 9-10 in Cambridge, Mass.
Online PR News – 27-September-2010 – – CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – HacKid, a non-profit organization created to inspire interest and understanding of technology among kids and parents, today announced its inaugural namesake event set for Oct. 9-10 in Cambridge, Mass.
Coinciding with National Cyber Security Awareness Month and offering an interactive, hands-on experience of the physical and the logical, the inaugural HacKid conference will provide opportunities for children and parents to learn about:
• Online safety and cyberbullying (featuring (ISC)2®’s Safe and Secure Online program)
• Making a podcast/vodcast
• Physical security
• Gaming competitions
• Interactive robot building
• How the Internet works
• Food hacking
• Basic to advanced network/application security
• Website design and introduction to blogging
• Manipulating hardware and software for fun
• Meeting and interacting with law enforcement
• Building a netbook
• Low-impact martial arts/self-defense training
• and much more
Chris Hoff, lead organizer, founder and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®), created the HacKid organization and conference to restore the positive – and legal – meaning of the word hack.
Hoff said, “While the word ‘hack’ often has negative connotations today, hacking was originally about using your wits, creativity and knowledge to solve problems and have fun.”
“The HacKid conference will hopefully spark kids’ enthusiasm for technology, as well as introduce them to ways that they can stay safe both online and offline.”
The conference is open to kids ages 5-17, and a parent or legal guardian is required to be present. Cost for the two days (with lunch included) is $75 per person, adult or child. For more information about HacKid and the HacKid conference, please visit the HacKid wiki page or website and connect on Facebook and Twitter.