Introducing The HacKid Conference – Hacking, Networking, Security, Self-Defense, Gaming & Technology for Kids & Their Parents
This is mostly a cross-post from the official HacKid.org website, but I wanted to drive as many eyeballs to it as possible.
The gist of the idea for HacKid (sounds like “hacked,” get it?) came about when I took my three daughters aged 6, 9 and 14 along with me to the Source Security conference in Boston.
It was fantastic to have them engage with my friends, colleagues and audience members as well as ask all sorts of interesting questions regarding the conference.
It was especially gratifying to have them in the audience when I spoke twice. There were times the iPad I gave them was more interesting, however. 😉
The idea really revolves around providing an interactive, hands-on experience for kids and their parents which includes things like:
- Low-impact martial arts/self-defense training
- Online safety (kids and parents!)
- How to deal with CyberBullies
- Gaming competitions
- Introduction to Programming
- Basic to advanced network/application security
- Hacking hardware and software for fun
- Build a netbook
- Make a podcast/vodcast
- Interactive robot building (Lego Mindstorms?)
- Organic snacks and lunches
- Website design/introduction to blogging
- Meet law enforcement
- Meet *real* security researchers 😉
We’re just getting started, but the enthusiasm and offers from volunteers and sponsors has been overwhelming!
If you have additional ideas for cool things to do, let us know via @HacKidCon (Twitter) or better yet, PLEASE go to the Wiki and read about how the community is helping to make HacKid a reality and contribute there!