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...

Hackers celebrate Thanksgivukkah by placing a celebratory banner and dreidel on Building 10.
Hackers place a medical mask on the Alchemist statue.
Pacman and Blinky appear on the Great Dome.
Hackers decorate Lobby 7 in anticipation of the Mayan apocalypse.
Hackers turned MIT's Green Building into a giant game of Tetris.
A Circus came to Lobby 7, complete with ring master, trapeze artist, high-wire, and more.
A Portal 2 themed Newton's Cradle appeared underneath the skybridge connecting buildings 18 and 56.
A Dalek (an arch-enemy cyborg from the TV series Doctor Who) appeared on top of a spire of the Stata Center.
2012 1000 xkcd Comics in Lobby 7
Hackers commemorated the 1000th xkcd comic strip by posting all thousand comics around Lobby 7.
On the morning of December 14, 2011 MIT green and grey army men took over MIT
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