What is Kids Hack Day?

Kids Hack Day is a global series of free creative tech events for kids. We give kids tools & materials to express their creativity in community with others. Tools that allow kids to be curious and empathetic towards each other and the world around them. We empower kids to take control over their future and not just passively consume what someone else has designed for them. We believe this is what hacking is all about. In February of 2015, we therefore launched Quirkbot, our own hackable toy on Kickstarter. 

Kids Hack Day Stockholm 2013 - Our first event. 

Quirkbot - the main tool for our events.

If you’ve ever pulled apart a computer... a radio... or tried to build a robot, you know that learning about technology isn’t always kid-friendly (or cheap!). You can have messes of wires, small parts, and a difficulty level that makes it tough for a kid to understand. Now imagine trying to teach thirty kids about technology - hands-on and at the same time - without creating a chaotic mess and more confusion than insight. Not the easiest task in the world, right?

Enter Quirkbot. We call it “hackable” for two reasons: It’s both a tool (like a computer) and a material (like wood). You can morph Quirkbot into almost any imaginable shape and easily program it. It’s kind of like intelligent play-doh that does what you tell it to do. (But please, don’t try to taste Quirkbot. While it’s colorful, it’s meant to fit in your hands and not in your mouth). Oh yeah, one more awesome thing - if you want to get your hands on one, Quirkbot is now being produced, sold, and distributed by Strawbees, our main material sponsor, as Strawbees Coding & Robotics kit (that also frees us up to spend more time making sweet Kids Hack Day 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

Previous Team Members

 

Jonathan NYLANDER, Simon & Marzieh Karlsson

Founders KHD Stockholm Hacker Club

 

Sanne bolten

Communication Wiz

ALISSA LORENTZ ARZNER

Co-Founder

DANIEL MASCARENHAS

Co-founder

 

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.