A 1-week summer camp
to get started coding.
July 2019 · Grades 8–12 · San Francisco, CA
Applications are now closed!
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.
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:
A teenager in our community built the website you’re reading from scratch. The first day, it’ll be your turn.
Radios are the basis of Wi-Fi & satellites. You’ll build one yourself—but with a pencil, razor blade, & copper wire.
Making a game is a great intro to code, and it’s never been easier. You’ll go home with your own 3D world.
What are we doing today?
Let’s build something awesome together.
Progress resumes on incredible stuff.
Woah, you built that today??
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.
Hack Camp attendee, 2016
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 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 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 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.
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.
Hack Club is born
First Hack Camp in SF
SF Hack Camp v2
A Camp appears in Mason, OH
Camp runs again in Mason
A Camp appears in Kerala, India
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.
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.
Camp leader, ASIET ’21
We’re running Hack Camp right at our office in San Francisco (576 Natoma St). Here’s the space.
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
Need-based financial aid is available for Hack Camp after you apply.
Lunch is! We’ll serve a healthy lunch & snacks every day at Camp.
Perfect! You’ll be up to speed in no time. We made this with beginners in mind.
We will cover lots of stuff you don’t know yet—I guarantee it!
A laptop and an open mind. We can help with the laptop. The mind thing is on you.
About 15 students each. We’re shooting for a 5:1 student-to-instructor ratio.
Sadly we can’t offer official housing, but you’re welcome to find your own & come!
Please reach out! We can be reached anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.