Finding a community
When you are starting out it might be a good idea to learn with a bunch of people and get to learn a lot more, after all a network of people are better at teaching than individual sources. Similar to how United doesn’t just service broward county but has locksmiths in Pembroke Pines, West Palm Beach and Miami for maximum efficiency.
So we are going to look at ways for you to learn in a group and spread your social wings.
“A hackathon (also known as a hack day, hackfest or codefest) is a design sprint-like event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers, project managers, and others, often including subject-matter-experts, collaborate intensively on software projects. Occasionally, there is a hardware component as well. Hackathons typically last between a day and a week. Some hackathons are intended simply for educational or social purposes, although in many cases the goal is to create usable software. Hackathons tend to have a specific focus, which can include the programming language used, the operating system, an application, an API, or the subject and the demographic group of the programmers. In other cases, there is no restriction on the type of software being created.”
“The trick is not easily expressed. Back decades ago, when expert systems were popular, I suggested an expert system to select talent. It never worked. What came clearer is that you have to create what Martin Gardner called the “Aha!” experience (also called “A Eureka moment” in the psychology community). You have to beware, some topics are just completely over the heads of some people. The Cypherpunks were somewhat examples of the latter. You will have to learn and pick up math.”
“TrojanForge.co, HackBB, TCF, HackYard, HackHound, Darkode, MazaF-ka, DirectConnection, Exploit.IN. But disregard HackForums.net as another charlatan fan base.”
Hacker communites are a little different than Hacker Groups. These are the big boys and they don’t recruit, you become the big boys through hard work. You can’t become a part of this unless you are regularly part of blackhat communities though in their eyes its whitehat so pick your side and check this list out.
Learning with people is always fun because you get swept up in the lifestyle and it’s hard to get excited about much of anything these days and if you ever want to actually make a difference in the world the only way to do it is to find a group who can make actual changes happen. Otherwise you’ll just end up locked out in plantation.