Building on an existing idea to create something better. Making products do things they were never intended to do. Reverse engineering products to defeat protection and security mechanisms. These types of self-expression can be found throughout recorded history. (

“Today, because knowledge is available on every Internet-connected device, what you know matters far less than what you can do with what you know. The capacity to innovate — the ability to solve problems creatively or bring new possibilities to life — and skills like critical thinking, communication and collaboration are far more important than academic knowledge." —Tony Wagner , NYT

Hackers solve problems and build things, and they believe in freedom and voluntary mutual help. To be a hacker you enjoy problem solving, improving your skills, and exercising your intelligence.