Reality Hack is an annual community-run XR hackathon comprising thought leaders, brand mentors and creators, participants, students, and technology lovers, who come together and attend tech workshops, talks, discussions, fireside chats, collaborations, hacking, and more.Participants of various backgrounds and all skill levels attend from all over the world.
It is typically held at MIT co-hosted by a team of community volunteers (alumni, friends, and others) with the Reality Hack Organization 501-c3 and a student org VR/AR@MIT. We all share a common goal: to educate, empower and enable people to be part of the XR industry.
Last year, 75 teams created incredible projects including climate change visualizations in VR, AR storyboarding tools, spatialized hashtags, VR accessibility toolkits, VR games and more! To see more, check out the 2020 page to read more and see the projects.
This year, things will be different as we host a smaller, hybrid virtual and in-person event.
MIT Reality Hack runs over five days. It starts with a day of learning workshops, which culminates in forming project teams. Hacking then takes over three days, with mentors, hardware, and snacks to guide the way. It culminates in judging and a public expo to bring to light some of the amazing projects and ideas developed.
For 2021, we've reimagined what Reality Hack looks like. Due to the challenges of COVID-19 and the optimism of speedy vaccinations, we're hosting a smaller, hybrid virtual and in-person event. Participants will be split into two physical sites, one in New York City in the USA, and the other in Western Europe (exact site announced later). Each site will host between 35-50 participants and an array of COVID safety measures will ensure everyone's safety. Virtual participants will collaborate with participants at the physical sites. For more information, visit the FAQ.
At Reality Hack, we strive to provide opportunities to:
Learn: Presentations and tech workshops prepare participants with the fundamentals for creating any immersive experience, not to mention the organic discussions, fireside chats and more!
Connect: Reality Hack participants are artists, creatives, domain experts, storytellers, designers, students and experts. The hackathon facilitates the chance to collaborate with people from various cultures and skill levels, with the aim to expand networks of friends and colleagues who are passionate about creativity and technology.
Create: This is where dream projects are made! Participants practice creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, time management, and problem solving while boosting skill sets! Many Hack projects have also turned into start-ups.
The culture we aim to shape at Reality Hack is one of inclusion, a culture that includes accessibility and diversity for both the participants and the experiences created at this event.