What Really Matters

Hello! Welcome to Hackership. We believe that life is a whole. lot. better. when it is jam packed full of curiosity and opportunity to discover.

Those moments when you feel the trepidation of a new challenge. The contemplation after a discussion introduces new ideas that alter and enrich your perspective. The wonder at questions you now have that you’d never even thought of asking before. The brain- ache of new information and experiences all coming at you just a little faster than you can process. And the feeling of quiet pride when you recognise a step change in how you’re thinking, and what you are capable of. These are the moments of connection and growth that enrich our daily life.

Learning is exhilarating. Yes, continuous learning is a crucial component of being a great developer, as the environment and technology around us changes so quickly. But it is mainly a crucial component of being a great and happy person too. We know learning shouldn’t stop when you finish school, university or have a certain number of years’ experience behind you. But also that it can be hard to prioritise learning without support from the environment around you. So that is why, for developers, there is Hackership. Our mission is to support developers to stay curious, and keep learning. In an environment that is supportive, fun, open-minded and accessible.

Education Values, Not Profit

Hackership is a value led initiative. Education should be affordable and accessible, not about profits. We are about learning and empowering everyone to become a learner. Individual. Life-long. Self-directed. These values shape everything we do.

We do, and will always strive to:
  • Publish our talks and resources open source and online.
  • Support the tech community wherever we run batches, for example through free and open talks and workshops.
  • Support and Increase Diversity in tech.
  • Keep the programme fee as affordable as possible.
  • Offer grants and needs-based programme fee loans.

This is all made possible by our amazing community support and unique structure. Hackership is a grass roots community initiative, where many talented people and organisations volunteer their time, incredible expertise and resources. (If you were to pay all of our people and space costs at the market rate, the programme would easily cost over 15 000 Eur per participant, and therefore, not exist.) We do this because we love it.

Meet the team

Hello! We are the three core organisers of Hackership. We do this because we believe in self-directed learning, because classrooms bored us and because we believe that we can change tech culture through education. Luckily, we are not alone. In fact, we heavily rely on this group of amazing volunteers and coaches.

Charlotte Hayne Organiser

Experienced Teacher, Education Specialist and Social Justice Activist. Former Fundraising and Growth Consultant to NGOs and early stage (social) businesses. Passionate about learning, skiing, and real equality of opportunity.

Benjamin Kampmann Organiser

Software developer and system architect, with over 10 years of experience in all areas of Web- (and Mobile-) Development, continuously staying up-to-date with the latest technologies. Expertise in multimedia and currently experimenting with cryptography.

Anouk Ruhaak Organiser

Economist turned freelance iOS developer. Former Hackership learner. Currently exploring web development with React and Twisted. Love discovering new fields and topics, which include functional programming, cryptography and security.