Hack your skateboard on Youth Day

Geekulcha blog: http://geekulcha.com/

Geekulcha blog: http://geekulcha.com/

Thanks to our friends at htxt for this article!

SkateHacks is a unique initiative from our friends at Geeklucha which involves using skateboards as the basis for introducing kids to making.

Back in May we wrote a story on the SkateHacks tours which were planned to go through the Northern Cape. Those tours are now over, so, what went down?

Like the apps SkatePoint and Sk8t Quiz, youngsters were taught about the Rapid Applications Development platform (MIT App Inventor) and how they could make their own apps.

There was also a maker corner where participants were encouraged to create a smart skateboard to measure performance metrics on a baord.

But, it’s not over yet. This was only the Northern Cape leg of the tour. Tomorrow, on Youth Day, there will be another event in Soweto which you can attend.

In addition, there will be a #SkateHacks category at the Geekulcha annual hackathon. The best idea that uses open source tech to make skateboards better will have their idea supported by Geekulcha to be developed further. If you want more information on any of that, email them directly at makers@geekulcha.com.

Finally, remember to wear a helmet. There’s no point learning how to make cool stuff if you’re just going to knock it right out of your head the the next time you fall down.

Get more information on the Geekulcha blog or the SkateHacks official website

[makers.htxt have been granted special permission from Geekulcha to use the images displayed on this page. All rights reserved otherwise]

Thanks to our friends at htxt for this article!


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