Welcome to the IHTFP Gallery!

The IHTFP Gallery is dedicated to documenting the history of hacking at MIT.

The word hack at MIT usually refers to a clever, benign, and "ethical" prank or practical joke, which is both challenging for the perpetrators and amusing to the MIT community (and sometimes even the rest of the world!). Note that this has nothing to do with computer (or phone) hacking (which we call "cracking").

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Recent News...

2014.03.04 - Hack Madness
To honor this MIT custom, the MIT Alumni Association is holding Hack Madness: The MIT Tournament of Hacks, a two-week contest to determine the Institute’s greatest hack.
2012.04.20 - Tetris on the Green Building!!!
Someone finally pulled off Tetris on the Green Building and it's up there and live now! More details to come...
2012.02.06 - Hack, Punt, Tool: a Hacking Musical
MIT's Musical Theatre Guild wrote and is performing a musical about hacking at MIT called Hack, Punt, Tool. Final performances are on the weekend of February 9th, with tickets available through MTG's website.
2011.01.29 - TARDIS travels through time and space
After appearing at MIT in September 2010, the TARDIS traveled though space to the west coast. It was spotted at both Caltech and Berkeley in January 2011. Although in our timeline it appeared at MIT, Caltech and then Berkeley, who of us can tell in which order the Doctor visited these institutions of high learning?
2007.05.19 - Syndicated news feed added to the Gallery
There's now an xml/atom syndication feed of recent gallery news and write-up additions. This is also available through the mit_hacks feed on LiveJournal.
2007.05.11 - Site updates in progress
This site is undergoing significant updates. Some hacks after 1997 are missing write-ups and photos, but we're working on improving this. The timeline from 1997-present should be up-to-date, so please let us know if we're missing anything from it.
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Recent Hacks...

An office chair and cone appeared on the Lobby 7 dome
A banner from Harvard appeared on 77 Mass Ave.
Hackers greeted finals-takers with a banner bearing the text "Nothing's Impossible" and chocolates.
2017 CSAIL Sail
Large sail with the letter "C" on the Stata CSAIL building.
A foam dinosaur was placed on top of Kresge Auditorium a few days before Halloween.
On the 10th anniversary of the release of the video game Portal, GLaDOS appeared, descending in Lobby 7.
Students both mourn the loss of and show solidarity for Senior House
2017 Earth Day
Hackers transform both the top and underside of the dome into a globe for Earth Day.
2017 21 in 7
Playing cards bearing the incoming freshman class number
Statues around campus wear pussy hats in celebration of International Women's Day
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