Hacker Academy @ White Plains Library

Updated: August 1, 2013

Many professionals in the tech industry got their start at an early age, developing a passion for tech playing around with computers at home. The White Plains Library in New York State, who are currently using an APC 8750 to power one of their OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) terminals, have been running the summer program "Hacker Academy: How to Create and Program Your Own Computer"  in an attempt to introduce teens to some of the basics in hacking and inspire a new generation of programming enthusiasts.

The program, which is the first in what is expected to be a series of exciting technology programs geared for teens, has been running throughout the month of July and wraps up today. Participants in the first Hacker Academy have been using APC 8750s  as an introduction to the world of small board computers and during the 4 sessions have been learning how to hack them to boot and use Linux (Apricot).

Hacker Academy Participants

Participants in the First Hacker Academy at the White Plains Library in NY State.

"What is truly unique to this course is that each attendee, upon completion of the course, will get to keep the computer. Costing only $49 and being able to be displayed on a television, such affordable computers can open up the world of computing to households that would not otherwise be able to afford a conventional home computer," said Austin Olney, lead instructor of the Hacker Academy and member of the White Plains Public Library tech team which also includes John Lolis and Ryan Jackson.

Sounds like a fun way to spend the summer vacation to us!