Hackers For Charity Projects
Education and Training
As hackers, we believe that knowledge is power, and one of the best ways to empower those in need is to provide free educational resources and distinct learning paths.
We have worked for nearly a decade with several trusted partners to produce educational solutions that allow anyone, regardless of age, skill or internet connectivity access to quality job skill and technical resources.
These projects include offline education initiatives, security awareness training, computer training classrooms and centers, and STEAM and Maker Training Initiatives.
Disaster Response and Relief
Hackers have donated their skills and resources to disaster relief for decades, often jumping in well before larger organizations can mobilize. We are agile, natural problem solvers with high-tech skills in many areas of technology well-suited to disaster response.
As we’ve organized, we’ve learned a thing or two about what works in disaster response and relief scenarios.
“Hacker” is not synonymous with “criminal”. The overwhelming majority of us are security professionals securing the resources you depend on every day. We are active members of our local communities and once word gets out that we are “computer people” we help our neighbors with our technical expertise as we troubleshoot and repair their tech gear and network setups.
As individuals, we frequently serve our communities in small ways, but as a group, we engage in community service on a larger scale.
We have performed community service projects worldwide. To get involved or learn more, join our community.
Our leather program started as a simple idea to provide job skills to Ugandans that had lost everything in a local village fire. Thanks to the support of the hacker community, we raised enough money to provide food for the victims and rebuild their homes. As donations continued to come in, we realized that our rebuild hadn’t helped long-term since many of the victims didn’t have jobs or skills.
Johnny and Jen used remaining donation money to purchase tools and equipment and they learned leather crafting using materials from a local tannery that had been exporting its leather. Eventually they learned enough to begin teaching and the program grew from there. The program is still in operation today. Read more about our program here.
Peter landed a job after getting free training from our CTC. But he served as a volunteer instructor in the CTC for eight months! He lost his job after the company went bankrupt and he's still volunteering!
Awesome news from the HFC Hackerspace, reported by Michelle from the Just Cause Uganda Blog. Yesterday we spent the morning out at St. Mathius Kalemba Secondary School, home of our [...]
There's no running water and no power at Nanso Primary School on a tiny island in Lake Victoria in Uganda, East Africa. However, there are lots of eager students who have [...]
At 19, Jackline has the passion and talent to be a computer instructor.. if we can raise the money to bring her on board.
Awesome news from the HFC Hackerspace, reported by Michelle from the Just Cause Uganda Blog. We spent the better part of Tuesday morning on a traffic ridden drive to [...]
Awesome news from the HFC Hackerspace, reported by Michelle from the Just Cause Uganda Blog. The last two years our students at the Hackerspace have attempted to build a drone [...]