What is Kids Hack Day?

Kids Hack Day is a global series of free creative tech events for kids. We give kids tools to express their creativity, be curious and empathetic towards each other and the world around them. We empower kids to take control over their own future and not just passively consume what someone else has designed for them. We believe this is what hacking is all about so in february 2015 we launched our own hackable toy on kickstarter. We call it Quirkbot and it's a toy to make toys. It's also the perfect material for your local Kids Hack Day event. 

The worlds first Kids Hack Day Event

Making technology "hackable"

During the first 6 months since Kids Hack Day's inception we as organizers were constantly battling with a limited budget and pedagogical challenges with the material we were using. We also constantly had to deal with the beautiful but practically challenging creative chaos and complete mess that is normally generated when working with kids, hardware and free creative building. We therefore developed our own material, Quirkbot, which aims to solve these problems. We say it's "hackable" because it uses technology not just as a mere tool (e.g. computer) but also turns it into a creative material (e.g. wood). Quirkbot is designed to morph into any shape and form and can easily be reprogrammed. Just think reprogrammable play-doh, if such a thing ever existed. Quirkbot is now being produced, sold and distributed by our main material sponsor Strawbees so we can once again focus on making awesome events.

Quirkbot as seen on kickstarter

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San José

The capital city of Costa Rica was taken over by mini hackers

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Amsterdam

The first time our robots invaded the Netherlands

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Curitiba

Our robots didn't play football but they amazed Brasil

Team Members

CARL BÄRSTAD

Co-founder, Lead instigator

GREG CARNIEL

Co-founder, Global Brand Manager

Johanna nordin

Head of partnerships

Paulo Barcelos

Co-founder, Developer

MURILO POLESE

Content developer & Educator

Madeleine Harju

KHDStockholm coordinator

 

Previous Team Members

ALISSA LORENTS

Co-Founder

Jonathan, Simon & Marzieh

Founders KHD Stockholm Hacker Club

DANIEL MASCARENHAS

Co-founder

Sanne bolten

Communication Wiz

 

Our Beginning

Inspired by the global hackerspace movement and the lack of technology-related play and creativity in the classroom, Kids Hack Day is a means of closing the gap between education and technological creativity. We aim to revolutionize how we immerse children in emerging technologies.

Kids Hack Day is a 1-day event format where children and adults come together to "hack" and make new uses of every day items and new technologies.  

The idea sprung out of a first series of workshops run by lead instigator and former TEDxStockholm organizer Carl Bärstad under the name Hackerspace In A Box as an attempt to strengthen the collaboration between schools and local hackerspaces in the region.