Best of the Gallery
For newcomers, the IHTFP Gallery staff presents a
selection of some of the most spectacular and memorable hacks in
recent history. These classics range from subtle hacks that
were in plain sight for days to widely-viewed hacks that
garnered national media attention.
The Fleming Cannon from Caltech's Fleming Hovse was transported
to MIT by the Howe & Ser Moving Company, receiving
international media publicity. The cannon was subsequently
retrieved by members of Caltech's Fleming House. The cannon
appeared during MIT's Campus Preview Weekend and during the 20th
anniversary of Harvey Mudd's original heist of the cannon.
Just a couple
of days before the summer 1999 openning of Phantom Menace,
MIT's great dome is transformed into the likeness of R2-D2.
MIT's Great Dome is adorned to look like a propeller
beanie, complete with a to scale propeller that would actually
Hackers changed the inscription on the inside of Lobby 7
from "Established for advancement and development of science and
its application to industry arts agriculture and commerce" to
"Established for advancement and development of science and its
application to industry arts entertainment and hacking".
Hackers placed a convincing replica of a campus police cruiser on the Great dome.
To accompany the Boston Pops' July 4th, 1993 concert and fireworks
display, hackers turned the top of MIT's tallest building into the
world's largest sound (VU) meter.
For Halloween, Lobby Seven was turned into an elaborate cathedral.
Welcoming incoming president Charles Vest, hackers made
his office "disappear" by hiding the entrance behind a
bulletin board for his first day on the job..