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 2-day 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.

Applications for the 2019 Hackathon are now open! See below for information on last year’s winners and special awards.

More information on last year's winners can be found here

toys for tinkering

Here are some of the tools we had on hand for hackers and mentors to bring their awesome ideas to life:


  • 12 V12 Velodyne LiDAR sensors, sponsored by Velodyne LiDAR

  • Position-based sound sculpture cubes, sponsored by MASARY Studios

  • 10 Leap Motion controllers, sponsored by Leap Motion

  • 5 HTC VIVE kits, sponsored by VIVE

  • 4 Oculus Rift VR systems, sponsored by MIT VR/AR Club


  • Wayfair 3D model API, sponsored by Wayfair

  • Fritz Machine Learning solution, sponsored by Fritz

  • GCP (Google Cloud Platform) credits for all registered hackers, sponsored by Google Cloud

Prizes and special awards

Check out the amazing prizes for winners and special awardees of last year’s Hacking Arts:

Best All Around Hack:

  • 1st Place: $2,500 - Sponsored by MIT Sloan E&I Club

  • 2nd Place: $1000

Hackers Choice Award: $500

Wayfair Prize

Wayfair believes everyone should live in a home they love. Through technology and innovation, Wayfair makes it possible for shoppers to quickly and easily find exactly what they want from one of the world's largest selections of home furnishings, décor, home improvement, housewares and more.

Awarded to teams of Wayfair’s choice. To be eligible for this prize, teams need to use Wayfair’s 3D model API in their project.

  • 1st Place: 1 Oculus headset for each team member in the winning team

  • 2nd Place: $250 donation to the charity organizations of the hacker’s choice for each team member in the winning team

Google Cloud Prize

For all registered hackers

  • GCP (Google Cloud Platform) credits for all registered hackers

Awarded to teams of Google Cloud’s choice. To be eligible for this prize, teams need to use Google Cloud Platform in their projects.

  • Winning team will be awarded 4 Google Home Minis

Fritz prizes

The most compelling mobile experiences these days are powered by machine learning. Fritz offers APIs to solve common problems like image labeling, object detection, and artistic style transfer. Everything runs directly on-device which means it works offline, at high frame-rates, and keeps sensitive data in the hands of users. Developers with custom models can use Fritz to manage and protect them. We support Core ML, TensorFlow Lite and TensorFlow Mobile. All ML features along with custom model support are available on both iOS and Android. Make apps that can see, hear, and understand with Fritz.

Awarded to teams of Fritz’s choice. To be eligible for this prize, teams need to use in their projects.

  • Two years of Fritz premium services (valued at $5,000) to the winning team of the Fritz Prize

  • Fritz ML Grants ($1,000 each) will be awarded to team(s) of Fritz’s choice.