Silly Hackathon produces zany tasks that nobody wants

Stupid Hackathon produces zany projects that no one needs

iPad on a face, a Google Glass app that makes the consumer throw up and a tool powered by twerking. These are however a number of the masterpieces out of this yr’s Silly Hackathon, they usually all embody what the occasion’s organizers are on the lookout for: “silly shit nobody wants and horrible concepts.” Now earlier than you assume we have gone rogue or have had an excessive amount of wine and stuffing, we promise you that Silly Hackathon is actual, and that is its second run. In truth, we have talked to its masterminds, Amelia Winger-Bearskin and Sam Lavigne, who informed us that the occasion’s aim is “to create and absolutely understand tasks that haven’t any worth by any means.”
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Each founders are college students of NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, and the primary run in spring this yr was open solely to their schoolmates (who did an incredible job conjuring up tasks “that have been each intelligent satire and simply plain bizarre,” Winger-Bearskin stated). They’ve opened it as much as everybody this time, as a result of, properly, why not — everyone’s received some loopy concepts brewing of their brains. As long as members truly create one thing inside the hackathon’s 9-hour period as an alternative of bringing pre-made tasks, they get to participate in an award ceremony of types. There isn’t any cash concerned, no free devices and no glory (is determined by who you speak to, we guess), however in the course of the ceremony, profitable members get to hit a “piñata crammed with booze, sweet, cigarettes and intercourse toys.”

When requested how the occasion started and why they created it, Lavigne informed us:

We get invited to numerous silly hackathons (in fact, they do not id themselves as such), and determined we needed to start out our personal. The tech business is filled with self-aggrandizement and posturing, and so many hackathons are about fixing issues that exist in a social, political or financial sphere — issues that may’t actually (and doubtless should not) be solved inside the sphere of know-how. Our hackathon, ideally, acts as a critique of the tech business as an entire, and in addition a enjoyable area to make issues that are not constrained by solutionism.

We’ll cease blabbing proper right here, as a result of we’ll guess you’d slightly see what the contenders got here up with once they have been advised the theme for this spherical was “A Cornucopia of Shit.” Click on the gallery above, and use the entries to distract your nosy aunt when she asks you for the thirtieth time why you continue to do not have youngsters. (Do not you simply adore it when the entire household will get collectively for the holidays?) You are welcome.

PS: We have overlooked some entries, however you possibly can see the entire record on the occasion’s web site. Additionally, the founders plan to make this an annual occasion. They’ve simply been invited to do one in Berlin, and Winger-Bearskin, particularly, hopes they will ultimately go on a world Silly tour.

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