Hack Madness: The MIT Tournament of Hacks
Update: We have a winner! See who was named Hack Madness Champion.
Hacking. A proud MIT tradition. In honor of this legendary custom, the MIT Alumni Association presented Hack Madness: The MIT Tournament of Hacks, a two-week contest that invited the MIT community to vote for their favorite hack. More than 27,000 votes were cast on Slice of MIT and social media. The tournament won the Gold Medal for Social Media—Alumni and Advancement Programs at 2015 CASE District I Excellence Awards and was featured on boston.com.
Some MITers were partial to gags on the Great Dome or hacks at Harvard. And others just enjoyed the sheer old-school strength it takes to pull a car on a roof.
In the tournament’s championship round, the Harvard-Yale game—three separate hacks that unfolded on national television—defeated the Caltech Cannon Heist, a 2006 prank that transported Caltech’s three-ton Fleming House cannon more than 2,500 miles undetected to MIT campus, by a score of 63-37 percent.
The Harvard-Yale game and the Cannon Heist also received the most cumulative votes throughout the five-round tournament. Click on the interactive tournament bracket for full results and and the voting results graph for all vote totals.
Relive the Tournament
The five-round tournament took place over two weeks and began on Monday, March 3, 2014. The winner was announced on March 14—a.k.a Pi Day (03/14), an unofficial MIT holiday.
How could I vote?
- Leave a comment or vote on each round’s Slice of MIT post.
- Leave a comment in the original posts on the Alumni Association’s Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and LinkedIn pages. (Likes, +1s, shares, and comments on shared posts did not count as votes.)
- On Twitter, use the hashtags #HackMadness or #MITHackMadness.
- Yes! Vote was available on all Slice of MIT and all Alumni Association social media outlets. Double votes in the same location counted as one vote.
- Votes on sites outside of Slice of MIT and the Alumni Association’s social media channels (i.e., shared Facebook posts) were not counted.
- The tournament was compiled based on input from members of the secretive Institute of Hacking Theatrics and Fugacious Pranks (IHTFP) with invaluable input from Nightwork, the MIT Museum’s Institute for Hacks, Tomfoolery, and Pranks, and the online MIT IHTFP Hack Gallery. The tournament would not be possible without those resources.
- Who doesn’t have a favorite hack? Share your opinions with the MIT community, reconnect with old classmates, and help your favorite hack advance in the tournament.