Hacking as a tradition and for fun

One of the interesting traditions at MIT, that began in 1989, was clever, benign, and “ethical” pranks or practical jokes, which are both challenging for the perpetrators and amusing to the world.

These pranks came to be known as hacks among the community. This new form of urban exploration or urban hacking, although not sanctioned by the university, was well received by everyone.

It denotes that, as long as any prank or joke, any hack, doesn’t hurt people, but instead amuses them, it’s fine. It’s a hack because it is something that is well planned and strategically executed, something that has been thought of cleverly to coincide with another situation.

It is interesting to note that hacking not only refers to software, but is also something that everyone comes across but oversees. Over the years they have seen various playful hacks that have entertained many people.

The most interesting was one where an entire building was converted into a giant playable tetris game. A brilliant mix of technology and urban art brought it entertainment to all those who witnessed it.

Credit: Erik Nygren

Below you see the most famous choice of location for a hack, Building 10 or popularly referred to as Dome, is lit with the Bat-signal.

Credit: Dany Qumsiyeh

Goes on to say. Hackers are good.

Originally Published on October 21, 2013

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