HACKING ARTS is the only event of its kind anywhere in the world that brings together engineers, entrepreneurs, designers, artists, and musicians to not just talk about the future of the creative industries, but to make it.

You will have the opportunity to assist with the hackathon, industry panels, tech and art exhibitions, performances or to help run the backend with logistics, marketing, and business development. We're also looking to hear ideas from you; if you have a proposal for something you want to work on, we're open to listening.


Programming Chair: Using a strong curatorial eye and intimate knowledge of the field, you’ll work closely with the Co-Directors to secure and develop the overall content programming of Hacking Arts 2019. This is a “big picture” position, requiring the ability to track many moving parts and understand how they work together.

Panel Manager: You are passionate about the industry and excited to network to bring in the most innovative and inspiring panelists within that field. Past panel topics are below (typically connected to the overarching theme of the festival); however, we enthusiastically encourage you to come up with new panel topics that potentially cross disciplines!

  • Design

  • Fashion

  • Film/TV

  • Gaming

  • Music

  • Performing Arts

  • Virtual Reality

  • Visual Arts

Special Events Manager: You will own the recruitment and coordination of live performances throughout the festival. In past years we’ve seen amazing performances from Grammy-nominated Ryan Leslie, the Media Lab's Opera of the Future Group, and the Brooklyn Ballet. You will also oversee for the development of artist residencies and supplementary programming.

Hackathon Chair: You will be responsible for designing the hackathon, coordinating speakers and judges, and working with the Business Development team to determine prizes and awards.

Hackathon Team (Mentor & Judges Coordinator, Hardware Supervisor, Hackathon Coordinator): You will support the Hackathon Chair in managing the mentors, speakers, or judges.


Production Chair: You will be the Co-Directors' third wheel, overseeing the production team and turning ideation into action. You have a passion for planning, always see the big picture, and want to secure a cohesive experience for this multi-day festival experience.  

Logistics Manager: You will work closely with the Production Chair and are willing to hustle to secure brand partnerships so all attendees are well fed and well taken care of throughout the weekend.

Volunteer Manager: You are a people person thrilled about meeting everyone interested in the creative arts. You will recruit and coordinate a volunteer team from all across the Boston area during the festival weekend, handle shift schedules, and help keep everyone happy and motivated!

Stage Manager:  Ideally you have a theater or performance art background and would be confident in coordinating A/V and lighting for the various, performances, panels, and events.


Business Development Co-Chairs: In this key position on the team, you’ll dedicate your entrepreneurial skills toward building significant partnerships, managing festival finances, and securing the future of Hacking Arts beyond 2018. Past partners and sponsors have included Google, Autodesk, the Museum of Fine Arts, IDEO, and Vitra. An excellent opportunity to tap into and leverage an ever-growing community of notable collaborators.

Sponsorship Manager: Ready to coordinate with high caliber contacts and global brands, you will connect with innovative companies who represent ideal Hacking Arts partnerships. With the support of the Business Development co-chairs, you’ll secure sponsorships for hackathon awards, performances, and overall festival operation.

Startup Manager: Some amazing startups have launched out of Hacking Arts. It will be your job to showcase them. Work alongside the programing managers to curate a list of MIT and Greater Boston Area startups and cultivate a new class of innovative collaborations throughout the festival.


Marketing Chair: You’re an astute communicator, able to distill vision into concise messaging and materials. You will manage your own team, building an implementing a strategy for success across social media, ticket sales, as well as advertising across the MIT campus and partner institutions in the Boston area.

Community Engagement Manager: You are going to be the voice of Hacking Arts. In addition to press engagement, you’ll work with the programming team to develop programming that expand Hacking Arts beyond the two day festival. You’ll be responsible for managing all social media accounts, curating content to keep our followers super-excited before, during and after the event.

Website & Ticketing Manager: As the Website & Ticketing manager, you’ll have the opportunity to innovate on one of the most forward-facing and functional component of our festival: our website. You’ll also work closely with senior leadership to devise ticketing price points, distribution, and website integrations for ticket holders! Previous web experience a plus, but not required.