In The Pioneer you'll create and publish 4 stories.
Every 1-3 weeks, you'll work on a new project in a small team with our support. You don't have to come with an idea or background experience -- we'll train you on the ins and outs of storytelling, videography, and modern publishing.
As part of the program, we host workshops and office hours to train you on the skills you need to succeed in each project. Then you'll go into the world and make these projects happen with our team always there if you get stuck.
Learn how to tell stories worth sharing -- and then get them published.
The early stages of any project can be ambiguous and scary. We’ll teach you everything from interviewing skills to how to use a DSLR to Adobe Premiere video editing through our weekly workshops. You'll get one-on-one feedback for every story. And you'll gain clarity into what you want to continue learning, way faster than you ever could in school.
The Pioneer is both a skills course and a digital publication. Every project you complete will be published online, enabling you to build a portfolio to showcase your new skills.
Join our community of 400+ self-starters.
If you complete Pioneer's 4 projects, we'll invite you to join HackCville's membership -- the largest community of hustlers, makers, creators, and self-starters at UVA. Our members represent all years and nearly all majors. Many "Pioneers" continue with the course for multiple semesters to continue building their skills and publishing more work.
We know it’s difficult to start something alone, so we’ve designed and built our community to support anyone who wants to work on something cool. We’re 400+ strong, and one of the only organizations in the country with our unique combination of people, training, support, and scale.Get Program Details → How to Register →
Work in our clubhouses on the Corner.
Our two clubhouses on Elliewood Avenue are our community's home and where you'll learn and work on Pioneer projects. You'll experience how our fun and functional spaces accelerate serendipity -- you’ll meet new people all the time who are willing to jump in and help you solve any problem.
After completing your first semester with The Pioneer, you'll get 24/7 access to clubhouses and dozens of opportunities to continue learning and making.
Here are the next steps.
Stop by our Open House.
Get to know our team and learn more before you register. Stop by our Open House anytime 4-6pm on Friday, January 25 at 9 Elliewood Ave on the UVA Corner. RSVP here.
Get in touch with our team.
We can email you details about the program and put you in touch with our team. Reach out with any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register by January 31st.
The Pioneer is available to anyone and everyone who’s interested -- all years, majors, and backgrounds. There’s no application to participate, and we have a no-questions-asked financial aid policy, too. Get details here, and don’t forget to register by January 31.