Congratulations to Team Inside Art for winning the GRAND PRIZE at the Hacking Arts Hackathon! Inside Art consisted of team members Bruno Olmedo, Kathy Wu, Willy Wu, and Marcelo deCastro. They asked the question, Why do museums make you stand away from these masterpieces? 

Using the IMVU online metaverse, Inside Art created virtual realities of famous works of art including American Gothic and the Birth of Venus. Using a VR headset, art lovers can explore these famous scenes up close and personal. The Grand Prize of $1000 is presented by, a non-profit organization that believes in and supports young innovators and entrepreneurs. 

Congratulations to Team DJ Guru, made up of Arpit Gupta, Gulay Ozkan and David Henry for winning 2nd place! The 2nd place prize includes $500 + 1 Harmonix RB4 Guitar bundle for each team member. Team DJ Guru was also the winner of the CODEMKRS Acceleration Award prize, offered by CODEMKRS’ founder Travis Laurendine. Travis, our Hackathon advisor and facilitator, will help DJ Guru accelerate and scale their vision!

For the 3rd place of this year’s MIT Hackathon there was a tie! Congratulations to Team LockAR, with sole member Uttam Grandhi, and Team Music Touch with members David Wang and George Sun! The 3rd place prize contains $250 + Tickets to ETHEL: Documerica & Babson Arts in the Spring Series.

We also had additional prizes this year, one of which was sponsored by Sonos; The Sonos Ultimate User Experience Hack Prize of $1000. Congratulations to Team My Sonos Hack, made up of members Nick Del Vecchio, Adam Mitchell, Jacob Connery, Sophia Yang, Kevin Shaabi, Jose Belloso and Linda Cheung! Sonos charged Hacking Arts participants to re-envision the user experience of enjoying music in the home and this extraordinary team delivered!  

Finally, a big congratulation also goes to Team BAE with members Kiran Wattamwar and Christina Sun for winning the Artsy prize for the Most Creative Use of Artsy API! This prize consists of an invitation to Artsy onsite event in NYC, Artsy NYC office tour and $200 subsidized team travel. BAE stands for Better Art Understanding and their tongue-in-cheek hack allows for anyone to sound knowledgable about art criticism; using the Artsy API these two Course 6 students were able to scan works of art and automatically generate commentary that would allow you to keep up with even the most devoted art history buffs. 

All the teams were impressive and deserve congratulations. Check back soon for more details on our hackathon winners and videos from the entire Festival!