WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE festival AND THE HACKATHON?
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.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO participate in the hackathon?
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!
Why do we collect a deposit?
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.
I'M TRAVELING FOR THE HACKATHON. CAN HACKING ARTS PAY FOR MY TRAVEL/ACCOMMODATION?
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.
I’M TRAVELING FOR THE HACKATHON FROM ABROAD. ARE YOU ABLE TO PROVIDE VISA SUPPORT?
No, sorry. We are not able to provide any legal endorsements for visas of any sort.
What are the creative arts?
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.
What is an arts hackathon?
Hacking Arts is a 2-day competition designed to push innovation in creative industries. It’s all about connecting creative and ambitious minds with the necessary tools to foster collaboration in the arts and entertainment 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.
Who can attend?
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, engineers, and artists as well as total beginners eager to join a team. MIT students and partner school students are given preference.
I’M UNDER 18 YEARS OLD. CAN I ATTEND?
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.
I HAVE A DIETARY RESTRICTION. WILL YOU STILL FEED ME?
We will help accommodate your dietary restriction. There is a field on the application form to describe your needs.
WAIT, DID YOU SAY FOOD AND DRINKS?
Yes. We will keep you fed and hydrated while you and all of the other hackers work to solve problems, create something new, and innovate arts.
How big are teams?
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.
Whom can i expect to meet and work with at the HACKATHON?
Hackers who attend the Hackathon come from all skill sets and backgrounds. You will interact with technical, creative, and entrepreneurial-minded people.
I’VE BEEN ACCEPTED, BUT MY FRIEND HAS NOT. CAN YOU GET THEM IN FOR ME?
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.
Do I need to come with an idea?
You can come with an idea or without, and we will help you find a team during the team formation and ideation session.
What can I build?
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.
What should I bring?
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.
Can I see examples from previous years?
A recap of previous winners can be found below:
I can't attend anymore, how do I cancel my ticket?
We’ll miss you, but will be grateful you’ve let us know so we can fill your spot.