The combined challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide have left us adjusting to new ways of working, living, and playing. With the pandemic easing its grip on some parts of the world but tightening its grip elsewhere, the ever-evolving situation has presented significant logistical and event planning challenges for our team.
After thorough consultation with members of our community and our partners, the organizing team has decided to postpone Reality Hack 2021 until Fall 2021. This decision was based on the conclusion that we would not be able to deliver the top-notch event that you are accustomed to in the format and time scale we had planned.
We will keep you updated on all our social media channels and via email about our new event dates and locations. We do plan on reviewing all the applications we've received thus far as well as keeping the hybrid in-person and online model.
Thank you to our community for your constant support. We wouldn't be what we are today with you!
We are looking forward to seeing everyone this Fall!
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.
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.