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Start date: Sep 1, 2016, End date: Oct 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for Digital Agenda, in her speech delivered in Vilnius on November 7th 2013 underlined that even though economy based on digital technologies develops in Europe, it still struggles with the problem of computer competence not matching market expectations. According to Eurostat data the unemployment rate among young people ranges from 19,7% in Europe, 20,5% in Poland, to 30% in Portugal. Moreover, the report of the European Commission done for the Opening Up Education initiative claims that approximately 90% of all job offers will require digital skills. Even now Europe lacks about 270 thousand IT specialists. The data demonstrates that the difficult situation of young people on the labor market is mainly a result of two things - lack of experience and qualifications that do not match the needs of the employers. Surprisingly small number of young people decides to start an adventure with web development nowadays. The only way to shift this trend is to create methods that will change the mindset about programming not only among teenagers but also, what is probably even more import_ant, among people working with teenagers. The point should not be to teach the very basics of a few programming languages, the point should be to convince the society that programming is for everyone and that it has already become, apart form one's first language and foreign language, a third language that everyone should know the basics of to better understand our constantly changing world. “I would urge you to become one of them! Programming skill will (very soon in my opinion) becomean essential skill for interacting with the world- and it will separate the population very clearlybetween the literate and the illiterate” Program or be Programmed - Douglas Rushkoff Inspired by the words of Douglas Rushkoff we propose a different approach to teaching programming - hacker's approach.The word "hacker" has a negative connotation because of the cyber crimes. However we should remember that "hackers built the internet. Hackers are the best administrators. They always work on their imagination, they possess the skill to improvise as well as flair and knowledge unattainable for ordinary people, the nature of hacker is not restrained by any work environment, it manifests itself in every aspect of human existence. It can be for example Art or Science. Hacking is a way of life."[Piotr Suchodolski, "Hacker? That sells!"]From Zero to Hacking Hero is a project for middle and high school teenagers, teachers, and people working with young students. It includes programming workshops for pupils ending with a 5 day long hackathon – international meeting, where participants will be able to work intensively on their own projects, teaching methodology workshops for teachers and people working with young students [both taking place simoultanously in Kalisz (Poland) and Espinho (Portugal)], and educational internet platform.Knowledge and practical programming skills are only the starting point. The real value of the project is in teaching how to self-learn. The participants will be able to gather information, they will be introduced to an international community of hackers, they will learn how to work in groups and divide responsibilities among people and teams, they will work with open source programs and they will be able to get involved in developing new or existing open source projects. Moreover, students will be able to use acquired practical skills for their hobbies or they can treat them as a starting point for future careers. It is clearly not another project about basics of programming but a project that teaches cooperation and intercultural dialogue, a project that underlines the import_ance of improving language skills and raises awerness of the world without barriers and borders, so it prepares the participants for being a part of the world in digital era. All learning materials created during the project will be available under Open License in three languages: Polish, Portugese, and English, on an educational internet platform created for the purposes of the project. The platform will be prepared for remote teaching and learning with functions like sending tasks to a given group of participants, monitoring their progress, commenting and assesing. The fact that the project is international will result in versatility of created and shared educational materials, thus it will increase their value not only for the participants of the project, but also people that will benefit from it indirectly. We think that the creation of the platform should be, in a longer perspective, a starting point for developing another open source of public educational materials to teach programming and share thoughts created by programists and teachers for programist and teachers based on the idea of OER (Open Educational Resources).
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