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Erick P. '17

Oct 24, 2014

A Weekend of Hacking

Posted in: Miscellaneous

You're flipping through the TV channels, bored out of your mind between all the reality TV and cooking show. Then you come across a channel that catches your attention. A brilliantly parodied logo appears on the screen as the narrator's voice warmly speaks "Welcome back to MIT Planet".

a parody of Animal Planet

 

This week on MIT Planet, we look at three large hackathons of the fall season. Hackathons are a plenty at MIT all throughout the year, but the weekend of Oct 3-5 saw three different hackathons over the course of three days. MIT students as well as other students from all over the country flocked to MIT to compete in these three hackathons: HackMIT, Hacking Arts, and MIT's Maker Faire. We will observe each one more closely.

 

HackMIT

HackMIT is MIT's premiere and most prestigious hackathon. Every year, usually on the first weekend of October, MIT students and non-MIT students alike compete to think up and build innovative software and hardware projects over the span of 24 hours. Throughout the week leading up to HackMIT, companies ranging from the likes of Facebook and Google to smaller companies like Fitbit and Pebble provided their own prizes and held workshops on how students could use their resources and API's on their HackMIT projects. 

HackMIT
Photo creds to Elisa Young, MIT Technique

HackMIT 2
Photo creds to: Zoe Sheinkopf, MIT Technique

HackMIT
Photo creds to: Zoe Sheinkopf, MIT Technique

HackMIT

Photo Creds to: John Chow, MIT Technique

HackMIT

Photo Creds to: Tara Lee, MIT Technique

HackMIT
Photo Creds to: Tara Lee, MIT Technique

Learn more about HackMIT on their Facebook page.

 

MIT Mini Maker Faire

Already covered extensively by Ceri in her excellent post MIT Mini Maker Faire, I won't go into much detail except that the Make Faire is an event organized by MAKE magazine to "celebrate the spirit of creation". This was the very first MIT Mini Maker Faire ever and it was a huge success

 

My personal favorite part of the MIT Mini Maker Faire was the Robotic Combat Tournament, which my friend John P. '17 placed first in.

Robot Combat John

You can view more photos of the MIT Mini Maker Faire on their Facebook page.

 

Hacking Arts

Hacking Arts is a festival and hackathon that aims to create new opportunities for artists, engineers, business people, and entrepreneurs alike to collaborate and present their works. The event was full of presentations, exhibits, competitions, a fashion show, and even musical performances from Grammy nominated artists. Hacking Arts is run by student organizers and this was the second year it has been done.

Hacking Arts 
Photo creds to: HackingArts

You can see all of the photos from Hacking Arts on their Facebook page.

 

That's all for this week on MIT Planet.

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