XRay Goggles


Holiday Hacking


  1. step01_group

    Collectively explore problems and strengths of the open web. What would your life be like without the web? Who made the web? How can you tell the web was made by people?

    Introduce the concept of the open web:
    • Anyone can use it to make things.
    • Transparent, you can see how it is made.
    • It doesn’t break because it is not “owned”.
  2. Introduce the design challenge:

    We benefit from an open web where anyone can use, see and manipulate content on the Internet. Imagine if those same features applied to holidays. Imagine a holiday for everyone regardless of nationality or religion. What do we all have in common as human beings? What would an open holiday look like?

  3. step03_holiday

    Have everyone create an open holiday. Holidays should have a name, visual representation and a history. Ask learners: What is unique about this holiday? How do people celebrate it? How does the holiday include all people regardless of race or religion or economic status?

  4. step04_holiday

    Hack into a news site using the X-Ray Goggles to write a story about how the holiday is celebrated on each continent. Put the content on a webpage that was created or hacked and present it to the group at the end of the day.



Have participants talk about their holidays and display the work they have done.

Following the presentations, facilitators should direct participants to other resources in their community or online to learn more about hacking and web design/development. Provide individual constructive feedback during presentations.