College-Ready work
Real-life Impact
Small Teams
Coding + Creativitiy

The #1 Creative Tech Summer Camp

Hands-on team projects • Visiting experts • Prepare for college & beyond

Course Description

Hacker Simulator is a unique program for anyone who has an interest in cybersecurity, privacy, and technology. In Hacker Camp teens will learn white hat hacking skills from experts running security at companies like Google. This is your environment to practice Linux commands, port scanning, cracking passwords, exploitation of bugs and so much more. Guests will include experts from Google and the US Government Security teams.

Projects include using Linux to hack into systems and IoT devices, and team-based capture the flag activities. Campers will be using the command line, Shodan (often called 'Hacker Google', where they can search for connected devices), and even resources like Google Search and Maps for certain activities. We're also running different virtual escape-room and scavenger hunt-style games.  

We will show clips from the movie "Hackers" and "Mr. Robot," a TV show dramatizing the lives of rogue hackers in NYC with unparalleled technical accuracy, as examples to recreate with hands-on workshops. Campers will also have the opportunity to install the security tools depicted on screen to their own machines, as well as learn how to use those tools.

A character in Mr. Robot finds a Raspberry Pi connected to a security system

Campers will walk away with the ability to hack into systems via the command line, control IoT devices, find and exploit website vulnerabilities, and be comfortable with basic cryptography.  In addition to hard technical skills, campers will also learn how to protect themselves online, the importance of the data they share, how to safely access the internet, and to develop a problem-solving mindset.

Course Outline

Day 1: Introduction to Ethical Hacking and Website Exploitations

  • List bounty hunting programs
  • URL Manipulation of Databases
  • Types of Databases

Day 2: Wifi Hacking

  • General Wifi Safety
  • LIpconfig
  • What is an IP address
  • What Are Ports
  • Overview of Wifi Hacking Tools
  • Man in The Middle Overview

Day 3: Cryptography

  • History and how to solve cryptography puzzles
  • What is the Darkweb?
  • How is cryptography used online?
  • How to hide and find messages (images out of sound, hidden text in image files)

Day 4: Pentesting

  • Kali Linux
  • Python
  • Metasploitable
  • Social Engineering

Day 5: IoT, Internet of Things

  • Examples of hardware hacking (i.e. near radio frequency hacking)
  • Shodan
  • Hack into satellites, cameras, Raspberry Pis

Who is this Camp for?

This camps aims to take students interested in hacking and cybersecurity, and take them to the next level by showing them how to use real tools and protect themselves from web exploits. No prerequisites are required, students don't have to know how to code or use any specific tools. Challenges range from easy to understand to advanced hacking and problem-solving. Campers will meet other new hackers, compete, and work together to win Capture the Flag competitions, and solve creative cybersecurity cases that take place on settings like spaceships!

Visiting Experts

Additional speakers tba

Each day of camp features a new visiting expert discussing their work and leading a hands-on workshop with campers. Experts come from academic and industry backgrounds.

Seva Epsteyn, NYC Mesh Network

Seva is an elite computer scientist that has designed everything from financial trading networks to trans-Atlantic internet systems. Seva also played a major role in NYC Mesh network, which is one of the most unique internet providers on the planet that's mission is to give free, equitable internet access.

Oryx, Cyber Security Engineer

Oryx is a self-created hacker that roams the world in search of hacker enlightenment. Currently she is holed up in her off-grid cabin prepping for the zombie apocalypse, or better known as the provincial election. Her day job is hacking systems and advising various clients, in other words, a consultant. She currently is leading the vetting efforts for the Saskatchewan Green Party and designing the party's policies on cyber security and privacy. In her off time, whenever that is, she is a Muay Thai fighter and contributes to open source projects

Jean Haley, Google

Jean is joining Cyber Arts Camp to teach lockpicking, both with computers and with physical locks. He dropped out of high school to pursue music, and now spends his time as a Google Site Reliability Engineer maintaining and defending the systems behind all of Google’s tools.

Sofy, NYU

Sofy is a hardware hacker, artist, and educator working with video, interactivity, projections, and code. Sofy's performances enact and reframe hegemonies, she works with materials that exemplify our deep entanglement with petro-culture and technology’s affect on consciousness. She has worked on projects at Eyebeam, 3LD, the Netherlands Institute voor Media Kunst, Steim, ARS Electronica, Games for Learning Institute, The National Mall and has taught at GAFFTA,  NYU, and Srishti.

Virtual Camp Details

Virtual camps are broken up into one week (5-day) programs and run for 3 hours a day. Each day includes:

  • Hour 1: Livestreamed expert talk and overview on the day's topic
  • Hour 2: Hands-on workshops and games
  • Hour 3: Individualized office hours and work time

Campers are broken up into teams of 7 per instructor based on their skill level and age (13-15 and 16-18).

Campers of all experience levels are welcome; there aren't any pre-requisites to participate.

After Camp Resources

Campers will have access to learning materials, labs, and extension activities every day after camp. Coaches will be available to help, and the Discord community is always open to share their work with other campers.

Once camp ends, the monitored Discord community stays open! Campers will continue to access to our expert instructors and coaches as they prepare for internships and college.

Details & Location

Camp is broken up into one week (5-day) programs and run from 10am to 2pm each day.

Every day will feature a new expert coming in to talk about their work and run workshops with campers.

Camp is located at Wonderville in Brooklyn. Wonderville is amongst the most unique arcades and creative technology spaces in New York.  The facility and all of the games have been custom-built by local tech artists, which has created a beautiful cyber essence. Not only is the indoor space amazing, but there is a great backyard that our team is going to activate.

Over the course of the pandemic, Wonderville transformed and added the capabilities of a high-tech education studio and maker-space. Cyber Arts has rented the entire venue for July to create the coolest learning dojo in New York, that only you will have access to.  

Coaches from Top Universities
“Cyber Arts is one of my favorite new startups. They had put a shipping container next to the Mississippi River and young people were inside learning coding, tech, and internet of things. It was fabulous!
- Megan Smith, former CTO of the United States, in an article for Business Insider

Why Cyber Arts

Cyber Arts is not a regular summer camp or just another large-scale, corporate coding and STEM school. We are a small, strategically managed operation that emphasizes an exciting learning experience and personalized small team programming.

Campers participate in hands-on workshops with expert instructors and coaches from top undergraduate universities, including Princeton, Brown, and MIT. With Cyber Arts Camps, students learn with hands-on kits and by building exciting finished resume-ready projects.

Our mission is to empower students to harness the full potential of their minds as they take on high school, college, and life. The rapid advancements of technology are completely reinventing how the world works, and we want to make sure we give teens every tool they need to change our cities, communities, and world for the better.

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