WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE CONFERENCE AND THE HACKATHON?

The Conference and the Hackathon are two separate events under the umbrella of Hacking Arts. Each are ticketed individually. Those wishing to attend the Conference can purchase a ticket. Those wishing to attend and participate in the Hackathon must submit an application. Entry to the Hackathon is free for accepted applicants. 

The Conference takes place from 9AM to 4PM on Saturday, November 19. The Hackathon begins as the conference ends, starting at 4PM on Saturday, November 19 and continuing for 24-hours - overnight and into Sunday, November 20. It is possible (and highly encouraged) to attend both. The Conference is designed to inspire you, while the Hackathon is for you to put your ideas and skills to use.
 

AND ALL OF THIS IS DIFFERENT FROM THE TECH EXPO?

While the Conference and Hackathon take place on the MIT Media Lab’s 6th floor, the Tech Expo is hosted next door at the MIT List Visual Arts Center. Conference attendees will get first and exclusive access to the tech expo before it is opened to the general public.. There you can try new tech for yourself, see great new art, and meet with fellow innovators in the field.
 

HOW WILL I KNOW THAT THIS CONFERENCE IS FOR ME?

If you have a passion for art and technology, if painting robots and dancing lights and augmented reality theatre pieces get you pumped, then this conference is for you. Panels will explore innovations in a variety of artistic disciplines. For full panel description, please visit our 2016 Panel page.
 

I’M UNDER 18 YEARS OLD. CAN I ATTEND?

People under the age of 18 can attend the Hacking Arts Conference and Hackathon Presentation, but not join in the Hackathon.
 

WHAT IS INCLUDED WITH MY TICKET?

Entry to the full day of panels, start-up presentations, performances and early access to our interactive Tech Expo on Saturday, November 19. We will provide breakfast, lunch, and coffee throughout the day.
 

I HAVE DIETARY RESTRICTIONS. WILL YOU BE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE ME?

We will help accommodate your dietary restriction. There is a field on the ticket form form to describe your needs. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Annabelle Gamet, Logistics Chair at agamet@mit.edu.
 

I NEED ACCOMMODATIONS IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE.

We strive to have a welcoming and inclusive environment open to all and we welcome people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please select your requirements on the registration form or contact  Annabelle Gamet at agamet@mit.edu with questions. Requests should be made at least 3 weeks prior to the event. More information on accessibility at our venues is here.
 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ATTEND?

Tickets may be purchased via Eventbrite. We have three varieties of tickets - professionals, students, and partner affiliates (New England Conservatory, RISD). You receive a discount for purchasing early. Early bird ticketing is open from Oct. 6 to Oct. 20. Ticket prices then increase to normal pricing until one week before the conference. One week before the conference (Nov. 12) tickets will increase slightly.
 

I PURCHASED MY TICKET BUT NOW I CAN’T GO. CAN I GET A REFUND?

Absolutely. We’ll be sad to miss you at the conference, but please let us know by cancelling your ticket on Eventbrite if you cannot attend. We are not able to issue refunds after Nov. 12.
 

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

All conference participants are required to bring a valid ID for admission. You may wish to bring a digital or analogue note-taking device of your preference.
 

WILL THE CONFERENCE BE RECORDED?

The panels will be recorded. We will share the recordings on YouTube and Daisy sometime after the Hacking Arts weekend comes to a close.