Hacking Arts was founded in 2013 to foster community for those interested in the creative arts at MIT. 

The festival hosts two major events: a Conference and a Hackathon. The Conference hosts panels on each industry as well as a Tech Expo showcasing the latest innovations in these fields. The Hackathon is specifically designed for creative technologists and brings together resources and mentors to promote even further innovation. 

Hacking Arts is held each year at the MIT Media Lab. It is organized by the MIT Sloan Entertainment, Media & Sports Club in partnership with MIT's Center for Art, Science, and Technology and the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship.