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And the Winners Are...

Congratulations to Harmony Space for winning the Best All Around Hack at the Hacking Arts Hackathon this year! Harmony Space consisted of Max Harper, Matthew Seaton, and Evin Huggins. Harmony Space is a musical thinking tool that remaps our spatial sense to our auditory sense with the help of Hololens. Your position X (left,right), Y (up, down) and Z (forward, back) become pitch-shifting controllers of 3 separate musical notes that enables you to hear space and see harmony. Harmony Space will receive $2500 cash prize, $1000 Shapeways voucher and 2 weeks to use venue space at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, presented by The Huntington Theatre. 

Congratulations to Team Revive for winning 2nd place, comprised of Paul Reamey, Tim Gallati, Luna Yuan, Jiabao Li, Qi Xiong, and Jingchen Gao. The team goes home with a $1000 cash prize and a $500 Shapeways voucher. They created a VR experience that guides the user through the moves of tai chi and also helps illustrate the abstract concept of chi. It provides tactile feedback on intentional movements and synthesizes cues from the real world environment to help with better concentration and to strengthen the effects of practice.

And walking away with a $500 cash prize and a $500 Shapeways voucher and 3rd place winner, möbel, made up of HackingArts veterans Kiran Wattamwar and Christina Sun. Möbel is social furniture designed to bring people together in public spaces. The furniture is intentionally annoying to construct and is built around the people who construct it. Only when at least two people work on it, does the furniture light up and activate. The chair is designed to also literally bring people together - when two people are enclosed in this furniture, they must face each other in a constrained space, exaggerating this experience and forcing people to literally break down barriers and build something from them together.

This year's Hacker's Choice award goes to Inkfinity for creating a VR poetic journey inside ink paintings. The members Lei Xia, Daisy Zhuo, Yaqin Huang, and Sharon Yan are taking home $1000 cash prize courtesy of the MIT Sloan Marketing Club. 

This year’s Hackathon also featured two branded challenges presented by Adobe and Autodesk. 

Adobe challenged teams to use Adobe XD Experience Design CC to create a unique app or website to make the world a better place. ART1ST did just that. Jenny Liu, Jenna Tishler, David Schurman, Ellen Jiang, and Gloria Feng are taking home $1,000 cash prize and each team member is getting a 12 month Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. 

Autodesk challenged teams to make something (design, 3d-printed object, or idea) with their Fusion 360 software. The winners of this challenge, Sounditure by Overtones, created a tool that utilizes recorded music data from the Spotify API to generate 3D furniture design in Autodesk Fusion 360, which can eventually be manufactured via 3D printing. Kumaran Chanthrakumar, Thomas Chardin, Leyla Novini, Jakub Florkiewicz, and Alyssa Gerasimoff won a $2500 cash prize. 

Congratulations to all the teams who participated this year! Check back soon for more details on our hackathon winners and videos from the entire weekend!

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Hack, vitra's approach to the office

"Designed by Konstantin Grcic, Hack is a table system that anticipates the requirements of companies and employees – a provocative solution which can be understood as a 'hack' of the office environment. Grcic counters traditional desks with an innovative functional and aesthetic approach that satisfies the demands of today's high-tech companies. Such companies need to offer young university graduates an attractive, practical and creative work environment while also being able to respond to dynamic changes in their office structures.

With its raw wooden panels, Hack presents an unfinished aesthetic at first glance, like a snapshot of an experimental project under development. The system reflects the attitude of companies that similarly define themselves in terms of constant change. Each Hack unit forms an autonomous element whose adaptability allows it to satisfy various needs: companies value Hack for its flexibility, since it can be folded up into a practical, flat 'box' in just a few simple steps. This makes Hack easy to dismantle and transport and enables space-saving storage. Individual users appreciate Hack's expansive work surface, as well as its provision of a private sphere that can be personalized. The height adjustment feature offers standing, sitting and lounge options and thus defines distinct niches for work, meetings and relaxation. Hack is not only functional and flexible, but is also fabricated in a manner that reflects the environmental priorities of young companies: thanks to its manually operated mechanism, the production and utilisation of Hack are ecologically sustainable. In addition, the tables are manufactured on site in an energy-efficient manner, with wooden parts that are locally produced and assembled by Vitra using prefabricated metal hardware.

The construction of Hack is robust and stripped down to the essentials. The solid hinges connecting the three wooden panels are precisely tooled metal parts that facilitate the clever folding function of Hack and simultaneously ensure its stability. The continuously variable height adjustment of the table top is manually operated with a recessed grip or a crank. Depending on the version, this feature makes it possible to adjust the table height within seconds from 300 to 1250 mm. In the lowest position, Hack can be outfitted with cushions for use as a sofa."

For a more in depth look at Hack, visit vitra.com/hack

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Hacking Arts invaded the Boston Museum of Fine Arts

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Hacking Arts invaded the Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Hacking Arts invaded the Boston Museum of Fine Arts cafeteria and erected an experimental Uncanny Cat Café. The night was joyful chaos. The Primordial Spoof was born, in the form of a #HeavyPettingZoo. Robotic cats lounged amongst hundreds of attendees, a siren’s call from the future. Art has 9 lives. #mfaMEOW.

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Featured panel: 'Play, Perform, Participate'

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Featured panel: 'Play, Perform, Participate'

Read more about our featured panel this week 'Play, Perform, Participate' from our panel lead, Jessica Scarpati, who is currently pursuing her M.A. in Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University.

'Play, Perform, Participate' will take place at the MIT Media Lab at 9:45 AM on November 19, 2016.

Buy your tickets to the conference here.

Photo source: design-io.com

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Welcome to Hacking Arts 2016

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Welcome to Hacking Arts 2016

We are excited to announce Hacking Arts 2016. This November, MIT will host Hacking Arts 2016 including a slew of panelists, projects, tech expo, and collaborations marrying the communities and cultures of technology, design, fashion, film/video, gaming, music, performing arts, visual arts, and virtual/augmented reality. Fusing these communities together are the vital concepts of innovation and entrepreneurship in these creative worlds, what lies ahead and where we can go next.

 

Along the journey, follow our blog and social (twitter, facebook, instagram) to stay in the loop as we release sponsorship and event details along with interviews and coverage of leading innovative tech and creative events around Boston.

  

Take a look back at Hacking Arts 2015.

 

We welcome you to join us November 19-20 at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, MA.

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Launching Hacking Arts 2016

The time has come to pass the baton off to new leadership of Hacking Arts, MIT's own festival celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship in the creative arts. First held in 2013, Hacking Arts has experienced massive growth and achieved its mission of strengthening the creative arts community in MIT and Greater Boston. 

An extraordinarily impressive group is set to take over the leadership of Hacking Arts - get to know them below!


Helen was responsible for recruiting the wonderful Brooklyn Ballet through her Performing Arts panel, Choreographing the Future.

Helen was responsible for recruiting the wonderful Brooklyn Ballet through her Performing Arts panel, Choreographing the Future.

Helen Smith - Co-Chair

Helen is a 2017 MBA student at MIT Sloan by day, abstract expressionist painter by night. At Sloan Helen is thrilled to explore her passion for creative arts entrepreneurship and emerging technologies across MIT. She first became involved with Hacking Arts in 2015 as the Performing Arts Panel lead and enthusiastic Red Bull-ready Hackathon participant. Prior to Business School Helen was a management consultant for BCG in South East Asia and a research assistant and ballet teacher in West Africa. While pursuing her undergraduate degree in International Affairs from the University of Georgia, "Hot Skillet" Helen was also heavily involved in the student-run radio station WUOG 90.5FM as a DJ and Training Manager. 


Ric was responsible for our new look last year, creating the amazing logo and visuals used throughout the promotion of the event.

Ric was responsible for our new look last year, creating the amazing logo and visuals used throughout the promotion of the event.

Ric Lebre - Co-Chair

Ric is a Brazilian creative entrepreneur now based in Cambridge. He has worked in creative departments in almost all major advertising agencies in Sao Paulo for over a decade. In 2013 he started his own digital studio, with the goal to provide high-tech / artistic installations for events and point-of-sale. He has alway been a "maker" and on his free time he usually gets hooked on DIY projects or improving / flying his drone around. He is now part of MIT community thanks to his wife, Tamires Vilela (MIT MBA '17), and since than he gets involved as much as possible with students and clubs using his skills help all around.


The Tech Expo last year was a fan favorite - packed with innovations represented all of the creative arts fields.

The Tech Expo last year was a fan favorite - packed with innovations represented all of the creative arts fields.

Jessica Lu - Conference Chair

Jess is currently a first year MBA student at MIT Sloan. Prior to Sloan, she studied brain-computer interfaces and neuroengineering at UCLA and worked in drug development at Amgen. During her career as a scientist, she discovered her love for painting neurons and began to explore the intersection of science and art. She is also involved with the Sloan Women in Management’s Breaking the Mold Conference and the Sloan Healthcare and BioInnovations Conference. As the Tech Expo Chair for last year’s Hacking Arts, she executed her vision of creating an interactive playground representing all creative industries, and she is very excited to continue championing entrepreneurship in art and technology at MIT.


Now that the new team is in place, applications to join them are open

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