Welcome To HacKid!

Kids are our future, why not give them that spark that will set them on a journey that only “hacking” can inspire?

“Hacking” is the word our community chooses to use to describe creative, fun and innovative ways of exploring problem solving.

HacKid is a new kind of conference focused on providing an interactive, hands-on experience for the entire family— kids aged 5-17 & their parents — in order to raise awareness, excitement and understanding of technology, gaming, mathematics, safety, privacy, networking, security and engineering and their impact on society and culture.  We focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) enablement.

We enjoy a fantastic mix of racial, gender and cultural diversity that reflects our community of amazing kids and we love raising the next generation of “Hackers.”

Planning for HacKid 2015 is under way…please stay tuned for dates and details!

Our 2014 event was held April 19/20th in San Jose, CA at the San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation!   Check out the past agenda/schedule by clicking here or on the “Event Schedule” menu link above. 

The idea for the conference revolves around providing an interactive, hands-on experience for kids and their parents which includes things like:

  • Staying Safe Online
  • Dealing with CyberBullies
  • Robotics
  • Online gaming safety
  • Building Medieval Trebuchets
  • Interactive robot building
  • How the Internet works
  • Food Hacking
  • Computerized Lego Derby racing
  • Manipulating hardware and software for fun
  • Low-impact martial arts/self-defense & anti-bullying techniques
  • 3D Printing
  • Learning to program in Scratch & Python
  • …and much more!

The format of our conference is really interesting. Unlike a traditional conference where a call for papers is issued, or a completely unstructured “un-conference,” we mix advisory board recommendations with a crowd-sourced concept based on interesting submissions.

If you have additional ideas for cool things to do, let us know via [Twitter] @HacKidCon, [email]hackid@hackid.org[/email]  You can also find us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/HacKidConference

Please note: There is one required parent or legal guardian per party/group of children who must be present for the entire duration of the event that your children are present.  This is non-negotiable.

Thanks so very much to our generous sponsors: Juniper Networks, Kaspersky Labs, Wickr, and No Starch Press!  Without you, this would not be possible.


* Please note: HacKid is a registered California non-profit corporation. Our Federal 501(c)(3) status in process.  100% of HacKid sponsorship/admission proceeds are fed back into building a great set of conferences, investing in necessary infrastructure and operating expenses.

Contact us at: hackid@hackid.org (email,) @hackidcon (twitter,) or https://www.facebook.com/HacKidConference (Facebook)