If you are a tech savvy person, you may have been called a “hacker” at some point by someone less technical. Maybe you’ve heard of growth hackers and life hacks. These are not the droids we’re looking for.
The word “hack” in computer systems goes back to the 1950’s at M.I.T. when the model railroad club was cutting wires and messing with electrical systems. Shortly after, the word “hack” grew to mean “working on a tech problem in a different, presumably more creative way than what’s outlined in an instruction manual.” (Source: New Yorker).