Hack Camp

A 1-week summer camp
to get started coding.

July 2019 · Grades 8–12 · San Francisco, CA

Apply by June 15th for $50 off!

Welcome to Hackerland

Welcome to

Hackerland

Create anything you can imagine with code, electronics, 3D models, and more.

Computers give us superpowers. Anyone, anywhere, can create beautiful things and solve real problems for people everywhere.

Learning to code is your way into this world. Crossing this bridge unlocks the power to make stories, drawings, or wires into websites, games, robots, and things nobody but you imagine.

It’s not about learning a programming framework—it’s about learning to teach yourself. Best of all, you can join a worldwide community of people doing the same. This is Hacker Culture, & it brings out the best in us all.

Just to be clear: we don’t break in to internet banks. Some hackers specialize in cybersecurity; we’re not especially focused on it.

Activities

Camp is all about building.

Every day at Hack Camp you’ll go home with a new finished project. We want some projects to be a surprise, but here are a few you’ll certainly tackle:

Your First Website

A teenager in our community built the website you’re reading from scratch. The first day, it’ll be your turn.

Your First Radio

Radios are the basis of Wi-Fi & satellites. You’ll build one yourself—but with a pencil, razor blade, & copper wire.

Your First Game

Making a game is a great intro to code, and it’s never been easier. You’ll go home with your own 3D world.

A day in the life

  1. 9:00am

    Morning discussion

    What are we doing today?

  2. 10:00am

    Morning workshop

    Let’s build something awesome together.

  3. 12:00pm

    Lunch

  4. 1:00pm

    Afternoon workshop

    Progress resumes on incredible stuff.

  5. 3:00pm

    Project demos

    Woah, you built that today??

  6. 4:00pm

    Camp dismissed

Hack Camp was the single factor that completely shifted my view of CS. I met an unbelievably accepting & kind community of creators & learners that introduced me to an entirely novel approach to hacking, changing not just the way I regard technology, but the way I approach the world at large.

Connie Liu, San Francisco

Hack Camp attendee, 2016

About Us

Hack Club is a worldwide network of coding clubs.

We’re Hack Club, a global nonprofit network of high school coding clubs (now in 2% of US high schools). Hack Camp has been a part of Hack Club since the beginning. It’s a great way for us to try out the best ideas from our community, develop curriculum, and stay sharp as teachers. We also just love doing it!

Fernanda Lozano

Fernanda Lozano

she/her

Fernanda is a student of computational neuroscience, entrepreneur, and organizer with years of experience running events and programs like the Entrepreneurial Learning Academy for students in Mexico. This summer, she’ll run Hack Camp’s logistics and be your primary contact.

Mingjie Jiang

Mingjie Jiang

he/him

Mingjie is a student organizer who has spread his passion for technology to thousands of other students through events like Hack Chicago, CodeDay, and his own Hack Club. This summer he’s working with club leaders around the world to build the ultimate curriculum.

Chris Walker

Chris Walker

he/him

Chris is an all-around hacker enthusiast passionate about building video games, websites, radios, furniture, rockets, fire sculptures, communities, and more! He will be leading Hack Camp’s workshops, designing hardware projects, and directing the day-to-day experience.

A brief history of Hack Camp

Hack Camp began as an experiment to discover new ways of teaching coding at our clubs around the world.



After our first year, something incredible happened—our students began running their own camps! They’ve sprung up in a suburb of Cincinnati & Southern India.

This was so inspiring to watch that we’re following their lead to bring Hack Camp back in 2019.


2015

Hack Club is born

2015

First Hack Camp in SF

2016

SF Hack Camp v2

2017

A Camp appears in Mason, OH

2018

Camp runs again in Mason

2018

A Camp appears in Kerala, India

2019

Hack Camp returns to HQ!

Hack Camp is a chance for young students to discover their ability to build using code. Your youth is the most defining time of your life, and Hack Camp helped us reach out to students around the community to expose them to the most beautiful, empowering parts of technology.

Megan Cui, Mason, OH

Camp leader, Harvard ’23

I was worried campers might lose interest since coding was new to them. But when we got them started, they blew us away. They started learning by themselves during the camp and built things we never taught them.

Athul Blesson, Kerala, India

Camp leader, ASIET ’21

Welcome to Hack Club HQ.

We’re running Hack Camp right at our office in San Francisco (576 Natoma St). Here’s the space.

Logistics

3 sessions. Pick yours.

We’re running three identical weeks of Hack Camp. Join us July 1–5th, 15–19th, or July 29th–August 2nd. Camp runs 9am–4pm (weekdays).

Apply now

July 2019

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Tuition is $650.

Need-based financial aid is available for Hack Camp after you apply.

What food is included?

Lunch is! We’ll serve a healthy lunch & snacks every day at Camp.

I know nothing about code!

Perfect! You’ll be up to speed in no time. We made this with beginners in mind.

What if I can already code?

We will cover lots of stuff you don’t know yet—I guarantee it!

What do I need to bring?

A laptop and an open mind. We can help with the laptop. The mind thing is on you.

How big is each session?

About 15 students each. We’re shooting for a 5:1 student-to-instructor ratio.

I’m not from the Bay Area…

Sadly we can’t offer official housing, but you’re welcome to find your own & come!

Have any questions?

Please reach out! We can be reached anytime at summer@hackclub.com.