Hacker School

The demand for people with digital skills is growing, but schools aren’t really in a position to take sole responsibility for training teenagers to perform these roles. Most children have a smartphone and are absolute pros as users – but they don’t know about the technology behind it all. This is what the Hacker School seeks to change. 


For whom?
Children and teenagers aged 11 and above

Equality of opportunities in digital education, future-oriented transition from school to career, enhancing digital skills and participation among young people.

2 days

Throughout Germany with the focus on Hesse

Learn programming with Hacker School

Hacker School teaches teenagers necessary digital skills for the twenty-first century. It enables them not only to develop a better understanding of the digital world but also to help design it too. By co-operating with universities and companies, Hacker School makes it possible for students and trainees to pass on their IT skills and their enthusiasm for programming to the teenagers, assist them with independent learning, and inspire them to stay on the ball by providing fascinating practical examples from the digital world.

‘I was totally amazed at the setup. Because it’s extremely creative, lots of teamwork. You’re actually never alone so you also have lots of potential solutions.’ 

Kathleen Neitzel, IT student and inspirer

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For school groups, girls and disadvantaged teenagers

Hacker School focuses on three target groups: entire school groups and classes, for whom the course @yourschool was devised; girls and young women who can attend the GIRLS Hacker school; and socially disadvantaged young people, for whom Hacker School Plus has been designed in cooperation with Joblinge e.V. Over two days, small groups of teenagers complete fun exercises that teach them about programming languages. Once they acquire a fundamental understanding of IT they will have the opportunity to experiment and achieve their first programming success.

‘The Girls Hacker Schools are always a particular highlight for me. I’m delighted when I see young girls diving into IT and getting passionate about programming.’

Jana Zeller, IT student and inspirer

‘I’ve found my new hobby: programming with Scratch :D’

Max, 12 years old, participant in a Scratch course 


Hacker School is a social enterprise which was launched in Hesse with funding from the Crespo Foundation.


Katharina Planchart
Hacker School gGmbH