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Hey teens, find out how fun a web career can be at Pittsburgh Hack Jam this Sunday


Hack Jam comes to Pittsburgh this weekend, a local manifestation of a national movement for teens that is encouraging the younger generation of web users to become web producers, code writers and developers. 
 
The force behind it, Mozilla, has created cool tools--like Thimble and X-Ray Googles--that not only help teens to learn, but teach digital literacy, says Dustin Stiver, program officer for The Sprout Fund.

Hack Jam will be held this Sunday, Sept. 23rd from 1-3 p.m., at the Carnegie Library in Oakland with computers and local experts available to mentor beginners and advanced youth coders. Not a bad way to spend a Sunday considering the many local companies hiring in this field.

“It’s promoting web making in Pittsburgh,” says Stiver. “Helping to move us toward a more digitally literate society.”
 
Hack Jam will teach notions of gaming and webmaking, through mentoring, while raising an awareness that the web actually can be the basis of a viable career, Stiver adds.
 
Four super cool organizations have come together to make it happen: Spark; assemble, a new arts and tech venue in the Penn Avenue Arts District; The Labs @ Carnegie Library Pittsburgh and the Warhol.
 
Teens will also have a chance to score digital door prizes for showing up and cracking codes.
 
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Dustin Stiver, The Sprout Fund and Spark
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