Hacking Arts is MIT’s annual festival celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship in the creative arts. Founded in 2013, Hacking Arts has established itself as the premier community event at MIT for E&I in the arts. Held each year at the Media Lab, the weekend-long affair encompasses a conference, tech expo, hackathon, and VIP event. The focus areas of the festival include design, fashion, film/video, gaming, music, performing arts, virtual reality, and visual arts. Panelists, exhibitors and sponsors include Spotify, Artsy, the Brooklyn Ballet, Sonos, Formlabs, Google VR, JUMP, and more. This year, Hacking Arts grew attendance by 150% and added a VIP event to better connect students with the panelists, exhibitors and artists who helped contribute to the weekend. In addition, DJ Young Guru, “the most influential man in hip-hop you’ve never heard of” according to the Wall Street Journal, was the keynote speaker. Integrating promotion of the arts, the event featured a performance by the Brooklyn Ballet. Dressed in tech-enabled tutus and costumes, the dancers brought the Nutcracker to life! Hosted by the MIT Sloan Entertainment, Media & Sports Club, this event is run in partnership with the MIT Center for Arts, Science & Technology and the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship. Additionally, Hacking Arts enlists school partners to help bring in a diverse group of students. 2016 school partners include Berklee College of Music, the New England Conservatory,
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Hacking Arts Hackathon
Hacking Arts Hackathon is 24hr competition designed to push innovation in the arts and entertainment field. It’s all about connecting creative and ambitious minds with the necessary tools to foster collaboration in the arts through technology.
The Conference hosts eight world-class panels held in four sessions. Eight entrepreneurs and innovators are selected to pitch their products and projects that are revolutionizing the creative arts industries.
The Tech Expo
The Expo showcases innovative ideas and technologies applied in the various creative industries at Hacking Arts. All are invited to interact with and be inspired by the exhibits on display.