In 2013 I took on the role as instigator of Kids Hack Day Sydney, a hands-on day-long workshop giving kids the skills they need to make technology, not just consume it.
I met Carl Bärstad, the founder of Kids Hack Day, at TEDActive in 2013. Carl has developed a network of people interested in education, technology and innovation in cities all over the world, who are all volunteering to host Kids Hack Days in their cities. Like me, most of the event hosts are TEDx organisers, and cities on board include Bogota, Beijing, Kampala and San Francisco.
The goal is to present a free, one-day event for kids aged between 10-12, giving them an hands-on experience immersed in emerging technologies. Thinkspace at the Powerhouse Museum have come on board as our venue partner for the Sydney event, scheduled for December 7. Thinkspace is a great partner for us as we want to introduce kids to a venue they can return to and continue their learning journey, and we plan to use their video conferencing facilities to connect with other kids around the world who have also experienced a KHD workshop - allowing Sydney kids to meet and learn from their peers and feel part of a bigger movement.
Carl's KHD Stockholm team have released this great video summary of the program and their event (on Aug 31), which will give you an idea of the nature of the event: