The birth of a hacker culture | Joshua Singer and Abhinav Suri | TEDxSanAntonio

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. When you think of a hacker, what do you think of? A man who breaks into your bank accounts? Someone who steals important documents? To programmers, though, it’s actually a compliment. The new definition of hacker is “a clever programmer.” And within San Antonio and the United States, there are too few of these clever hackers. How do we increase this number? By building a culture of hacking. Through hackathons, maker-fairs and side projects, we can build a culture of hacking that leads to innovation. In this talk, you’ll learn of the various efforts that are underway, as well as how you can be a part of the culture and become a hacker too! Josh: A senior at the International School of the Americas, Josh has been leading Apps for Aptitude with Abhi, striving to better San Antonio by decreasing the illiteracy rate and increasing awareness of STEM education. He is a Voelcker Biomedical Research Academy Scholar, and performs research on GABA. As a student, Josh ranked first in his class and is a National AP Scholar. He also enjoys Scouting and received his Eagle Rank at 14. Josh, with an awesome team, organized SoHacks, the School’s Out Hackathon. Abhi: A senior at Saint Mary’s Hall high school, Abhi has taken an active role in his community, striving to better San Antonio by decreasing the illiteracy rate and increasing awareness of STEM education. In addition to his work through Apps for Attitude, he is a Voelcker Biomedical Research Academy Scholar and is currently doing research on Traumatic Brain Injury. He is a winner of the Sally and Glenn Ramsdell scholarship, the Brandeis Book Award winner, and National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist. Abhi has qualified two times for the national speech and debate association national tournament and is one of the top 100 students in Original Oratory in the nation. As a website developer and head organizer of the School’s Out Hackathon, Abhi has insight into the world of hacking and how it can benefit society by encouraging creative thinking, teaching project-specific skills, and promoting collaborative work. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)