Hacking Arts 2015


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Hacking Arts 2015


Explore last year's panels, Tech Expo and Hackathon prize-winning teams.

Panels


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Panels


DESIGN PANEL

Last year's design panel explored real impact and desirability in design. The panel was moderated by Dr. Beth Altringer, a Lecturer on Innovation and Design at Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Graduate School of Design, and Faculty Associate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.  The panel consisted of John Rothenberg from Sosolimited, Matt Keeter from Formlabs, Sara Hendren, a professor at Olin College, Sarah Mallin from Essential, and Tobias van Schneider, Art Director and Lead Product Designer at Spotify.


FASHION PANEL

The fashion panel explored how entrepreneurs have been able to scale their business ideas and make a mark in today's Fashion industry. Liz Bacelar, Founder and CEO of Decoded Fashion, moderated a panel including Jade Huang, founder and CEO of StyleSage.co, Susan McPherson, founder and CEO of McPherson Strategies, Yaniv Nissim, founder of Stylit, and Jill Sherman, founder and CEO of Modalyst. 


FILM PANEL

The 2015 Film Panel explored the question of how interactive storytelling can offer a new cinematic experience. The panel was led by William Uricchio, Professor, Comparative Media Studies, MIT and featured Christopher Allen, Founder and Executive Artistic Director of UnionDocs, Kel O'Neill, filmmaker with Jongsma + O'Neill, Sandra Rodriguez, filmmaker and scholar, and Jeff Soyk, a freelance creative director/UI & UX designer.


GAMING PANEL

This panel focused on the changing landscape of gaming as the barriers to entry are breaking down for starting entrepreneurial ventures and independent gaming studios. Eitan Glinert, Fire Chief at Fire Hose Games, moderated this panel focusing on entrepreneurship along with panelists Jack Dalrymple, Senior Vice President at Cap and Cut, Justin Pappas, Ape Law's Founder and Creative Director, Sam Butin, Associate Producer at iNK Stories, and Trevor Stricker, President at Disco Pixel.


MUSIC PANEL

In a panel called, “New Tech: Threat or Boon to the Music Industry,” panelists discussed the dramatic evolution of the music industry since the dawn of the digital revolution. Panos Panay, Founding Managing Director of Berklee ICE led the panel which also featured Jeff Price, Founder and CEO of Audiam, Kiran Gandhi, Madame Gandhi artist, Benji Rogers, Founder and President of Pledge Music, Sachin Doshi, Spotify’s VP of Content, and Berklee College of Music Associate Professor George Howard.


DANCE PANEL

The 2015 Dance Panel explored how emerging technology is changing the language of dance - from motion capture to AI and beyond. Mimi Yin of ITP/NYU moderated a panel made up of Troika Ranch’s Artistic Co-Directors, Dawn Stoppiello and Mark Coniglio, Motion Bank’s Director, Florian Jenett, the Director and Professor of Deakin University’s Deakin Motion Lab, Kim Vincs, and Brooklyn Ballet’s Founding Artistic Director, Lynn Parkerson.


VIRTUAL REALITY PANEL

Last year's Virtual Reality panel focused on exploring current use and creative possibilities of Virtual Reality. The panel consisted of Jessica Brillhart, Principal Filmmaker for Google's JUMP, Rachel Rossin, a Virtual Reality Fellow at NEW INC, Rus Grant, Director of the Harvard University Visualization Research and Teaching Laboratory, and Alexander Porter, Creative Director at Spectacular. Moderation for this panel was done by Michael Naimark, a resident artist with Google VR.


VISUAL ARTS PANEL

The Visual Arts panel last year looked at how startups, artists, and cultural institutions approached innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship, while democratizing the arts with the use of technology. Moderated by Matthew Israel, a curator at large from Artsy, the panel consisted of Kevin McCoy, CEO of and an artist at Monegraph, the Executive Director of ArtScience Labs, Carrie FitzsimmonsJulia Kaganskiy, Director of NEW INC and Sarah Hromack, the Director of Digital Media at Whitney Museum of American Art.


Hackathon


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Hackathon


GRAND PRIZE: INSIDE ART

Using the IMVU online metaverse, Inside Art created virtual realities of famous works of art including American Gothic and the Birth of Venus. Using a VR headset, art lovers can explore these famous scenes up close and personal. You can check out the presentation the Inside Art shared at the hackathon below. Inside Art consisted of Bruno Olmedo, Kathy Wu, Willy Wu, and Marcelo Decastro.

 

SECOND PLACE: DJ GURU

Team DJ Guru, made up of Arpit Gupta, Gulay Ozkan and David Henry also, also won the CODEMKRS Acceleration Award prize.

 

THIRD PLACE: TEAM LOCKAR & TEAM MUSIC TOUCH

Team LockAR was a solo effort of Uttam Grandhi. Team Music Touch consisted of David Wang and George Sun.

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SONOS ULTIMATE USER EXPERIENCE HACK PRIZE: TEAM MY SONOS HACK

Sonos charged Hacking Arts participants to re-envision the user experience of enjoying music in the home and this extraordinary team delivered. Team My Sonos Hack was made up of Nick Del Vecchio, Adam Mitchell, Jacob Connery, Sophia Yang, Kevin Shaabi, Jose Belloso and Linda Cheung.

 

MOST CREATIVE USE OF ARTSY API PRIZE: BAE, "BETTER ART UNDERSTANDING"

Two MIT undergraduates took home the prize with their project, BAE "Better Art Understanding." BAE stands for Better Art Understanding and their tongue-in-cheek hack allows for anyone to sound knowledgeable about art criticism; using the Artsy API these two Course 6 (EECS) students were able to scan works of art and automatically generate commentary that would allow you to keep up with even the most devoted art history buffs. 

Tech Expo


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Tech Expo


2015 Tech Expo was an art and fashion gallery, a game room, an interactive performance, and a social scene full of new ideas and engaging conversations all at once.

It was built around a vision as an interactive playroom featuring work from artists and products from start-ups and companies across all eight of our focus industries - design, visual arts, virtual reality, music, film, dance, fashion, and gaming.

Click here to check out the exhibitors from Hacking Arts 2015.

Around the web


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Around the web


On Twitter

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2015 Sponsors and Partners


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2015 Sponsors and Partners