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!