To us, the word hacker does not mean breaking into computer security systems. Instead we use the term "cracker" to describe those activities. We are a group of hackers who like to have fun, not some crazy black hat mafia. Here's what some famous hackers have to say:
"To the popular press, "hacker" means someone who breaks into computers. Among programmers it means a good programmer."Paul Graham
It is hard to write a simple definition of something as varied as hacking, but I think what these activities have in common is playfulness, cleverness, and exploration. Thus, hacking means exploring the limits of what is possible, in a spirit of playful cleverness. Activities that display playful cleverness have "hack value"Richard Stallman
We think Purdue needs to embrace the kind of "hacker culture" that's found in places like Silicon Valley, Seattle, and Austin. Our mission is to bring that culture to Purdue by hosting events where hackers can meet and learn from one another.
Right now most of our hackers are focused on mobile/web apps and hardware projects, but we are always growing our collective skillset.
Whether you're a seasoned pro or just getting your feet wet with programming and electronics, Purdue Hackers is a great way to grow as a hacker. We welcome anyone and everyone, so drop by one of our events and introduce yourself!