Update: We have a winner! See who was named Hack Madness Champion.
Welcome to the second round of Hack Madness: The MIT Tournament of Hacks. Voting is open and ends on Thursday, March 6, at 11:59 p.m. EST.
View full first-round results in the updated tournament bracket then vote in the polls below or on the Alumni Association’s social media pages.
A few things we learned in Round 1:
- A cow on a roof is more impressive than a car on a roof. And Tetris on a 21-story building is more remarkable than a VU meter.
- The closest votes? Dipsy Duck vs. Primrose Path, which was separated by only two votes, and Harvard Kidnappings vs. Claiming Harvard, which was separated by four.
- The widest margins: Smoots, the Harvard-Yale Game, and the Cannon Heist. Each hack took around 90 percent.
- Age is just a number. Hacks from the ’20s, ’40s, and ’50s advanced.
- More than 12,000 first-round votes were cast on Slice of MIT and social media.
Vote by region:
- Edwin Phortey Region
- James E. Tetazoo III Region
- Jack Florey Region
- Institute Historian T.F. Peterson Region
Visit the Hack Madness page for the full schedule. Check back to Slice of MIT on Friday, March 7, at noon to see which hacks advanced to the round of eight.inflated a weather balloon near the 50-yard line that spelled “MIT” before it burst, spelled “M-I-T” with their bodies at halftime, and tricked fans into holding “M-I-T” signs in the stands.
Two days before the 1999 release of Star Wars, the Great Dome was transformed into R2-D2. Hackers also provided disassembly instructions addressed to “Imperial Drones” and signed “Rebel Scum.”tool”-dedicated cathedral, filled with stained-glass, pews, an altar, an organ, a confessional, and holy relics. Two MIT alumni were married in a Wiccan wedding ceremony.
In 1968, students faked a blizzard by filling shower stalls with snow, opening windows, and turning on the shower. They told the Boston Herald that they invented snow-making shower nozzles. The paper ran the story on their front page.Smoot. The bridge’s length: about 364.4 Smoots. Today, Smoots are recognized in the dictionary and by Google.
The gold standard of MIT sign hacks. Posted above a crosswalk at 77 Massachusetts Ave., a non-descript sign with a silhouette was turned into an MIT student equipped with a back pack, a lab kit, and floppy disk. (Hey, it was 1987.)appeared on the top of the Great Dome in 1994. The car was equipped with flashing lights, a dummy police officer, donuts, a parking ticket, and plate number “IHTFP.” The hack received national and global television coverage.
In 1990, on Charles Vest’s first day as MIT president, his office was hidden by a bulletin board carefully placed in front of the president’s office door. His staff thought they were on the wrong floor.Howe & Ser Moving Company—traveled cross-country to rival Caltech and transported the school’s three-ton cannon back to MIT. They also fashioned an over-sized Brass Rat for the cannon’s barrel.
In the 1948, students unveiled the Dipsy Duck, a 12′ supposed generator that could be placed near rivers to produce exactly 3.14159 (π) volts. They also claimed it could be powered by beer.
In spring 2012, hackers commemorated the 40th anniversary of the first moon walk by placing a half-scale Apollo Lunar Module and an American flag on the Great Dome.transformed into a giant game of Tetris. Players controlled the blocks from a console in front of the building and, upon defeat, the blocks crashed to the bottom.
In the 1940s, Harvard guests were the subject of periodic “kidnappings.” Actor Eddie Anderson was intercepted and brought to an MIT fraternity party. Burlesque queen Sally Rand was taken to an MIT reception and named “Associate Professor of Entertainment Engineering.”Entertainment and Hacking.” Hackers used Styrofoam that was painted to resemble stone and held in place by spring-loaded devices.
In 1928, students transported a live cow to the roof of the six-story Class of 1893 Dormitory (now East Campus dorm). The Boston Herald reported that the cow went up to the roof easily but a “small army” was needed to bring her down.