Half-Grown Hackers! Kids Take On Computer Coding

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DALLAS -- We learned a thing or two about the next generation of hacking Saturday, and the most obvious detail: they’re getting started early.

“We were mostly into books before,” said 11-year-old Colin Winter. "Then we learned about coding.”

Twins Colin and Kaden Winter were two of more than 200 young computer coders putting their skills to the test at iCodeHack, the first event of its kind in Dallas.

So what is it?

“Most people have a negative connotation to the word ‘Hackathon’ because they think they’re breaking into something,” said iCode4Kids Director Mauricio Vasquez, "but actually what they’re doing is tackling problems in groups.”

These half-grown hackers were designing computer games at this event, but the emphasis for each one is on learning the language of code and knowing this is a possible career path for all kids.

“If you don’t know how to code in ten years, it’ll be like a form of illiteracy,” Vasquez said.

“Most people should know how to code at least a little bit,” said 10-year-old Lauren Cogbill. "A lot more people are learning to use a computer so they need to know how to code.”

And remember, it’s never like you see on TV.