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This entry is a nod to the puzzle-like nature of what it means to be a hacker. Many moves can be made & which are we most vulnerable to?

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Sketch 1 (1,500 characters)

This concept represents the issue of understanding hacking and the motivations behind it. The thought process behind this concept came from the idea that hacking is a lot like playing a game or solving a puzzle. Similar to folks who like to solve puzzles, hackers also have different areas of motivation: whether it be for entertainment, conquering a challenge, uncovering a message etc. So, not all hackers are creepy or dangerous. However, it is good to know the motives and ways and means behind these individuals so that we can best protect ourselves and our information. If I were to continue to build this concept out, I would explore and expand on other games/puzzles, different ways to communicate hacker's various personas. (i.e using hands with a woman's nails, or different skin colors to show diversity) I would also try to communicate how the various pieces of the puzzles represent pieces of our personal lives and how hackers try to put these things together in order to successfully hack.

Sketch 2 (1,500 characters)

A 2nd version/sketch of the above concept. Again, playing off of the puzzle/game theme meant to illustrate the "tinkering" nature of hacking.

What have you learned through this sketching process? (1,000 characters)

I didn't learn anything super surprising yet, but i definitely didn't realize how big of a problem this was until learning about this contest. Props to you guys for thinking out and creating this opportunity!

Tell us more about you. (1,000 characters)

My name is TJ Chase, and I am a visual designer based in Washington D.C. My background is in illustration, graphic design and web development. I am inspired by problems and the creative ways they can be solved.

Why are you participating in this Challenge? (750 characters)

This challenge was referred to me by my boss. I recently created some cool infographics for Mozilla that were about interoperability so this challenge particularly stood out as I think it can be fun to creatively communicate intricate tech issues.


Personal: Company:

What is your experience with the field of cybersecurity?

  • I have minimal experience and/or knowledge in the cybersecurity field.

What best describes you?

  • I’m a professional visual creator affiliated with an organization.

How did you hear about this OpenIDEO Challenge?

  • Hewlett Foundation website / social media

Location: City

Washington D.C.

Location: State / District

Washington D.C.

Location: Country

  • United States of America


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Photo of Sark Asadourian

I love the colors in this it looks so universal. I immediately got what is going on, which I am still working on any tips.

Photo of c null

Hi, nice draw!
Maybe you can paint something inside the rubik, maybe 010101010, hash

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I think the first sketch is a strong concept and a useful way of looking at the process of hacking, which is solitary and cerebral, like solving a rubik's cube. I would encourage you to consider expanding the focus, and thus the visuals to begin exploring the consequences upon others in the real world of hacking activity. Perhaps the duality between white hat and black hacking could be developed as well. Your submission is an approach fertile with possibilities, and I applaud you on it. I am a fellow entrant. If you have the time and inclination, I would love to hear your thoughts on my entry, at

Best of luck. I will be interested to see more.

John Messing

Photo of Tj Chase

Thanks a lot for the feedback, John! I've already started thinking about some possibilities to push this forward. I really appreciate it and have gladly lent some thoughts on your entry as well! :)

Photo of Dima Boulad

Thank you for your kind words Tj Chase , this challenge is indeed very important, and we often don't realize it! Thank you for your submission, I think the first sketch is simple and understandable. How would you consider pushing it further? I would encourage you to think how the hands with the cube can be embedded into a larger composition that tells the story of the impact of this riddle? What do you think?
Perhaps this resource can help:
I can’t wait to see how this progresses next, and don't forget to check out Hewlett's tip of the week on the brief page!