Diverse, Good Hacker Club Started by IUP Student

A “good hackers” club has been started by a student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) to build awareness and educate faculty and students how to protect themselves from “malicious hackers“, according to a recent article published on the SFGate website. The article indicates that the university junior and information technology student, Zach Garcia, 22, and his new group have gained much attention on campus since they draws in both faculty and students.

Garcia came up with the idea to start “The Lunchtime Hackers” while at work, the article stated, since he felt those concerned with these issues should meet to educate each other about the “bad hackers on the Internet” and discuss the importance of guarding against their threats. Garcia was quoted in the article to say, “There’s a diverse group of people that come to the meetings, and I’ve found that we can learn from each other.” He clarified that this group consists of a “pretty eclectic group” and said those attending may see “the dean of a college sitting next to a freshman” at any given time.

The “about” section on the group’s website, Lunchtimehackers.com states:

What is Lunchtime Hackers?

Lunchtime Hackers is a university-based group of people with a shared interest in technology and technology awareness. Many of us are students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, but anybody anywhere is welcome to participate in our blog, forums or meetings. You can do that by sharing ideas, collaborating on our group projects, and teaching what you know to others in the group at our meetings.

One of the ways we’re unlike most student-driven organizations is that everyone comes to learn and share, no matter who we are outside the club. At our meetings, freshmen sit beside tenured professors; FORTRAN coders chat with Android developers; Linux and Windows users set aside their differences and get along (sort of). And even though we’re required to have officers and bylaws on paper as a student organization, we think of ourselves as a community where everyone’s skill levels, opinions and ideas are treated equally.

Read more about Zach Garcia’s group here at the full article on the SFGate website and learn more about what they discuss and what Garcia hopes to accomplish on a larger scale in the future.

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