Every year we host the Hacking Arts Hackathon, a competition where creatives can bring together their tech and art skills to make new things.
Our hackathon is 24-hour competition designed to push innovation in the arts and entertainment field. It’s all about connecting creative and ambitious minds with the necessary tools to foster collaboration in the arts through technology. We bring resources specifically for creative technologists and artists to help you push the boundaries during our hackathon. You'll learn, share, build, and create awesome things during the hackathon, we promise.
Click below to apply to the 2018 Hackathon:
More information on last year's winners can be found here.
Never attended Hacking Arts before? Please read our FAQ, and be sure to email us if you still have questions.
Never attended Hacking Arts before? Please read our FAQ, and be sure to email us if you still have questions.
Hackathon admission is free (with a refundable $10 deposit)! This includes food, drinks, and some awesome late-night entertainment. If your application is accepted, you will have access to the rest of the festival as well with no additional cost!
We have a long wait list of Hackathon applicants. We collect a deposit to make sure that you are committed to participating. We will refund you the full deposit when you arrive, and provide meals, space and materials to you free of charge.
Unfortunately we are unable to provide any reimbursement for travel or housing for Hackathon participants. Housing is not necessary to participate in the Hackathon. Whether or not you stay in the area is at your discretion.
No, sorry. We are not able to provide any legal endorsements for visas of any sort.
The Festival and the Hackathon are two separate events under the umbrella of Hacking Arts. The festival is designed to inspire you, while the Hackathon is for you to put your ideas and skills to use.
Each are ticketed individually. Those wishing to attend the Festival 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.
Creative arts include visual art, design, music, fashion, performing arts, virtual reality, gaming, film and video. But no one can put a limit on artistic innovation - all creative interests are welcome.
Hacking Arts is 24-hour competition designed to push innovation in the arts and entertainment field. It’s all about connecting creative and ambitious minds with the necessary tools to foster collaboration in the arts through technology. We bring resources specifically for creative technologists and artists to help you push the boundaries during our Hackathon. You'll learn, share, build, and create awesome things during the Hackathon, we promise.
All students and young professionals are welcome! This includes university undergraduates, graduate students, and young professionals active in arts and entertainment space. We welcome experienced designers, programmers, entrepreneurs, and artists as well as total beginners eager to join a team. MIT students and partner school students are given preference.
People under the age of 18 are not admitted to attend the Hacking Arts Hackathon, but are welcome to purchase a ticket for the festival.
We will help accommodate your dietary restriction. There is a field on the application form to describe your needs.
Yes. We will keep you fed and hydrated while you and all of the other hackers work through the night to solve problems, create something new, and innovate arts.
Teams may contain 3-6 people. We run a team formation and ideation session to make sure you find the right people to work with. If you have friends you would want to work with, please encourage them to apply. Applications are for individuals only and we are not able to guarantee entry for all applicants. We believe that diversity of personalities and ideas foster creativity, so we encourage you to work with new people.
Hackers who attend the Hackathon come from all skill sets and backgrounds. You will interact with technical, creative, and entrepreneurial-minded people.
Note that applications are for individuals, we are unfortunately unable to accept hackers off the waiting list based on prior arrangements for teams. We will have a team formation period at the event.
You can come with an idea or without, and we will help you find a team during the team formation and ideation session.
In addition to our sponsored challenges and API hacks, we strongly encourage ALL hackathon participants come up with creative projects and bring them to life. Final projects will be judged based on creativity, technical use, disruptiveness, and usefulness.
All hackers are required to bring a valid ID for admission. Please bring your laptop, hardware (if you want to do a hardware hack), or any additional gear you might find useful.
A recap of previous winners can be found below:
We’ll miss you, but will be grateful you’ve let us know so we can fill your spot.
Hacking Arts is committed to diversity, equity and inclusivity. We believe that every single person has the right to hack in a safe and welcoming environment that fosters open dialogue and the free expression of ideas, free of harassment, discrimination, and hostile conduct. We recognize a shared responsibility to create and maintain that environment for the benefit of all. Harassment includes but is not limited to offensive verbal or written comments related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
If what you’re doing is making someone feel uncomfortable, that counts as harassment and is enough reason to stop doing it. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Sponsors, judges, mentors, volunteers, organizers, Hacking Arts staff and anyone else at the event are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, attendees should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material both in their hacks and during the event. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, Hacking Arts may take any action HA deems appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the event with no eligibility for reimbursement or refund of any type. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact Hacking Arts using the reporting procedures defined below.
Hacking Arts 2018 Leadership reserves the right to revoke any enrollments for any reason. Without limiting the foregoing, Hacking Arts 2018 Leadership reserves the right to remove you from the Event if Hacking Arts 2018 Leadership determines in its sole discretion that you are: (i) violating the spirit or intention of the Event; (ii) are acting in a manner that interferes with the enjoyment of others attending the Event; and/or (iii) you are found breaking, or to have broken, any applicable law. Be respectful.
If you feel uncomfortable or think there may be a potential violation of the code of conduct, please report it immediately using one of the following methods. All reporters have the right to remain anonymous.If you are uncomfortable reporting your situation to one or more of these people or need to contact any of them directly in case of emergency, direct contact details are listed below: firstname.lastname@example.org or fill-up the form at hazefree.mit.edu
Participant understands that the Hackathon may be photographed, videotaped, recorded, etc. and hereby grants Hacking Arts the right to use or refrain from using Participant’s name and/or likeness. You hereby agree to permit Hacking Arts to record your attendance at the Event. Hacking Arts shall have the right to record, film and photograph your attendance at the Festival, Hackathon, Workshops or Tech Expo and to distribute, broadcast or otherwise disseminate your attendance, for commercial purposes or otherwise, in whole or in part, throughout the world, in perpetuity, in any and all media now known or hereafter developed. The rights granted herein also include, but are not limited to, the right to promote Hacking Arts, MIT and its Organizations and to use the same either alone or together with supporting information, such as your name, voice, photograph, likeness, biographical data, and submitted information. You agree that Hacking Arts may designate or sublicense others, e.g., distributors or broadcasters, to distribute the any such recordings and that these designees will have the same rights you have granted to Hacking Arts hereunder.
Hacking Arts does not claim any license or any intellectual property rights in Participant’s submission, except for the limited license to review the submission as part of Hackathon judging and awarding of prizes. We encourage participants to open source their projects to both share their hacks with the greater community and promote innovation in this space.
By submitting a Hackathon entry for judging or accepting any prize, you represent and warrant the following: (a) you will not submit content that is copyrighted, protected by trade secret or otherwise subject to third party intellectual property rights or other proprietary rights, including privacy and publicity rights, unless you are the owner of such rights or have permission from their rightful owner to post the content and to grant Hacking Arts Hackathon all of the rights granted herein;
We welcome undergraduates, graduates and young professionals, with a preference for accepted Hackathon applications from current students. We expect participants to form teams which should be a minimum of 2 and maximum of 6; these teams may be formed in advance or at our team formation event during the Hackathon, but all projects should be initiated and completed during the Hackathon itself. We strongly encourage teams that reflect the diversity of Hacking Arts attendees - traditionally Hacking Arts has had students join from a broad range of schools (MIT, Tufts/SMFA, New England Conservatory, Harvard, Northeastern, RISD, Brown, MassArt, Emerson, Mt. Holyoke, NYU ITP and more… take advantage of the opportunity!). Last year’s hackathon was ~59% women and we had strong contingents of engineers/programmers, artists/designers, business students and creative technologists who defy categorization!
Contest prizes are non-transferable by the winner. If you accept a prize, you will be solely responsible for all applicable taxes related to accepting such prize. Hacking Arts 2018 Leadership reserves the right to revise, make exceptions to, or otherwise change this Agreement at any time in whole or in part. with or without notice. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact email@example.com.