hkrdenA year-round initiative designed for youth to safely explore topics such as ethical hacking, cybersecurity, 3D printing, coding, augmented and virtual reality in a fun, supportive and engaging environment. Our primary focus is to provide a space and build a community for youth with interests in emerging technologies that allows them to discover, interact, collaborate and share ideas. Reserve Your Spot
What Is a Hacker?
What is a hacker? The standard definition presents a mythological outlaw from the edges of society, plying forbidden knowledge to alter IT systems and plunder data from the ignorant. This definition, built on the fashionable ignorance and mistrust of technology, characterizes hacking as techno-witchcraft which is both hard and dangerous to know. The truth is that hackers are everywhere. Every human being has the capacity to hack, and most have done so without realizing it. Hacking is in our DNA. It is expressed in our innate desire to improve our circumstances by taking control of the phenomena and systems that surround us. Computers are simply the latest, and most sophisticated, system on which we have turned this innate power. hkrden was founded to mentor youth on the responsible use of this power, while also allowing them to explore and master the new technologies that will define their future. hkrden is a safe place to develop skills, sate curiosity about technology, and get mentorship from those who have seen the impacts of hacking from both sides of the law.
What is hkrden?
Hkrden is a year-round initiative designed for youth to safely explore topics such as ethical hacking, cybersecurity, 3D printing, coding, augmented and virtual reality in a fun, supportive and engaging environment. Our primary focus is to provide a space and build a community for youth with interests in emerging technologies that allows them to discover, interact, collaborate and share ideas.
The inaugural program that consists of 4 initial sessions begins in February 2022 and introduces participants to the fundamentals of cybersecurity, what it means to be an ethical hacker, and current trends in emerging technologies. All students will build a functional pwnagotchi running on a Raspberry Pi that uses AI to learn from its surrounding WIFI environment.
Unit 1 - Hacking and Cybersecurity
- Cybersecurity Basics
- What is a Hacker?
- Ethical Hacking and what that means?
- Legal implications of hacking
- Wifi Security and Protection
Unit 2 - Making (and breaking) the Machine
- Machine learning – What is it and how does it work
- How information can be gathered through Wifi
- How does Pwnagotchi work?
- Kit pieces and assembly
Unit 3 - The Art of Good Pwnage
- Programming a pwnatotchi
- Where does the data go?
- How to document data and results
- Prepare for experiment
Unit 4 - Sharing and Disclosure
- Share results
- What surprised you?
- What is your role with this new information?
- How can you help others?
- Next steps and career paths
The first cohort of hkrden will be starting on February 15 and will run on Tuesday nights from 4:30-6:00 P.M.
Dates: February 15th, February 22th, March 1st, March 8th.
Location: 438 11th Ave SE Calgary, AB
Ages: Teenagers (13-18)
Have questions? Get in touch with our team.