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.”


UPDATE 6/2015: HacKid 2015 was originally scheduled for September 12-13, 2015 in San Jose, CA at the San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation.  However, my family and I are moving to North Carolina this month and that means that due to logistics, 1.5 tons of equipment storage issues and timing with a new job, that we won’t be able to host HacKid in San Jose this September.

I apologize for the sad news, but we will be working hard to bring another show to life soon.

Check out the 2014 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 previous 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)