Founded in 2014, our mission is to provide an opportunity for people in all departments and from all backgrounds the chance to learn about, and play with, technology. We do this by organising talks, workshops and facilitating hackathons (invention marathons).
Hacksmiths is committed to making all projects as inclusive as possible. While we look at many spectrums for this (gender, age, socio-economic circumstance), we are particularly interested in how we can engage students (and faculty) outside of Computing. Our hope is that this will not only increase interdisciplinary collaboration, but strengthen the Goldsmiths community overall.
Details about previous events, and press, is here.
The hacker ethics (our values)
- The hands-on imperative. Learn by doing - take apart, fix and improve upon existing technology to build new projects and learn how things work.
- Information wants to be free. Everyone should have access to knowledge and skills, regardless of their background. It should not be held back by induviduals, governments or companies.
- Mistrust authority. Technology takes control from large organisations and empower 'the little person'.
- No bogus criteria. If you are to be judged, it should only ever be on your knoweldge, creativity and experience, and not by "bogus criteria" such as race, age, gender, socio-economic circumstance or status.
- You can create truth and beauty on a computer. Hacking with technology can be used to encourage and highlight artistry and creativity.
- We can change the world. With the above five ethics, we can use the power we hold to really impact people's lives for the better.