Let’s face it. Hacking doesn’t have the best reputation in the media. PR stunts by hacker groups like Anonymous that make international news don’t necessarily help with this general outlook. But contrary to popular belief, hacking is actually a good thing.
Geeks that checked out last year’s Hackathon know that hacking isn’t about taking down popular websites and wreaking havoc on the Internet as much as possible. Hacking is all about working with what you have to achieve a certain goal, stitching together ideas until a final viable product is achieved. Hacking is a vital part of today’s culture.
This year at Geekend we’ll be hearing about all this and more from our keynote speaker Kevin Curry, Program Director with Code for America! In his “Hacking As A Civic Duty” talk, we’ll hear about his experiences working with the Code for America Brigade, a community engagement program, along with insight that illuminates the positive things that the hacker community can achieve.
We hope you’ll leave ready to leverage your many talents for the greater good. Prepare to be inspired!